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March 03, 2015

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Rick Fuchs

Another thought-provoking observation --- thank you for expanding the scope of the application and definition of simple technology to areas touching the broader social sciences. But, I have to admit, after reading in your opening "in the not too distant future", I had a hard time reading the rest of the article without that theme song playing in my mind!

Pasquale Di Cesare

Thank you for another interesting and thought provoking post on the AI subject. It looks like AI and the Singularity might be a question of “when” rather than “if”. Brain reversing engineering projects around the world, if properly funded, and cognitive computing will nothing but accelerate the understanding of how our brain works and apply this knowledge. Critics denies some fundamental merits of these efforts based on the huge complexity of human brain and the impossibility of getting to a real understanding but I feel they might not take into account the power of cognitive computing and parallel progresses in the theoretical neuroscience. As an analogy it comes to my mind that also studying the universe as whole might looks an impossible task but, as theoretical cosmology has thought us, it is a matter of decreasing the degrees of freedom in the theory to make it a very effective and predictive physical science.

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