Insights: Computer understanding of human behavior

For computers, beating the world's best chess player is much easier than knowing when to smile. Although we take such subtleties for granted, we know immediately when someone gets it wrong. Such errors affect our perceptions of "intelligence" -- and will, I think, be a fundamental issue in determining whether we see computer-modeled brains as conscious or human-like.



Insights: Supercomputing and Quantum computing

I got the idea from "Almost a Brain" after learning that the world's top supercomputers are nearing the level of raw power in our brains — about a billion billion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) operations per second (an "exaflop"). I've since come to recognize that there's a lot more to brain modeling than power, but supercomputing still has a special place in my heart.


Why "killer robots" don't worry me

And why they won't be featured in "Almost a Brain"


Last Friday I announced my upcoming documentary about computers that model the human brain, "Almost a Brain". And I've started talking about it to everyone I can. I practice my pitch on them while watching their faces for signs of interest, skepticism, and outrage. This is market research; it'll affect what the documentary covers, and how.