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New innovative Artificial Intelligence software is rapidly emerging from Germany, where virtual and robotic versions of the human brain are moving away from traditional algorithms with deterministic pathways, towards a realm of emotional, less predictable behaviors. Thanks to funding from prominent science investor, Jeffrey Epstein, the MicroPsi2 Project is closer then ever to mirroring the human mind.
The engineer behind these advances is Joscha Bach, a cognitive scientist specializing in AI. Bach's impressive resume includes author of Principles of Synthetic Intelligence (Oxford University Press), professor and researcher of cognitive science at Humboldt University in Berlin, and software entrepreneur. The goal of Bach's latest humanoid venture, MicroPsi 2, is to identify what Artificial Intelligence can reveal about human cognition, not duplicate the human brain. The MicroPsi 2 Program is a software program that creates goal and sensory driven agents in a virtual computer platform. Specifically, three characters roam around a tropical island; each character has a series of 'node nets' where information is received and processed. As they drift through their landscape, information collected influences the character's behavior.
"The use of a virtual platform to explore the workings of the human brain provides optimal flexibility,” remarked Jeffrey Epstein, a supporter of many prominent scientists including Stephen Hawkings and Nobel Laureate Physicists Gerard't Hooft, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek. The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has become one of the largest funders of independent scientists. According to New York Magazine, Epstein has donated up to $200 million a year to scientists worldwide. A former board member of Rockefeller University and the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Committee at Harvard University, Epstein plays an active role in modern brain institutes.
Bach does not see the MicroPsi 2 Project as a valid cognitive model but rather an evolving platform to provide a unified theory of cognition. "Scientists need to focus on the concepts and not get bogged down with the mechanics of a robot" is the belief of Jeffrey Epstein. As more variables are integrated MicroPsi will definitely reveal new findings into the expansiveness and limitless nature of the human brain.
Science Financier, Jeffrey Epstein Advances Evolution at Harvard
Wall Street Journal
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics was founded at Harvard with a $35 million dollar gift from a financier called Jeffrey Epstein. Since then, the Program, under the direction of Martin Nowak, a professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard, has changed the way in which evolution is studied and utilized.
The Program is the first to study the evolution of micro biology with the use of mathematics. It is also the first to develop mathematical models of how cancer cells evolve as well as various bacteria and viruses such as HIV. The creation of such models has led to key discoveries in combatting diseases of all kinds.
In 2012 for example, the Program developed the first mathematical model of how colon cancer cells become immune to inhibitor therapy. The research showed how the KRAS gene is not activated from inhibitor drugs, making cells resistant, but rather a small percentage of cancer cells with an inherently activated KRAS gene are immune from the start and evolve to predominance as other cancer cells are destroyed by the inhibitor drug. The discovery was critical because instead of applying drugs in sequence to fight resistance, using a cocktail of inhibitor drugs to capture both activated KRAS gene cells and those without, came into focus.
In 2010, the Program published a study showing that most solid tumors contain 40 to 100 genetic mutations, but on average only 5 to 15 actually drive tumor growth. The findings highlighted the importance of targeting only a minority of tumor cells for effective inhibitor treatment.
“Mathematics in evolutionary biology is an exciting new field,” Jeffrey Epstein remarked, whose foundation supports cutting edge science across the United States. “It reveals patterns that are otherwise hard to detect.”
In addition to disease analysis, the Program has advanced critical evolutionary concepts, including “natural cooperation”, quantitative analysis for the evolution of language, game theory, pre-life theory and spatial selection.
Jeffrey Epstein is the founder of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation. He sits on the board for the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.
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