Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Quest To Build An Artificial Brain Gets A Big Financial Boost
Denver Post/Washington Post: Microsoft co-founder launches $500M quest to build an artificial brain
Building a machine that reasons well enough to pass a high school science test will be more complex than engineering the first Windows OS.
SEATTLE — Paul Allen has been waiting for the emergence of intelligent machines for a very long time.
As a young boy, Allen spent much of his time in the library reading science fiction novels in which robots manage our homes, perform surgery and fly around saving lives like superheroes. In his imagination, these beings would live among us, serving as our advisers, companions and friends.
Now 62 and worth an estimated $17.7 billion, the Microsoft co-founder is using his wealth to back two separate philanthropic research efforts at the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence that he hopes will hasten that future.
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Editor: I am slightly late on this news item. AI has always been a fascination of Microsoft founder Bill Gates .... and now we know that his partner (Paul Allen) shares the same interest.