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Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain

Big data analytics may both mimic the human brain and replace it, according to presentations at an IBM symposium here.
Veteran venture capitalist Vinod Khosla called for advances that reduce human error by putting more healthcare decisions into the hands of smart systems. Separately, cognitive computing researcher Jeff Hawkins showed advances in applying techniques used in the neocortex to sorting large datasets.
Today’s medicine relies on doctors’ expert opinions, which are often “based on a series of biases that are more often right than wrong,” said Khosla, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Sun Microsystems. “I suspect we will need humans out of the loop.”

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