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Today's Big Idea: The Complexity Break

The Big Idea for Sunday, November 18, 2012

As we go deeper and deeper in our understanding of natural systems, we typically find that we require more and more specialized knowledge to characterize them, and we are forced to continuously expand our scientific theories in more and more complex ways….Without having a scientifically deep understanding of cognition, we can’t create the software that could spark the singularity.”

So if you want to peel away an onion, piece by piece, you will discover that your rate of discovery will decline. This is the same growth rate decline that experts like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says will slow down our ability to solve one of humanities' grand challenges: reverse-engineering the human brain. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-Engineering the Brain
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Reverse-Engineering the Brain
    Dr. Joy Hirsch
  3. 3 The Ghost in the Machine: Unraveling the Mystery of Consciousness
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  4. 4 Brain Reading: Scientists Hope to Build a Simulated Brain in 12 Years
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
 

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