Every once in a while, there's news which reminds us that we're living in the age of accelerating change and an upcoming singularity. This is one of those times: A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation of a honey bee brain — and then upload it into an autonomous flying robot. Now, while this might sound like some kind of outlandish futurist joke, there are some serious players — and money — involved. Called the "Green Brain Project," it was recently given £1 million (USD $1,614,700) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as well as hardware donations from the NVIDIA corporation. And indeed, the researchers are going to need all the computational power they can get; it may appear that insects have simple minds — but their brains can be extremely complex.
Should this project be successful, it would mark an important moment in technological history: The first robot brain ever that can perform complex tasks as proficiently as the animal its trying to emulate.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald