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Science  01 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6268, pp. 32-33
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6499

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  • A super intelligent neural network - Monkeys plus Machines greater than Man?RE:
    • Cedric Fan, Professor, MIT Information Quality Program- Data Quality & Info Security Lab, Nanjing Tech University

    The human computation is definitely useful and it can consequently raise an interesting question- Is monkeys plus machines greater than man?

    The structure of human computation can be treated as the Artificial Neural Network, where humans can be regarded as some special neurons with some particular functions. Similarly, other intelligent creatures, even lower animals, can also be added to the network system to get other particular functions. The network should be a living open system, which can grow up in a convergent way with more nodes being added. For this purpose, a suitable self-organization structure is needed to build the good ecosystem. Beside this, the performance of the system is also restricted by the communication speed of the network. Then, the system can grow up to a global super biomass with swarm intelligence just like “Zerg Swarm” in “Starcraft”. Thus a group of monkeys plus machines can excel a man, and therefore ethical standards should be considered from beginning to end, as Michelucci and Dickinson referred.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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