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The Chip: Neural Implants [Mar. 17th, 2006|10:59 am]
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I've been going through The Age of Spiritual Machines (recommended by Norm) lately, and some parts of it have made me think about the Chip.

First of all, Kurzweil says that neural implants are in the not-so-distant future. That is, electrical neurons (that are apparently 1 million times faster than biological neurons). These neurons use AI research knowledge known as neural nets for pattern detection and output, for each neuron, very simple results - but when put together in a extremely parallel network, produce exactly what our brain produces.

Somehow, the book says these neural implants could function in just about the same way as the Chip, but on a nano-scale. That, actually, seems like a lot better of an idea than a big old integrated circuit attached next to the brain: make it the brain itself.

The end of the Chip?