Ray Kurzweil: There’s a Blueprint for the Master Algorithm in Our Brains – Futurism

Posted: July 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

In Brief Ray Kurzweil, Google's chief engineer, is a famous futurist who's always banked on the coming of the singularity when artificial intelligence overcomes human intelligence. For that to happen, however, we need to figure out the master algorithm.

Todays artificial intelligence (AI) systems are, no doubt, considerably advanced. There are now intelligent machine learning algorithms capable of driving vehicles, assisting doctors, or even engaging in art and in almost-human conversation. However, despite AI programmed as artificial deep neural networks, these are still far from actually mimicking what the human brain is capable of.

Renowned futurist and Google engineer Ray Kurzweil thinks that the key to human-level AIis a master algorithm, and he believes that the brain holdsa blueprint to this. The famous inventor and thinker, known for his mostly accurate predictions about future technologies, said that the brains neocortex that part of the brain thats responsible for intelligent behavior consists of roughly 300 million modules that recognize patterns. These modules are self-organized into hierarchies that turn simple patterns into complex concepts.

Despite neuroscience advancing by leaps and bounds over the years, we still havent quite figured out how the neocortex works. Kurzweil argued that these multiple modules all have the same algorithm, he said in the video by the Singularity Universityposted above. The mathematics of thinking, I think, is being understood, Kurzweil added, but I would not claim that we understand it fully. But were getting more and more hints as we learn more and more about the human brain.

Perhaps soon enough, well figure out that master algorithm and understand our brains better. Then well either be able to make better AI or AI thats better than us. Its worth finding out.

Ray Kurzweil: There's a Blueprint for the Master Algorithm in Our Brains - Futurism

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