Now declassified & available online! Russian Quantum Leap technology enhances RNA, DNA & health, cures diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer 2), stops TI targeting.
By Alfred Lambremont Webre
WATCH QUANTUM LEAP PANEL INTERVIEW
Now declassified & available online! Russian Quantum Leap technology enhances RNA, DNA & health, cures diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer 2), stops TI targeting.
By Alfred Lambremont Webre
WATCH QUANTUM LEAP PANEL INTERVIEW
VIDEO: Magnus Olsson: Transhumanist Agenda are mind-stealers! Brussels conference to feature NSA whistleblower William Binney
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VANCOUVER, BC – In this ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre, EUCACH.org founder and director Magnus Olsson gives an update on significant aspects of the Transhumanist Agenda, which he describes as “mind-stealers”.
Magnus Olsson estimates that already several million persons in Europe are actively “chipped and online” with nano-neurobots in their brains inhaled from chemtrails and now entrained to super-computers and HAARP. Approximately 80% of humanity has inactive nano-neurobots in their brains inhaled from chemtrails that can be activated and entrained to super-computers and HAARP in the covert program to “robotize” humans known as the Transhumanist Agenda.
Covert Harassment Conference 2014 with NSA Whistleblower William Binney
Magnus Olsson announces a major international conference exposing the Transhumanist Agenda to be held in Brussels on Nov 20, 2014, featuring NSA whistleblower William Binney. William Binney is a 30 year NSA veteran who resigned in Oct. 2001 because of the flagrant constitutional violations NSA was engaging in.
Other speakers include:
-Magnus Olsson – Director of EUCACH – European Coalition Against Covert Harassment
-Peter Mooring – Founder of STOPEG Foundation – STOP Electronic weapons and Gang stalking
– Dr. Henning Witte – Founder of White TV, Sweden’s first uncontrolled medium
– Dr. Rauni Kilde – Medical specialist and advisor
– Mojmír Babáček – Writer, Czech Republic
– Alfred Lambremont Webre, MEd, JD – Active with human rights and social justice
Information on the Conference can be accessed at:
Videos of the presentations will be available for those who cannot attend the conference.
Covert Harassment Conference 2014 with NSA Whistleblower William Binney http://covertharassmentconference.com/
VIDEO – Magnus Olsson: Transhumanist Agenda are mind-stealers! Brussels conference to feature NSA whistleblower William Binney
NSA spying whistleblower Edward Snowden’s statements have been verified. Reporter Glenn Greenwald has promised numerous additional disclosures from Snowden.
We reported in 2008:
A new article by investigative reporter Christopher Ketcham reveals, a governmental unit operating in secret and with no oversight whatsoever is gathering massive amounts of data on every American and running artificial intelligence software to predict each American’s behavior, including “what the target will do, where the target will go, who it will turn to for help”.
The same governmental unit is responsible for suspending the Constitution and implementing martial law in the event that anything is deemed by the White House in its sole discretion to constitute a threat to the United States. (this is formally known as implementing “Continuity of Government” plans).
As Ketcham’s article makes clear, these same folks and their predecessors have been been busy dreaming up plans to imprison countless “trouble-making” Americans without trial in case of any real or imagined emergency. [Background here.] What kind of Americans? Ketcham describes it this way:
“Dissidents and activists of various stripes, political and tax protestors, lawyers and professors, publishers and journalists, gun owners, illegal aliens, foreign nationals, and a great many other harmless, average people.”
Do we want the same small group of folks who have the power to suspend the Constitution, implement martial law, and imprison normal citizens to also be gathering information on all Americans and running AI programs to be able to predict where American citizens will go for help and what they will do in case of an emergency? Don’t we want the government to — um, I don’t know — help us in case of an emergency?
Bear in mind that the Pentagon is also running an AI program to see how people will react to propaganda and to government-inflicted terror. The program is called Sentient World Simulation:
“U.S defense, intel and homeland security officials are constructing a parallel world, on a computer, which the agencies will use to test propaganda messages and military strategies.Called the Sentient World Simulation, the program uses AI routines based upon the psychological theories of Marty Seligman, among others. (Seligman introduced the theory of ‘learned helplessness’ in the 1960s, after shocking beagles until they cowered, urinating, on the bottom of their cages.)
Yank a country’s water supply. Stage a military coup. SWS will tell you what happens next.
