Augmenting Intelligence: Enabling Neural Networks
“No one wants to hasten their cognitive degradation as they age. The serious reality of the long-term harm stemming from the results of sports concussions has led to a recent rethinking about the human need to protect a vitally important asset—the brain—from physical damage.
Scientists Mikhail Lebedev, Ioan Opris, and Manuel Casanova have written on and are researching the topic of brain augmentation. “Project leader Lebedev, a senior researcher at Duke University, North Carolina, said the reality of brain augmentation—where intelligence is enhanced by brain implants—will be part of everyday life by 2030, and that ‘people will have to deal with the reality of this new paradigm.’”
Technologically inclined, futuristic thinker Ray Kurzweil (1948–) articulates that human brains are very slow when compared to the speed that electronic computers can process. Despite the human brain’s inherent ability to parallel process vast amounts of information, Kurzweil believes that shortly the increasing computational speed of digital computers will far outstrip the ability of the human brain. He suggests that if scientists can learn how the brain takes chaotic and complex activities and then organizes them for understanding, this will lead to breakthroughs in computer processing that will far outpace any biological improvements that might result in increased human intelligence. Such understanding concerning the mechanisms behind the internal programming of the brain may then naturally yield improvements in artificial intelligence (AI)…”
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