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Artificial Brain Chip to Make Computers Smarter

In 2004 Bill Gates answered questions from a class of engineering students with the words “If you invent a breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence so machines can learn, that is worth ten Microsofts”. A year before these words were spoken a research project was started that had the same goal, to produce a learning computer chip. A book has just been published that introduces this new learning technology that transcends computers like the internal combustion engine transcended steam engines.

Computers are great tools for number crunching, statistical analysis, or just surfing the internet. Their usefulness is limited in Artificial Intelligence. We all have the experience of some computer on the other side of the phone that just did not understand us, or a fault finding procedure that goes around the same loop. My GPS once had me driving around in circles when it kept telling me to turn left. Twenty kilometers later I realized I had been there before. This could soon be a thing of the past, with a synthetic brain chip that is described in a book by Peter van der Made, about to be published by Fontaine Press, called “Higher Intelligence” (Available as an e-book on Amazon)

The book introduces a new learning technology, which transcends computers and has the potential to evolve intelligence. Learning is what makes the human brain adaptive and evolve intelligence.

The brain consists of nothing but living cells. It gives no hint why it should exhibit intelligence. In the book, the human brain is viewed as a giant 3D interactive information carrier that contains mind ‘software’. Learning is a prime function of the brain. Therefore the synthetic brain chip evolves through learning rather than being programmed. The fact that the brain learns, that it gathers and applies knowledge is one thing that has been overlooked in the development of past Artificial Intelligence systems.

The book delves further into the differences between the current ‘state of the art’ in Artificial Intelligence and an artificial brain. How do we recognize the image of a dog against a cluttered background? How do we understand people in a noisy room? What is the definition of Intelligence? What about sensory organs, what role do they play in evolving intelligence as the brain grows? Once we have built an intelligent robot, what will its impact be on society? Its impact is likely to be greater than the technologies that went before it. How will we distribute wealth when intelligent robots do all the work?

‘Higher Intelligence’ explores all these questions and much more. It gives insight into future intelligent systems and explains how the human brain works, how we can build machines that work in the same way, and how they will complement our existing computer-based society.

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