The sim will feature an AR avatar for each person in the real world, based upon data collected about us from government records and the internet.”
The continuity of government folks’ AI program and the Pentagon’s AI program may or may not be linked, but they both indicate massive spying and artificial intelligence in order to manipulate the American public, to concentrate power, to take away the liberties and freedoms of average Americans, and — worst of all — to induce chaos in order to achieve these ends.
PBS Nova reported in 2009:
The National Security Agency (NSA) is developing a tool that George Orwell’s Thought Police might have found useful: an artificial intelligence system designed to gain insight into what people are thinking.
With the entire Internet and thousands of databases for a brain, the device will be able to respond almost instantaneously to complex questions posed by intelligence analysts. As more and more data is collected—through phone calls, credit card receipts, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, GPS tracks, cell phone geolocation, Internet searches, Amazon book purchases, even E-Z Pass toll records—it may one day be possible to know not just where people are and what they are doing, but what and how they think.
The system is so potentially intrusive that at least one researcher has quit, citing concerns over the dangers in placing such a powerful weapon in the hands of a top-secret agency with little accountability.
Known as Aquaint, which stands for “Advanced QUestion Answering for INTelligence” [which is run by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)], part of the new M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland. A mammoth two million-square-foot, 128-acre complex, it is operated in collaboration with the University of Maryland. “Their budget is classified, but I understand it’s very well funded,” said Brian Darmody, the University of Maryland’s assistant vice president of research and economic development, referring to IARPA. “They’ll be in their own building here, and they’re going to grow. Their mission is expanding.”
In a 2004 pilot project, a mass of data was gathered from news stories taken from the New York Times, the AP news wire, and the English portion of the Chinese Xinhua news wire covering 1998 to 2000. Then, 13 U.S. military intelligence analysts searched the data and came up with a number of scenarios based on the material. Finally, using those scenarios, an NSA analyst developed 50 topics, and in each of those topics created a series of questions for Aquaint’s computerized brain to answer. “Will the Japanese use force to defend the Senkakus?” was one. “What types of disputes or conflict between the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] and Hong Kong residents have been reported?” was another. And “Who were the participants in this spy ring, and how are they related to each other?” was a third. Since then, the NSA has attempted to build both on the complexity of the system—more essay-like answers rather than yes or no—and on attacking greater volumes of data.
“The technology behaves like a robot, understanding and answering complex questions,” said a former Aquaint researcher. “Think of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the most memorable character, HAL 9000, having a conversation with David. We are essentially building this system. We are building HAL.” A naturalized U.S. citizen who received her Ph.D. from Columbia, the researcher worked on the program for several years but eventually left due to moral concerns. “The system can answer the question, ‘What does X think about Y?’” she said. “Working for the government is great, but I don’t like looking into other people’s secrets.
A supersmart search engine, capable of answering complex questions such as “What were the major issues in the last 10 presidential elections?” would be very useful for the public. But that same capability in the hands of an agency like the NSA—absolutely secret, often above the law, resistant to oversight, and with access to petabytes of private information about Americans—could be a privacy and civil liberties nightmare. “We must not forget that the ultimate goal is to transfer research results into operational use,” said Aquaint project leader John Prange, in charge of information exploitation for IARPA.
Once up and running, the database of old newspapers could quickly be expanded to include an inland sea of personal information scooped up by the agency’s warrantless data suction hoses. Unregulated, they could ask it to determine which Americans might likely pose a security risk—or have sympathies toward a particular cause, such as the antiwar movement, as was done during the 1960s and 1970s. The Aquaint robospy might then base its decision on the type of books a person purchased online, or chat room talk, or websites visited—or a similar combination of data. Such a system would have an enormous chilling effect on everyone’s everyday activities—what will the Aquaint computer think if I buy this book, or go to that website, or make this comment? Will I be suspected of being a terrorist or a spy or a subversive?
World Net Daily’s Aaron Klein reported earlier this month:
In February, the Sydney Morning Herald reported the Massachusetts-based multinational corporation, Raytheon – the world’s fifth largest defense contractor – had developed a “Google for Spies” operation.
Herald reporter Ryan Gallagher wrote that Raytheon had “secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behavior by mining data from social networking websites” like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.
The software is called RIOT, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology.
Raytheon told the Herald it has not sold RIOT to any clients but admitted that, in 2010, it had shared the program’s software technology with the U.S. government as part of a “joint research and development effort … to help build a national security system capable of analyzing ‘trillions of entities’ from cyberspace.”
