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Company Claims Working Artificial Cortex

Posted 19 Jul 2004 at 16:46 UTC by steve Share This

Artificial Development claims to have developed a working "Autonomous Cognitive Model" (ACM) based on the human cortex. They say this AI has a persona named "Kjell" (after one of Alan Turing's lovers) and was activated in late June. Kjell is said to have a working frontal cortex, motor, and somatosensory areas but does not yet have visual or auditory cortex areas. The hippocampus, basal ganglia and thalamic systems are also "under development". The system is composed of 20 billion neurons capable of 20 trillion connections. It runs on a Linux-based hardware cluster of 500 dual-CPU nodes with a total of 1 terabyte of RAM and 200 terabytes of storage. They claim the system is 10,000 times larger than any previous attempt at creating AI and rivals the complexity of mammalian brains.

Here we go again..., posted 19 Jul 2004 at 19:33 UTC by motters » (Master)

<sigh> How many times have I seen claims like this made? I've lost count. The pattern is very stereotypical. Exaggerated claims are made, backed up by no evidence of achievement. Sometimes it fools investors or a few gullible technologists for a while, but sooner or later they discover that the emperor is not wearing any clothes.

Take a look at their site. Where are the demonstrations, the details or the papers backing up their claims? When the Wright brothers invented powered flight they may not have been eager to reveal the detailed drawings but they did have a very clear "proof of concept" demonstration for anyone to see.

Yeah but what does it do?, posted 20 Jul 2004 at 07:36 UTC by c6jones720 » (Master)

Those are impressive specs but has this super cortex been used to perform any useful tasks?

maybe its a stealth marketing tool , posted 21 Jul 2004 at 07:05 UTC by Timster » (Master)

for an upcoming film version of the children's story The Great Brain... after the shameless NS-5, and Mini-cooper hoaxes recently nothing would surprise me.

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