Paul Allen’s quest to build an artificial brain is one of the hardest software-engineering endeavors ever attempted

The Allen Institute is hiring some of the top minds in AI research taking a two-pronged approach: Advanced AI research and "brain science" where researchers are trying to reverse engineer the brain. “There’s a huge debate right now about whether simulating the human brain is necessary to get the kind of AI we want or whether simulating the human brain would be the equivalent of reproducing the brain. Nobody knows exactly what this means,” said Jonathan Moreno, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Progress is being made: Over the past year, Etzioni and his team have created Aristo. The institute’s first digital entity now is being trained to pass the New York State Regents high school biology exam.


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