In April, RIOT was reportedly showcased at a U.S. government and industry national security conference for secretive, classified innovations, where it was listed under the category “big data – analytics, algorithms.”
Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst for the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, argued … that among the many problems with government large-scale analytics of social network information “is the prospect that government agencies will blunderingly use these techniques to tag, target and watchlist people coughed up by programs such as RIOT, or to target them for further invasions of privacy based on incorrect inferences.”
“The chilling effects of such activities,” he concluded, “while perhaps gradual, would be tremendous.”
Ginger McCall, attorney and director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Open Government program, told NBC in February, “This sort of software allows the government to surveil everyone.
“It scoops up a bunch of information about totally innocent people. There seems to be no legitimate reason to get this, other than that they can.”
As for RIOT’s ability to help catch terrorists, McCall called it “a lot of white noise.” [True … Big data doesn’t work to keep us safe.]
The London Guardian further obtained a four-minute video that shows how the RIOT software uses photographs on social networks. The images, sometimes containing latitude and longitude details, are “automatically embedded by smartphones within so-called ‘exif header data.’
RIOT pulls out this information, analyzing not only the photographs posted by individuals, but also the location where these images were taken,” the Guardian reported.
Such sweeping data collection and analysis to predict future activity may further explain some of what the government is doing with the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. [Background here.]
“In the increasingly popular language of network theory, individuals are “nodes,” and relationships and interactions form the “links” binding them together; by mapping those connections, network scientists try to expose patterns that might not otherwise be apparent,” reported the Times. [Background here.]
In February 2006, more than a year after Obama was sworn as a U.S. senator, it was revealed the “supposedly defunct” Total Information Awareness data-mining and profiling program had been acquired by the NSA.
The Total Information Awareness program was first announced in 2002 as an early effort to mine large volumes of data for hidden connections.
Aaron Klein reported last week that Snowden might have worked at the NSA’s artificial intelligence unit at the University of Maryland:
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, told the London Guardian newspaper that he previously worked as a security guard for what the publication carefully described as “one of the agency’s covert facilities at the University of Maryland.”
Brian Ullmann, the university’s assistant vice president for marketing and communications, was asked for comment. He would not address the query, posed twice to his department by KleinOnline, about whether the NSA operates covert facilities in conjunction with the university.
Ullmann’s only comment was to affirm that Snowden was employed as a security guard at the university’s Center for the Advanced Study of Languages in 2005.
Within the last decade 10.000’s of people have become unwitting and non consenting lab rats in their own home, and the number of victims is growing exponentially in these years. Their life has been completely destroyed, and they are tortured on a daily basis.
The scale of these crimes and world wide spread and complete media blackout, suggest that these are not a few rouge scientist at private labs. But States and in particular their intelligence services controlling and guarding this research. In the US the CIA, NSA, FBI and DOD, have funded many neurological research projects. During the cold war hundreds of thousand of civilian citizen became unwitting test subjects of a variety of military and intelligence research project’ testing and of course the infamous MKULTRA Mind Control program run by the CIA. The where allegedly shut down in the mid 70’s, but many intelligence and military sources claim the opposite. The selection of test subject, the total media cover up and the deliberate discrediting of these test subject voicing their complaint, by induced mental health symptoms is just a repetition of history and gives a clear indication of the controlling people behind these extreme human right violations. Much of the system is build around “plausible dependability”.
Neuroscience has for the last decade been the fastest growing research field in the world, and its predominantly financed by the military and the intelligence services around the world.
It is no secret that we are entering what scientist refer to as the Neuro-Society, and there is already extensive research going on in as diverse fields as Health sector, neuro marketing, lie detection, personality profiling for job applicants, behavior modification, The gaming industry, remote control (automobile industry), communications sector (mobile industry).Computer interaction (all majorplayers), Artificial intelligence and neuro computing, etc.
The US military has close collaboration and joint venture collaboration with major companies in all these sectors. Just to mention one example would be DARPA’s AugCog (Augmented Cognition) program for intelligence and military use.
By: Magnus Olsson
Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism August 1, 2013
Researchers from the University of Zurich, have created neuromorphic chips that can mimic the way a human brain will process information in real-time.
With the assistance of an artificial sensory processing system, these chips are able to display cognitive abilities.
