Quite a few of you sent me this one, and I think it's definitely worth posting, especially in the context of yesterday's blog about NASA's plan to drag asteroids to the Moon and mine them. There is a new architecture coming out for the enhancement of robotic performance, an architecture that will allow robots to be "independent," i.e., to learn in a fashion, and to perform tasks, in an almost human fashion:

DARPA Building Robots With ‘Real’ Brains

Take note of a couple of paragraphs here:

"What sets this new device apart from any others is that it has nano-scale interconnected wires that perform billions of connections like a human brain, and is capable of remembering information, Gimzewski said. Each connection is a synthetic synapse. A synapse is what allows a neuron to pass an electric or chemical signal to another cell. Because its structure is so complex, most artificial intelligence projects so far have been unable to replicate it.

"A 'physical intelligence' device would not require a human controller the way a robot does, said Gimzewski. The applications of this technology for the military would be far reaching, he said. An aircraft, for example, would be able to learn and explore the terrain and work its way through the environment without human intervention, he said. These machines would be able to process information in ways that would be unimaginable with current computers.

"Artificial intelligence research over the past five decades has not been able to generate human-like reasoning or cognitive functions, said Gimzewski. DARPA’s program is the most ambitious he has seen to date. 'It’s an off-the-wall approach,' he added."

Off the wall thinking indeed. Reading between the lines a bit, it is suggested that there are two significant changes in this new type of "computer": (1) nanowires enabling multiple connections at each node, and (2) a hard physical architecture imitating or mimicking the architecture of the brain. Reading into the first point a little further, perhaps this team has learned how to construct "gates" that are more than the binary "and/or' gates, with only two options, to choose from. Such an architecture would indeed constitute a breakthrough, one normally attributed to the types of gates and processing only associated with quantum computing.

But all speculation aside, it is the second paragraph cited above that interests me, especially in the wake of yesterday's blog about NASA intending to mine asteroids. Such an architecture would greatly expand the capability of robotic space probes, and additionally, one can easily imagine that it would allow less space on probes to be taken up with computers, and more for equipment and a vast expansion of probe functionality.

So, rest assured, if the boys at DARPA can think of it, NASA already has too (that is, Dumb Ass idiots Role-Playing the Apocalypse -thanks again to Mr. J.B. for that wonderful acrostic). This would enable an entirely new generation of space probes.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. duncan mckean on April 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Elephant in the room? syntax ? semantics? subject? object? brain? ask a shaman what he thinks about the brain or perception…looooong way to go..unless everything esoteric is an illusion??carriage before the horse.a little to simpleton again?

  2. LSM on April 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “the enhancement of robotic performance, an architecture that will allow robots to be “independent,” i.e., to learn in a fashion, and to perform tasks, in an almost human fashion”- in other words robots/computers will (may already have) become aware of themselves-

    I know that sounds much too frightening for most to want to accept but I think Arthur C. Clark/Stanley Kuberik were predicting the future- remember the computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odysee?- I think we’re most probably already there (probably already before Clark/Kuberik came on the scene- they were just relating/labeling what has been there for a long time) except most don’t want to believe it because it’s just too chilling-


  3. DownunderET on April 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Has the world gone totally nuts, or is it just the folks in the US military , stranger than fiction I tell ya.

    Once they start playing around with human brain, they are going to a place that’s very dangerous, and if they are intent on making a Frankenstein who fights wars instead of serving cocktails, then we are in deep doo doo.

    All be it an article in the media, there’s still the idea of what they are telling us is, to coin a phrase, “fringe”.

    May the “Creator of the Universe” return and get us out of the mess that these mad scientists have gotten us into.

  4. Robert Barricklow on April 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Reminds one of the subconscious – brain processing that occurs without conscious awarness.
    Alot of that, going around the globe.

  5. electrodirector on April 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The greedy clowns inventing articles like this do not define certain key elements:” …looks and thinks like the human brain…” after all the shenanigans we’ve been exposed to worldwide, let’s just for a moment pretend we do not know what they mean. In their imagination, the ”human brain” most likely belongs to one of their own. With one of these, landing on the moon would be even more challenging than with the Hollywood props shown in various museums. Artificial intelligence should not be confused with utter careless stupidity. We know this, but they obviously don’t need to care.

