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Where Human Brains Far Surpass Computers
Andrea Kuszewski   Feb 22, 2012   I, Robopsychologist  

A current trend in AI research involves attempts to replicate a human learning system at the neuronal level—beginning with a single functioning synapse, then an entire neuron, the ultimate goal being a complete replication of the human brain.

This is basically the traditional reductionist perspective: break the problem down into small pieces and analyze them, and then build a model of the whole as a combination of many small pieces. There are neuroscientists working on these AI problems—replicating and studying one neuron under one condition—and that is useful for some things. But to replicate a single neuron and its function at one snapshot in time is not helping us understand or replicate human learning on a broad scale for use in the natural environment.

We are quite some ways off from reaching the goal of building something structurally similar to the human brain, and even further from having one that actually thinks like one. Which leads me to the obvious question: What’s the purpose of pouring all that effort into replicating a human-like brain in a machine, if it doesn’t ultimately function like a real brain?

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Andrea Kuszewski, an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, lives in San Francisco and works as a researcher and manager with VORTEX Research Group. She investigates the neurocognitive factors behind human behavior.


Interesting follow up to your first article. I would definitely agree that psychology will be essential to any attempt to create intelligent machines.

One thing that I would like to see discussed is the human ability to see a mistake in one context as a solution for a different context.  Could you teach a computer to recognize a failure to produce a medium to grow bacteria in as a way to cure disease, as one example.

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