Giacomo Indiveri, professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, explained that the goal of the team was to “emulate the properties of biological neurons and synapses directly on microchips.”
With the creation of artificial neuromorphic neurons that can perform specified tasks, the researchers are able to further advancement toward a complex sensorimotor that can complete tasks in real-time.
Shockingly, behavior can be replicated by input formulated in a finite-state machine that could be transferred into neuromorphic hardware.
Indiveri stated: “The network connectivity patterns closely resemble structures that are also found in mammalian brains.”
Researchers at the University of Berkley have suggested implanting mind-reading “neural dust” into human brains to facilitate connectivity of man to machine.
If this dust were sprinkled onto a human brain, it could form an “implantable neural interface system that remains viable for a lifetime.”
This dust would consist of particles no more than 100 micrometers across that would be millions of sensors capable of measuring electrical activity in neutrons within the brain.
According to the paper, these sensors could be attached to the “tips of fine wire arrays” that could be inserted directly into brain tissue.
This would enable a human brain – machine interface and create a mechanical “telepathy”.
Another way scientists are endeavoring to connect man to machine is through the use of newly developed stretchy conductive material that could be attached to electrode implants to the brain or pacemakers.
This gold-crafted nanoparticle invention is an elastic polymer that can be stretched to four times its original length.
Nicholas Kotov, chemical engineer at the University of Michigan (UoM) explains that “it looks like elastic gold. But we can stretch it just like a rubber band. And when you release the stress, they pretty much come back to their original position.”
Kotov claims that this invention “can alleviate a lot of diseases-for instance, severe depression, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. They can serve as a part of artificial limbs and other prosthetic devices controlled by brain.”
The Royal Society, in conjunction with Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering came together this month to discuss the potentials, opportunities and challenges of the melding of man with machine (i.e. transhumanism) under the guise of augmentation technologies.
At the Human Enhancement and the Future of Work conference, and further expanded upon in their published report, explains how science and ethics are coming into conflict as technology promises to replace the faulty human body with an eternal, mechanical replacement.
These transhumanists define human enhancement as everything that “encompasses a range of approaches that may be used to improve aspects of human function (e.g. memory, hearing, mobility). This may either be for the purpose of restoring an impaired function to previous or average levels, or to raise function to a level considered to be ‘beyond the norm’ for humans.” Many transhumanist groups can be found throughout the world, such as the UK Transhumanist Association who believes that scientific research must be applied to answer questions of the human condition and bring substantial benefit to society. The Oxford Transhumanists promote “radical life extension, artificial intelligence, cognitive enhancement, existential risks and mind – uploading.”
The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford endeavors to answer the “big – picture questions about humanity and its prospects.”
These transhumanists favor the Singularity Summit, an annual extension of the Singularity Institute wherein robotics, artificial intelligence, brain – computer interfacing and [various] emerging technologies” into genetics and regenerative medicine are examined under the perspective of transhumanism.
The transhumanists at the 2045 Program assert that humanity “is in need of a new evolutionary strategy” consisting of a balance between the complexity of technological advances and the acceleration of informational processes to expand the “limited, primitive human” into a “highly self-organized” and technologically “higher intelligence”.
Technology can organize society and integrate unification of a super collective consciousness – a superbeing.
By doing away with individuality, the conclusion is the elimination of:
• Lack of consumer provisions • Aging, illness and death • Crime and conflicts • Natural disasters and catastrophes
The concept of the neo-human and neo-humanity is the replacement for a post-industrial capitalist and consumer-based society where a new form of civilization will emerge.
THE TRANSHUMANISM PANDEMIC
“Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” – Vernor Vinge, Technological Singularity, 1983
Within these pages we take an informative and in-depth look into the construct of the extensive Transhumanism matrix in an edge-of-the-seat balance between an unfolding reality that could equally rival any Hollywood sci-fi, and the factual entanglement that we collectively explore as human souls.
A layered awakening is promised the reader with this unprecedented collection of data that is sure to blow open the boundaries of any mind. The tearing apart of this deeply infesting pandemic will be vivisectioned chapter by chapter, casting a line through the story of humanity to reach an unexpected hidden plan that will rewrite the end-game for many.
Through the timely arrival of this book, a (perhaps prophetic) early-warning red alert, we can finally resolve to prepare and avoid the moment by moment staggering impacts of those who seek our organic annihilation.
