computers are the future

United States
November 6, 2008 8:03pm CST
I recently was told by one of my teachers that scientists made an experiment where they hooked up a computer with real brain cells. He explained that the brain cells actually started using the computer. At first i thought it was all fake but then I he started getting into more detail. How should i react to this? Will computers start having human characteristics someday? Its a real puzzle.
4 responses
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I don't know how realistic it is to assume, but if you have seen the movie iRobot starring Will Smith... i don't think that some of their technology might be a reality SOME. In regards to the experiment, Will Smith's character was partially rebuilt after some accident where he had a lung i believe it was that was a robotic sort of deal... so it is a good and bad thing... Good.. perhaps donor lists will become less of a strain on families waiting on an organ for their loved one. Bad... well they'd have to test it on a person and usually any problems with any advanced technology won't show up within a year or two sometimes longer as demand increases... so yes it is a real puzzle.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
I read the article about the mouse brain cells in a dish aligned themselves to connections to some sort of computer controller. I do not have the details but is was certainly and interesting experiment. I some science fiction in the future stories people are able to plug their brains into a computer and instantly learn something. Sure would save a lot of time and money, not having to go to school for years to learn things.
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Wow. You can't really deny the power of computers these days, especially with all the effect they have on the world's population. Almost everyone in urban areas are jacked in to the Internet every day. So many people depend on them these days, so that's probably why that experiment ended in that result. There's no real way to react to this, except to embrace it. You can't erase it; computers are too tied into society. You aren't going to get rid of them, so might as well just live with them. And the notion that computers will have human characteristics in the future is not as far fetched as you might think. Look at all the robots we've made that are designed to operate independently. Perhaps the next step we'll take would be to implant codes of some sort to regulate emotion. Whatever will happen, it's definitely going to get much more complicated.
@Lizen1st (19)
• United States
7 Nov 08
The human mind is infinitely complex. There are so many levels of being aware on the human brain that I think a computer will never be able to match up to. I am a fan of technology but I hope that there is no chance that computers will be able to take the place of a human brain.