Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SyNAPSE: Is it for Good or Evil?

Do you recall the supercomputer named HAL from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, you're about to discover a computer system that surpasses the HAL system. It's pretty fascinating, especially since Hollywood's prototype was demonstrated in 1968, and that computer was just a figment of someone's imagination.

HAL was the artificial intelligence that controlled the systems of a spacecraft, and interacted with the ship's  crew. HAL was capable of speaking, speech recognition, facial recognition, natural language processing, lip reading, art appreciation, interpreting and reproducing emotional behaviors, reasoning, and playing chess. It had no distinct physical form, but he was represented as a red television-camera eye located on equipment panels throughout the ship.[1][2]

An early representation of the Illuminati's watchful eye.

The following video is an example of HAL's abilities.

(YouTube link)

What seems stranger than fiction, researchers at IBM have been developing a cognitive computing project called SyNAPSE, another name for Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics. By reproducing the structure and architecture of the brain, the SyNAPSE project models computing system emulates the brain's computing efficiency, size and power usage without being programmed.[3]

SyNAPSE, in the background, is a backronym.

IBM is combining principles from nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing as part of a multi-year cognitive computing initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded approximately US$21 million in new funding for phase 2 of the SyNAPSE project. For this project, a world-class team has been assembled, consisting of IBM researchers and collaborators from Columbia University, Cornell University, University of California, Merced; and University of Wisconsin-Madison.[3]

 The triquetra, which is common in most pagan religions, 
including Wicca, and Satanism. It symbolizes the unholy Luciferian trinity.

Without letting onto what the purpose of this technology will be used for, its creator will explain how it works.

(YouTube link)

Analysts warn that the creation of a greater-than-human super-intelligence through technological means could have consequences that cannot be predicted or understood.[4] It is important to note that the SyNAPSE will become “aware” on or about  21 December 2012, which ironically coincides with the global awakening events that has been hyped up for this date. When we awaken on the 21st, the world could be taken over by computers, or will it?

A Closer Look
On the DARPA website, the usage of the SyNAPSE technology is briefly explained, in technical lingo. This phrase may narrow down what they plan to use it for.
"In support of these hardware developments, SyNAPSE seeks to develop increasingly capable architecture and design tools, very large-scale computer simulations of the neuromorphic electronic systems to inform the designers and validate hardware prior to fabrication, and virtual environments for training and testing simulated and hardware neuromorphic systems."
What is neuromorphic engineering? Wikipedia describes it as a "new interdisciplinary discipline that takes inspiration from biology, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering to design artificial neural systems, such as vision systems, head-eye systems, auditory processors, and autonomous robots, whose physical architecture and design principles are based on those of biological nervous systems."

Considering how far robotics has come over the past 20 years, it could possibly be a supercomputer brain for one of thier human-like robots, or an advancement in transhumansim. Sort of like the Bionic Man.

(YouTube link)

What ever it is, hopefully it doesn't turn into another computer gone awry.

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