By: Mauricio Lima
 
A little-known US intelligence research agency hopes to revolutionize the machine mind by finding firms capable of writing computer algorithms nearly identical to those implemented by the human brain.
 
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which operates under the Director of National Intelligence, will host a Proposers' Day conference for the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program on July 17, the agency said in a press release.
 
“The overall and specific goal of the MICrONS program is to create a new generation of machine learning algorithms derived from high-fidelity representations of cortical microcircuits to achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks,” IARPA says.
 
In layman’s terms, that means getting computers to operate and process information much like the human brain. 
For many information processing tasks, the brain employs algorithms – a step-by-step procedure for making calculations.
 
The human brain uses a combination of algorithm "primitives", where neurons – electrically excitable cells that process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals – communicate in a localized, three-dimensional pattern.
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