This show, with the original title “Control mental. El sueño dorado de los dueños del mundo” (Mind control. The golden dream of the world’s masters) — broadcasted to some 10 million people — was one of the biggest victories for victims of implant technologies so far. Thanks to Magnus Olsson, who, despite being victimized himself, worked hard for several years to expose one the biggest human rights abuses of our times – connecting people against their will and knowledge to computers via implants of the size of a few nanometers – leading to a complete destruction of not only their lives and health, but also personalities and identities.
Very few people are aware of the actual link between neuroscience, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, neuro-chips, transhumanism, the science cyborg, robotics, somatic surveillance, behavior control, the thought police and human enhancement.
They all go hand in hand, and never in our history before, has this issue been as important as it is now.
One reason is that this technology, that begun to develop in the early 1950s is by now very advanced but the public is unaware of it and it goes completely unregulated. There is also a complete amnesia about its early development, as Lars Drudgaard of ICAACT, mentioned in one of his interviews last year. The CIA funded experiments on people without consent through leading universities and by hiring prominent neuroscientists of that time. These experiments have since the 50s been brutal, destroying every aspect of a person’s life, while hiding behind curtains of National Security and secrecy but also behind psychiatry diagnosis.
The second is that its backside –mind reading, thought police, surveillance, pre-crime, behavior modification, control of citizen’s behavior; tastes, dreams, feelings and wishes; identities; personalities and not to mention the ability to torture and kill anyone from a distance — is completely ignored. All the important ethical issues dealing with the most special aspects of being a free human being living a full human life are completely dismissed. The praise of the machine in these discourses dealing with not only transhumanism ideals but also neuroscience today has a cost and that is complete disrespect, despise and underestimation of human beings, at least when it comes to their bodies, abilities and biological functions. The brain is though seen as the only valuable thing; not just because of its complexity and mysteries, but also because it can create consciousness and awareness. We’re prone to diseases, we die, we make irrational decisions, we’re inconsistent, and we need someone to look up to. In a radio interview on Swedish “Filosofiska rummet” entitled “Me and my new brain” (Jag och min nya hjärna), neuroscientist Martin Ingvar referred to the human body as a “bad frame for the brain”. Questions about individual free will and personal identity were discussed and the point of view of Martin Ingvar was very much in line with José Delgado’s some 60 years ago, and its buried history of mind control: we don’t really have any choice, we’re not really having a free will or for that matter any consistent personality. This would be enough reason to change humans to whatever someone else wishes. For example, an elite.
Another reason for why this issue dealing with brain implants is important of course is the fact that both the US and the EU pour billions of dollars and euros in brain research every single year, a brain research very focused on not only understanding the brain, but also highly focused on merging human beings with machines; using neuro-implants to correct behavior and enhance intelligence; creating robots and other machines that think and make autonomous intelligent decisions — just like humans do.
Ray Kurzweil, who’s predictions about future technological developments have been correct at least until now, claims that in 20 years, implant-technology has advanced that far that humanity has been completely transformed by it. We cannot know right now whether he’s prediction is right or wrong, but we have the right to decide on the kind of future we want. I do not know if eradicating humanity as we know it is the best future or the only alternative. Today, we might still have a choice.
Something to think about: Can you research the depths of the human brain on mice?
Copyright Carmen Lupan
Human Brain Project gets go-ahead, €1.19 billion over 10 years – 2013-01-28 12:00:00
The European Commission has announced the selection of the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of two new flagship science projects. The project will last 10 years and is expected to cost €1.19 billion. Half of the funding will come from the European Commission itself, the other half will come from the EU member countries and participating institutions. Around 80 institutions are involved. Together they will attempt to model the human brain and build a biologically-realistic simulation of it within a supercomputer. The project will start around September 2013 and full brain simulations are targeted for 2023.
Ray Kurzweil joins Google as a research director – 2012-12-15 12:00:00
Ray Kurzweil announced yesterday that he’s joining Google as a research director. He will work full time at the Google HQ in California. His work will focus on machine learning and language processing. Last month Kuzweil published a book titled How to Create a Mind. In turn, Google’s long-term aim is to build a machine that is AI complete. So it makes perfect sense that Kuzweil and Google should team up.
