"It's very hard to fix a vacuum cleaner if you don't understand its method of operation," says Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil, of course, is not a vacuum repair man but a futurist visionary who is leading efforts to understand the complex nature of the human neocortex so that we might be able to reverse-engineer the brain.
This is no small task, as Kurzweil points out, but it may be accomplished through redundancy. Kurzweil says in the video below: "How does 25 million bytes of design information create this entity with hundreds of trillions of connections? Through redundancy. There's a great deal of repetition."
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