Russians create 'artificial human brain'
Russian scientists claim to have developed the first artificial brain with
the same intellectual potential as a human.
The neuro-computer is based on the workings of the human brain cell and can
out perform previous brain models.
It uses pioneering findings in neurophysiology and neuromorphology to
produce a truly thinking machine, scientist Vitaly Valtsev has told the
Interfax news agency.
He has warned of the potential of the scientific breakthrough, saying the
new brain could turn into a Frankenstein monster if mistreated.
The scientist said: "This machine needs to be trained like a newborn child.
It is extremely important for us to make it a friend, not a criminal or an
Mr Valtsev, a member of the International Academy of Information Science,
says the Russians have succeeded where others have failed because they used
a model of the neurons in the brain in building the computer.
He says earlier attempts to create advanced artificial intelligence have
failed because scientists tried to create a machine using a model of the
neuron taken from the spinal cord developed back in the 1940s.
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