AI: "Russians create 'artificial human brain' "

From: Mark Plus (
Date: Sun Apr 15 2001 - 20:43:07 MDT


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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