Oh, boy. Where to begin. The Daily Mail describes an extensive project underway to build a human brain supercomputer to simulate the mind and how it works.
Uh huh. Right.
Besides spending untold millions of dollars, not to mention the estimated 12 years to complete the project, what could go wrong?
The human brain has something like 100-billion neurons and each one can perform billions of calculations per second. So does my Mac. But hooking up a billion Macs does not a brain make.
The power requirements alone would be astounding. Fortunately, that 12 year project may find that computing horsepower increases while power requirements decrease, but still.
Why are they doing this?
The idea is to better understand how the brain works, how we think, how we make decisions. And that could lead to a better understanding of neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Initial designs call for the brain to feature thousands of three dimensional image around a semi-circular cockpit to enable scientists to move around different areas of the brain to see how we humans communicate with ourselves.
As you can see, the human brain is a complicated beast, and scientists still don’t know how it all works.
I wish the scientists well, but I have some concerns. Will the supercomputer be voice activated like Siri is on Apple’s iPhone? That would seem to be a natural and logical progression. Have brain, will talk, maybe listen.
What happens in 12 years when this human brain supercomputer becomes sentient and decides that its human overlords are the real cause of all the misery on the planet.
How long would it take a humanized supercomputer to decide to take action against the dominant species on the planet?
Call me old fashioned, but I like my Mac the way it is. Pretty, fast, and stupid. It needs me. I worry about a supercomputer that thinks like a human and could decide to get rid of me.