Spaun – world’s largest functional brain model – 2012-11-29 12:00:00
Spaun is a simulated brain that contains 2.5 million neurons. This is far fewer than the 86 billion in the human brain, but enough to recognize lists of numbers, do simple arithmetic, and solve reasoning problems. The system is biologically realistic in its simulation of spiking neurons and neurotransmitters. As a result, it reproduces many quirks of human behaviour, such as the tendency to remember items at the start and end of a list better than those in the middle.
IBM simulation of 530 billion neurons and 137 trillion synapses – 2012-11-14 12:00:00
Using 96 Blue Gene/Q racks of the LLNL Sequoia supercomputer (1,572,864 processor cores, 1.5 PB memory), IBM and LBNL achieved a simulation of 2 billion neurosynaptic cores. This simulation contained an unprecedented 530 billion neurons and 137 trillion synapses running only 1542x slower than real time. The attached image represents the simulated network of pathways between neuron clusters in macaque monkey brain.
Blue Brain Project – Year Three documentary video published – 2012-11-13 17:35:00
The third part of Noah Hutton’s excellent documentary about the Blue Brain Project was released today. This is a ten-part film, with one part being released every year. It follows the project team as they attempt to build a complete simulation of the human brain within a supercomputer. All parts can be viewed on the website: bluebrainfilm.com
Ray Kurzweil’s new book published: How to Create a Mind – 2012-11-13 13:40:00
This is a probably a must-read for anyone interested in how artificial general intelligence will be achieved. His basic premise is that the brain contains no hidden secrets and that the creation of sentient machines will follow from re-engineering the brain in non-biological form. Kurzweil estimates that the human neocortex contains 300 million pattern processors linked horizontally and vertically. He claims it is these processors, rather than the neurons of which they are composed, that are the fundamental units of the brain. Near-future computer technology could build a synthetic brain containing well beyond “a mere 300 million” processors, and instead as many as a billion or a trillion. Website: howtocreateamind.com
Brain simulations and the new TOP500 supercomputer list – 2012-11-13 12:00:00
Twice a year a list of world’s the top 500 supercomputers is released. Today the list was updated and the new Titan supercomputer in the US took top slot at 17.59 petaflops. Rising to 5th place, with 4.141 petaflops, is the JuQUEEN machine in Jülich, Germany. If the Human Brain Project is successful in securing EU funding in January 2013 then the brain simulations will be run on JuQUEEN. This machine is now around 100x more powerful than the supercomputer currently used by the Blue Brain Project in Lausanne, Switzerland. JuQUEEN (pictured here) should be powerful enough to simulate all 100 million neurons of a mouse brain.
Google publish a neural network research paper – 2012-06-26 12:00:00
Google announce they have built a 9-layer neural network that can learn to detect faces using only unlabeled images. The model has 1 billion connections and the dataset has 10 million 200×200 pixel images randomly downloaded from the internet. It was trained on a cluster of 1,000 machines (16,000 cores) for three days.
Brain simulations and the new TOP500 supercomputer list – 2012-06-18 12:00:00
The list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers was updated today. At 8th place, with 1.38 petaflops, was the new JuQUEEN machine in Jülich, Germany. If the Human Brain Project is successful in securing EU funding in coming months then it’s likely that brain simulations will be run on JuQUEEN. This machine should be powerful enough to simulate all 100 million neurons of a mouse brain.
BrainScaleS neuromorphic processors – new demo video – 2012-05-31 12:00:00
This ten-minute video tour released last week shows the recently fully assembled BrainScaleS machine. We get a close look at the neuromorphic silicon wafer and all the supporting circuitry. There is then a demonstration of one artificial spiking neuron triggering the firing of a second neuron.
New video by IBM’s Brain Lab – 2012-05-30 12:00:00
This five-minute video released today gives some insight into IBM Research’s efforts to help shape the new age of cognitive computing. Project manager Dharmendra Modha gives us a quick tour of the Almaden lab in California and demonstrates some of the results to date. We see the so-called ‘brain wall’ which visualises 64 million neurons, equal to the number in a rat cerebral cortex. We also see the neuromorphic processor recognising hand-written digits and learning to play a game of pong.
SpikeFun biological neural network simulator for PCs – version 0.70 released – 2012-05-17 12:00:00
SpikeFun is a large-scale, biologically-realistic, neural network simulator that runs on a standard Windows PC. It can simulate around 32k neurons and 1.8 million synapses at 0.25x real-time on a normal home computer. On a high-end PC simulations of 3 million neurons and 476 million synapses have been achieved, although these were at 0.001x slower than real-time. Today version 0.70 was released and is available for free download.
