Maybe If I Purr They’ll Pet My Hard Drive

Scientists working on the Pentagon-sponsored SyNAPSE project for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) know that creating a computer with human intelligence is way off, if ever possible, so they’re aiming lower. They’re working on creating artificial intelligence on the level of a cat’s brain. They figure it will be much easier to program a computer to want to chase anything that moves—no matter how small, to decide that 2:00 am is a great time to sit on someone’s nose, and how to be your best friend one second and pretend you don’t exist the next.

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