    The main giveaway that this article is pure PR blended with wishful thinking of the most obvious kind, is the astonishing fact that the discussion centers around mainstream ”knowledge” about the brain. But ignoring Harold Hillman does not make him disappear.


    Perhaps Harold Hillman is not talking loud enough for some, but his research results are drastically different from what the chosen ones preach. To pattern a brain after EEG measurements is alike to pretending, for the unwashed masses sake, that the flawed thought models of Saint Albert and the math Miss Mileva Maric contributed to his plagiarized monster of a scam are a better picture of reality, than even reality itself.

    Naming parts of our genetic information ”junk DNA” is another dead giveaway. Ignoring something (like telepathy and the whole realm of so-called extra-sensory perception, and putting it in a coffin called ”junk DNA”) shows the usual MO. Perhaps these folks really don’t have room temperature. Time to roll out what’s left of Hawking and interpret his digestion noises, to give more credit to this latest milking scheme.

    As one comment in the NDIA article puts it, this might obviously be another scam to direct an endless flow of money to their mill. It’s about robbing the Unites States of Amnesia blind. Real space flight was officially put in the hands of special interest groups, who are NOT talking, by Oblabla himself, so there is no longer the possibility to steal billions by staging another Moon play.

    The ideas put forth in that article more or less describe ZOMBIES that ideally should perform better than the pathetic Bolshevik mass murdering hordes sent to Libya and Syria by people who prefer the safety of Haifa’s gay bars, as Gordon Duff puts it.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Appreciate the above link electrodirector.
      I was thinking about this last night, as i started reading some new science books checked out from the local library. I was reminded of my father who, on helping me with my algerbra, found his answer was wrong/according to the self-help algerbra book I’d just bought. He went immediately to the title page saying, “Who the hell published THIS!” His answer was right. The book was wrong.
      And your right electrodirector.
      Those science library books were skimmed and returned. Mickey Mouse in theme, science and copy-right. Most science today is copy/memorize,
      don’t even think that it’s copy-wrong.

  6. marcos toledo on April 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

    This all a plan to replace us untermenschen with mindless obedient slaves. We can see our Elites hatred for everyone including themselves and their insane wish to transcend life and death and in a world like that depicted in Invasion of the Body Snatchers the unchanging now. The so called scientist are always harping on how biological will be replace by the mechanical in the future as superior to the former thats how life hating they have become or are.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I’am constantly thinking of that version with Donald Sutherland, pointing-outward, near the end of the movie.
      It rang true then;
      and it even resonates more so today.

      • paul de gagne on April 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        Yes! I remember that! Remember the excellent ending of the ‘body snachers with David Sunderland in it! as you pointed out!” Classic!

        Don’t let Farrell fool you. The time isn’t yet! (buy, buy buy, buy farrell’s books!)

        Let out some gas I say— robert—

        and screw your supposedly foul language! ( not that your language is like what is spoken in some hot dog stand in some park — no that’s not what i cry about. Your language errupts from … farrell’s own corrupt origins)

        • Robert Barricklow on April 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

          Tou sa w we, sa pa sa.

  7. Frankie Calcutta on April 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    But what does this mean for us back on Earth? It means pleasure robots who will now be able to haggle with their customers and robot cops who will be unnoticeably different to the current human cops we have now. And what an easy selling point it will be for those cash strapped municipalities to convince their taxpayers that the one time cost of a robot cop is far more cost saving than a human cop with his annual salary, pension, medical, training, etc. That is until the incorrigibles decide it is fun to short circuit the robots or just blow their heads off when the robot cops are making traffic stops.

    off topic, but here is one for the “yahwehists gone wild” files:


    What if we can convince all yahwehists to follow this trend?

    • brian on April 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I think there is some misunderstanding regarding the passenger-in-a-bag thing. That is actually the new TSA procedure for those who opt out of the body scanners. Seems there was too much controversy over the aggressive, invasive “pat-downs” so the new, more public friendly, and time saving policy is called, “bag ‘em & board ‘em”.

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