Larry Page is personally funding worm brain emulation research – 2012-04-18 12:00:00
David Dalrymple, a neuroscientist at Harvard, recently gave a guest lecture at Marvin Minsky’s Society of Mind artificial intelligence class. David talked about his current research efforts to reverse engineer the C. elegans nervous system. During the Q&A session someone asked how the research is funded. To the surprise and amusement of the audience, David answered that it’s personally financed by Larry Page (CEO of Google). The research was also Larry’s idea.
Memristor-based artificial synapses built by HRL Labs – 2012-03-23 12:00:00
A press release from HRL Labs today says they have demonstrated the first functioning memristor array stacked on a conventional CMOS semiconductor circuit. They say this hybrid circuit is a critical advance in developing intelligent machines. Ultimately the team plans to scale the neuromorphic chip to support millions of neurons and billions of artificial synapses. The paper, which was actually published in December, is titled: “A functional hybrid memristor crossbar-array/CMOS system for data storage and neuromorphic applications”. The research is funded by the DARPA SyNAPSE program.
Web-based “Worm Brain/Body Browser” released – 2012-03-21 12:00:00
OpenWorm is an attempt to build a complete cellular-level simulation of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Of the 959 cells in the hermaphrodite, 302 are neurons and 95 are muscles. The simulation will model neuromuscular electrical activity as well as physical forces within the worm and from its environment. The project is treated a first step towards simulating whole biological systems including, ultimately, the human brain.
Digital brain in the works at Qualcomm – 2012-02-15 12:00:00
Paul Jacobs, the CEO of Qualcomm, reveals an interesting update: “The team started out building a retina. They found it responded to optical illusions the same way a human does. They added another layer of cells and it started to find features. They added another layer, it started to find corners and oriented lines. Another layer, it started to find patterns. Today it tracks objects. It’s not programmed, it’s taught.”
Artificial Brains: Not in this century – 2012-02-04 12:00:00
this skeptical article was published yesterday by cognitive scientist Mark Changizi. One of his arguments is that we still don’t understand the tiny nervous system of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm. If the functioning of these 302 neurons is beyond our grasp, even after decades of study, then we’ve no hope of soon understanding the many billions of neurons in a mammalian brain.
BrainScaleS machine shows its first spiking neural activity – 2012-01-24 12:00:00
BrainScaleS is a European research project that is building neuromorphic hardware using wafer-scale integration. One wafer is designed to simulate ~50 million synapses, or up to 200,000 neurons. The wafer was delivered to Germany from the fab in Taiwan late 2011. Last week in the lab it displayed its first spiking neural activity. The wafer can be seen in the photo, encased behind an octagonal aluminium plate.
Human Brain Project now half-way through the one-year pilot phase – 2012-01-03 12:00:00
The proceedings of the 2nd European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition were published online today. This conference marked the half-way point in the one-year pilot phase of the Human Brain Project (HBP). In the second half of 2012 the European Union will decide, via the FET Flagships program, whether to award .1 billion in funding for the project. If awarded, the HBP will become a ten-year attempt (2013 to 2023) to build a complete simulation of the human brain within a supercomputer.
Google X Lab has built an artificially intelligent robot – 2011-12-05 12:00:00
Someone claimed today that Google has developed a robot that can pass the Turing Test 93% of the time. The claim was posted anonymously to reddit.com by a supposed former Google X Lab employee. The posting is most likely a hoax, but interesting reading nevertheless. It possibly contains some elements of truth, although we don’t know which elements.
Silicon synapse built at MIT – 2011-11-19 12:00:00
Today researchers at MIT announced they have built a silicon synapse that models the ion channels in a single biological synapse. It contains ~400 transistors and operates using analog current, not digital. They plan to use the chip to investigate how biological synapses are strengthened and weakened, and to build larger systems that model neural functions such as the visual system. See the news article and the research paper.
Video presentation of the Human Brain Project – 2011-11-16 12:00:00
Newly released video presention of the Human Brain Project given by project founder Henry Markram on November 2, 2011 in San Francisco. Skip to chapter 8 of the video if you’re only interested in Markram’s part of the talk. He also talks with neuroscientist David Eagleman about whether a brain simulation would be truly self-aware.
