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Electronic Human Brains?

By C F USA ·
I ran across this article today where scientist in Switzerland claim they will have developed a "Electronic Human Brain" within the next 10 years.

The article is titled "Are we on the brink of creating a computer with a human brain?" and can be found here : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1205677/Are-brink-creating-human-brain.html

My immediate thoughts are of ethics, morals, and consequence. Is it ethical or moral to create such a thing? What would happen if you tried to destroy it? Would the ACLU chime in and say you can't? (The Measure of a Man (Star Trek: The Next Generation (Episode 35)))

Would it be considered a thing if it began its own thought process? Would that not lead to it becoming a being with rights?

Would this lead to creation of "bodies" for the brains to inhabit? Or would it lead to "SCIFI Robotics"

Thoughts/comments?

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We're doomed, obviously......

by robo_dev In reply to Electronic Human Brains?

The morality is all how you define it: if you use the word 'destroy' then it's a machine, but 'kill' implies a living self-aware being.

Self-awareness, of course, would lead to our ultimate doom, obviously, since self-awareness would lead to self-preservation, and us squishy humans would only get in the way.

Terminator: "Skynet has become self aware. In one hour it will initiate a massive nuclear attack on its enemy."

Robert Brewster: "What enemy?"

John Connor: "Us! Humans!"

There is no shortage of moral issues or things to scare common-folk about.

As it is, you've got guys flying predator drones on combat missions in Afghanistan over (hopefully) secure remote links from their base in Nevada. So think about that...an UAV armed with two Hellfire missiles guided over a network connection.

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The Drones...

by C F USA In reply to We're doomed, obviously.. ...

"As it is, you've got guys flying predator drones on combat missions in Afghanistan over (hopefully) secure remote links from their base in Nevada. So think about that...an UAV armed with two Hellfire missiles guided over a network connection."

The drones are guided by humans. Someone is there to make that decision. Yes, over a network connection that could fail at any time, scares the bejeebus out of me.

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I assume there are failsafe controls built into these things

by robo_dev In reply to The Drones...

...course you know what happens when you assume.

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Whatever it is, it won't be human

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Electronic Human Brains?

In any sense.

How could it be, why would it be?

Whther it gets rights or not, who knows. If it can think though, it will be working on getting them. It's approaches to do so, won't involve getting the King to sign a document, writing a constitution, burning it's bra, or refusing to sit in the coloured seats....

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Hmmm... maybe you are referring to something different?

by DadsPad In reply to Electronic Human Brains?

The article is about creating a powerful computer to act the same as a human brain. I thought you meant to put a human brain in a robot or other non-human frame.

First, ten years is a long time in development nowdays.

It has long been predicted that a computer will equal or exceed the human brain some time in the near future. Ethics are something we will have to face when it happens. I doubt, especially in the beginning, that any computer program, no matter how smart, will be considered life. I think we are a long, long time away from creating a Startrek 'Data' type clone.

A 'thinking' computer is not something we should fear. Remember Asimov's robotic laws are something robotic engineers will remember. :)

In the case of a human brain in a robotic body, that could be a boon to quadriplegic or other severe disablity.

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The title..

by C F USA In reply to Hmmm... maybe you are ref ...

The term "Electronic Human Brain" was from the original article. While I agree it can be misleading, what I got from the article is that they were trying to develop a "artificial brain" to respond, learn, act in kind to the human counterpart.

I agree that in the case of a human brain in a robotic body, it would in fact be a boon to the disabled. Myself suffering from various injuries, I have often joked about putting my head on a 'bot.'

Who knows...

And I sincerly hope that engineers will remember the robotic laws of Asimov.
For those who don't know they are as follows:

1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2: A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

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