Use your brain - AI won't replace it any time soon

Nectome promises to preserve the brains of terminally ill people in order to turn them into computer simulations - at some point in the future when such a thing is possible. It's a startup that's easy to mock. Just beyond the mockery, however, lies an important reminder to remain sceptical of modern artificial intelligence technology.

The idea behind Nectome is known to mind-uploading enthusiasts (yes, there's an entire culture around the idea, with a number of wealthy foundations backing the research) as "destructive uploading": A brain must be killed to map it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'Use your brain - AI won't replace it any time soon'. Print Edition | Subscribe