Jan Ferme


This is your brain on a microchip

brainSAN JOSE, Calif.–To Jeff Hawkins, today’s projects in cognitive computing take him back to the early days of mobile computing.

When the mobile company he co-founded, Palm Computing, was getting off the ground in 1992, the industry was called “the mother of all markets” by one technology executive, Apple Computer’s John Sculley, and “a pipe dream driven by greed” by another, Intel’s Andy Grove.

Now, cognitive computing – essentially, when computers process information the same way a brain does–is either “‘not in our lifetime’ or ‘any moment now,'” Hawkins said wryly to an audience at a conference of the same name this week at IBM’s Almaden Research Center. “We’ve been trying to do this for 50 to 60 years. Artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, neural networks, the Fifth Generation project–they’ve all had big moments in the sun.”

When we’ll have that kind of computers than mankind could become extinct… We are playing a dangerous game.

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