Scientific papers describing IBM’s neurosynaptic core – 2011-10-07 12:00:00
Scientific papers describing IBM’s neurosynaptic core were published online yesterday. These cores implement 256 digital integrate-and-fire neurons and a 1024×256 bit memory for synapses. They use IBM’s 45nm SOI process. The chips are anticipated to become a key building block of a modular neuromorphic architecture.
Part two of the Blue Brain Project documentary video – 2011-08-22 12:00:00
Noah Hutton published part two of his video documentary about the Blue Brain Project today. It’s a nice clip and it’s great to get an update on the project’s progress. We meet the people involved and have a good look around their laboratory.
By Barry Neild, CNN
updated 9:13 AM EDT, Fri October 12, 2012 |
(CNN) — There’s no escaping the fact that the Human Brain Project, with its billion-dollar plan to recreate the human mind inside a supercomputer, sounds like a science fiction nightmare.
But those involved hope their ambitious goal of simulating the tangle of neurons and synapses that power our thought processes could offer solutions to tackling conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
The Human Brain venture is the next step in a long-running program that has already succeeded in using computers to create a virtual replica of part of a rat’s neocortex — a section of the brain believed to control higher functions such as conscious thought, movement and reasoning.
Scientists at its forerunner, the Switzerland-based Blue Brain Project, have been working since 2005 to feed a computer with vast quantities of data and algorithms produced from studying tiny slivers of rodent gray matter.
Last month they announced a significant advancement when they were able to use their simulator to accurately predict the location of synapses in the neocortex, effectively mapping out the complex electrical brain circuitry through which thoughts travel.
Henry Markram, the South African-born neuroscientist who heads the project, said the breakthrough would have taken “decades, if not centuries” to chart using a real neocortex. He said it was proof their concept, dubbed “brain in a box” by Nature magazine, would work.
Now the team are joining forces with other scientists to create the Human Brain Project. As its name suggests, they aim to scale up their model to recreate an entire human brain.
It is a step that will need both a huge increase in funding and access to computers so advanced that they have yet to be built.
If their current bid for €1 billion ($1.3 billion) of European Commission funding over the next 10 years is successful, Markram predicts that his computer neuroscientists are a decade away from producing a synthetic mind that could, in theory, talk and interact in the same way humans do.
His bold claims have inevitably fueled comparisons to doom-laden popular fiction in which conscious machines turn on their creators and wreak havoc.
The project’s scientists have been referred to as “team Frankenstein” and their computer likened to “Skynet,” the virtual intelligence that unleashes a robot war on humanity in the “Terminator” films.
Sean Hill, a senior computational neuroscientist on the project, laughs at such comparisons.
He says the computer will primarily become a repository for knowledge about the brain that will allow scientists to conduct experiments without the need to probe inside people’s skulls.
“This is a tool for research, not a giant simulated brain that is going to rule the world,” he said.
“Right now, we’re in a crisis in neuroscience. There’s a lot of wonderful data being gathered but we don’t have a place where we can put those experimental results together and understand their implications.
“The benefit of having this facility is you have a place to integrate the data into a model where you can test predictions and start to learn principles of how the brain operates.”
The computing power needed to build the model is phenomenal. Simply to replicate one of the 10,000 neuron brain cells involved in the rat experiment took the processing capacity usually found in a single laptop. To simulate a fully functioning human brain, it would take billions.
Hill says that such computational power — known as exascale — will be available by the end of the decade. The Human Brain Project’s scientists are hoping to work with supercomputer developers to ensure future machines match their requirements.
But, even as the team touts its experiments as a possible solution to the brain diseases that affect about two billion people worldwide, they have attracted critics who say their work is far too broad in scope to achieve usable results.
Professor Terry Sejnowski, head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, has been quoted as saying the Blue Brain project is “bound to fail.”
He told CNN via email that “progress is being made but there is still a long way to go before we will understand the computational capabilities of cortical circuits.”
He added: “We are just beginning to appreciate how complex our brains are, far beyond any other device in the known universe.”
Sean Hill said the team hoped it was answering skeptics with its achievements so far.
“It’s just a matter of keeping on doing it. Let’s keep improving these tools and open them up so that many scientists are engaged and collaborating and using it as common point to bring the data together,” he said.
“The only way to address the critics is to keep working, showing the positive results and do the best we can — and that is starting to happen.”