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Sample Press Coverage for the 2006 Almaden Institute on Cognitive Computing

I am indebted to my colleagues, Sara Delekta Galligan and Jenny Hunter, for compiling the following information:

Red Herring: Q&A: IBM’s Dharmendra Modha (5/6/06)
http://redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=16764&hed=Q%26amp%3bA%3a+IBM%e2%80%99s+Dharmendra+Modha#

ZDNet:  Blueprinting the human brain (5/10/06)
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6071061.html

CNET: Blueprinting the human brain (5/10/06)
http://news.com.com/Blueprinting+the+human+brain/2100-11393_3-6071061.html

San Francisco Chronicle blog:  The Tech Chronicles:  Hal-like computer simulation rattles brain conference (5/10/06)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=19&entry_id=5076

The J Curve (VC Steve Jurvetson's blog):  Upload (5/10/06)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/144240941/

The J Curve (VC Steve Jurvetson's blog):  Art Imitates Life (5/10/06)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/144309398/

Krasnow Director's Column (Jim Olds--conference attendee) (5/10/06)
http://krasnow.blogspot.com/

CNET: This is your brain on a microchip (5/11/06)
http://news.com.com/This+is+your+brain+on+a+microchip/2100-11395_3-6071404.html

Red Herring: Making Computers Smarter (5/10/06)
http://redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=16834&hed=Making+Computers+Smarter

Pasta & Vinegar: From Artificial Intelligence to Cognitive Computing (5/7/06)
http://tecfa.unige.ch/perso/staf/nova/blog/2006/05/07/from-artifical-intelligence-to-cognitive-computing/

Positive Technology Journal (blog): Cognitive Computing (5/7/06)
http://gaggio.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/05/07/cognitive-computing.html

Ultimate Mind (R & D of the mind blog): (5/9/06)
http://www.cythor.com/cyblogs/index.php?title=2006_almaden_institute_conference_on_cog&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Krasnow Director's Column (Jim Olds--conferenece attendee): Blogging on the road (again)  (5/9/06)
http://krasnow.blogspot.com/

AI in the News (american association for artificial intelligence) (5/6/06)
http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/html/current.html#head

BigNewsNetwork.com: RedHerring Q & A (5/7/06)
http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/redir.php?jid=8f0a4dded0fe967e&cat=6034630751577834

Digg.com: Blueprinting the Human Brain (5/10/06)
http://digg.com/science/Blueprinting_The_Human_Brain_
 
TechNews Forum: Mapping the Brain (5/11/06)
http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewstory.php?p=622194

SoftwareOnlineFind: Making Computers Smarter (5/11/06)
http://www.softwareonlinefind.com/software-news/

BetterHumans.com: 2006 Almaden Institute - Cognitive Computing (6/11/06)
http://www.betterhumans.com/blogs/sagan/archive/2006/06/11/8143.aspx

Red Herring: Q&A-- Gerald Edelman (6/26/06)
http://redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=17326&hed=Q%26amp%3bA%3a+Gerald+Edelman

New York Times: Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/18/technology/18brain.html?pagewanted=2&th&emc=th

United Press International: NewsTrack- Robots are becoming part of everyday life (7/18/06)
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060718-111526-7703r

Digg.com: Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://digg.com/tech_news/Brainy_Robots_Start_Stepping_Into_Daily_Life

International Herald Tribune: Brainy Robots Roll Towards Real World (7/18/06)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/07/18/business/brain.php

Amherst Times (NY): Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://www.amhersttimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2216&Itemid=27

Tuscaloosa News (AL): Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060718/ZNYT01/607180368

Wilmington Morning Star (NC): Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060718/ZNYT01/607180394/1002/business

The Ledger (FL): Brainy Robots Stepping Into Daily Life (7/18/06)
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060718/ZNYT01/607180413/1001/BUSINESS

Spartenburg Herald (SC): Brainy Robots Stepping Into Daily Life(7/18/06)
http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060718/ZNYT01/607180352/1051/news01

AOLNews.com: Brainy Robots Stepping Into Daily Life(7/18/06)
http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/brainy-robots-start-stepping-into-daily/20060718104109990006

Red Herring: Dartmouth Marks AI's Birthday (7/16/06)
http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=17590&hed=Dartmouth+Marks+AI+Anniversary&sector=Capital&subsector=EconomyAndPolicy

Red Herring, print issue: Computers That Think, Really (8/7/06)
http://redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=18008&hed=Computers+That+Think%2c+Really

ZDNet: Putting your brain on a microchip (5/12/06)
http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/emergingtech/0,39020439,39268542,00.htm

Global Research: Blueprinting the human brain
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20060516&articleId=2453

Bellacio:  Blueprinting the human brain
http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=11977

The Latest Brain Injury News and Developments: 3D Computer Stimulation of Human Brain (5/22/06)
http://braininjury.blogs.com/braininjury/2006/05/3d_computer_sti.html

Read This Blog! High Order Ignorance (5/10/06)
http://readthisblog.net/2006/05/10/

Read This Blog! Avoiding Deepest Ignorance (5/11/06)
http://readthisblog.net/2006/05/11/avoiding-deepest-ignorance/

The Irvken Experience: As Hermit asks - Sudden progress to be anticipated in AI? (5/13/06)
http://irvken.net/blog/?p=248

KurzweilAI.net Newsletter: Almaden Institute's 'Cognitive Computing' videos available online (6/5/06)
http://www.kurzweilai.net/email/newsRedirect.html?newsID=5591&m=19878

Inorganic Brain: Awesome!!! web site and information (06/05/06)
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=36024782&blogID=129334010

Traveling Through the Wire: Almaden Institute's Cognitive Computing Videos (6/6/06)
http://www.lvx23.com/weblog/archives/2006/06/cognitive_compu.html

LVX23Cab Driver for the Soul (6/6/06)
http://www.lvx23.com/weblog/archives/2006/06/cognitive_compu.html

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Comments

Well this will certainly give some reading for tomorrow! I hope there's more press coverage in the future, and I'm expecting to see interesting things come from your group. :)

Congratulations on being named manager, and best of luck to you and the other researchers there!

All the best,
- Brian

For the last year I have been writing a science fiction novella "The Singularity Signal" in which one of the characters is a Siman - simulated human. I image an artificial brain in which a human is scanned and run on a massively parallel computer system. It is part of a resurrection service provided to dead people by the company AfterLife. You can read this characters thoughts as he is brought back to life (Simtime Instantiation) in the second part of chapter 1, Artificial Brain. I welcome you to enjoy. (http://webmac.com)

After thinking about the problem for a while, it doesn't seem enough to just simulate a human brain, it would require a complete simulation also of the stimulus for that brain, hearing, sight, taste, smell, touch, balance, pressure, others, etc. Therefore any successful long-term simulation of a complete human persona would require this and interaction with other humans, simulated or real life to maintain the simulants sanity and mental health.
Of course this is all imagined, but it follows logically, that it should then be possible to give the simulated human a body in virtual reality to allow for this interaction with others. It also follows that new personas could be created and copied by combining personality and “skill components” from separate and different brains. Maybe potential for Schizophrenia might occur. For any real world interaction, simulated brains might wirelessly control robots. Hope this is of some amusement and help.

Michael Blade

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