Focus Feature

More computer/brain evolution

In a previous blog post I noted that one of the key components that separates our cognitive abilities from that of Artificial Intelligence is our ability to think and produce creatively It seems that line of seperation is blurring.


Check out this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind which demonstrates computers that generate excrement (perhaps the most rudimentary form of creative artistry? Ew.), to those that paint and write poetry. Have computers already "evolved" past the cognitive abilities of humans? Share your thoughts!


Are our brains still evolving?

The short answer?


Like any organ or tissues, our brains are subject to modification from environmental influences and selective forces. However, the evolution of our brains may not be headed in the direction you hope. 

For a more detailed explanation I'd turn to the How Stuff Works article linked here

"We might like to think that there's nothing but bigger and better things ahead of us, but British researchers have claimed that our brain is already operating at maximum capacity."

But the story doesn't quite end there. While roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University have concluded that "computers will surpass our processing abilities by 2030" this doesn't stop the human drive for cognitive improvement. At this stage in the very near future, we will be forced to make a heady choice:

Do we charge ahead and interface with computers in an attempt to control our own cognitive destinies? 


Do we accept our natural place in the technologically advanced world we have created? 

I'll leave you to think on that, but anticipate a follow up post next week with a potential third alternative...

Focus Feature: The future of our brains

Occasionally there is a topic that demands more than a single blog post to do it justice.  These topics earn the distinction of a week long "Focus Feature" dedication. This week's Focus Feature:

The Future of Our Brains

Are our brains still evolving? 

Can we/should we direct our own evolution? 

What separates us from Artificial Intelligence? 

And more...