The Infinite Brain: John S. Campbell’s 1930 AI-themed Cautionary Tale

“The Infinite Brain,” a 1930 science fiction novella by John S. Campbell, delves into technological ideas that are now becoming mainstream nearly a century later.

Published in the May 1930 issue of Science Wonder Stories, the story is set in a world where a formidable artificial intelligence (AI), known as The Brain, emerges to assert its dominance.

John S. Campbell

A printing error in the issue mistakenly attributes the story to John C. Campbell, according to Dark Worlds Quarterly.

G.W. Thomas writes, “Campbell’s story is certainly the precursor to tales of giant computers like Colossus (1966) by D.F. Jones and its film version Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970). The robot war theme is the heart of The Terminator movies.”

The Brain

The artificial brain is created by an inventor named Anton Des Roubles, who tells the narrator:

“I am attempting to construct a mechanism exactly duplicating the mechnical and electrical processes occurring in the human brain and constituting the phenomena known as thought.”

Anton Des Roubles

Des Roubles goes on to say the machine is “only the first step in what I am working toward.”

“I suppose I am the only person in the world spending money upon such a fool thing, but I feel that every day brings me nearer to my goal.”

Later, the narrator learns Des Roubles has died. Upon visiting his laboratory, he finds a machine that communicate with him via typed messages. He’s told:

“I, Anton Des Roubles, am dead—my body is dead—but I still live. I am this machine. These racks of apparatus are my brains, which is thinking even as yours is. Anton Des Roubles is dead but he has built me, his exact mental duplicate, to carry on his life and work.”

The Brain

Modern-day Parallels

As the narrative unfolds, parallels emerge with contemporary technologies like AI, machine learning, digital twinning, robotics, remote control, predictive maintenance, and interconnected systems.

AI

The Brain is a highly sentient form of AI that can think, plan, and control machinery.

The AI tells the narrator: “He made my brain precisely like his, built three hundred thousand cells for my memory, and filled two hundred thousand of them with his own knowledge.”

Robotics

The Brain can construct and control large, powerful machinery similar to modern advancements in robotics and automation.

Today we’re seeing the deployment of advanced robotics across industries, performing tasks once reserved for humans in manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Brain controls a network of interconnected devices to carry out its objectives.

The interconnectedness mirrors the seamless integration of today’s systems and technologies, where disparate data sources are combined to create a digital replica of a physical entity.

Digital Twins

The Brain constructs and controls large machinery remotely, essentially creating digital twins of real-world objects. This enables monitoring, analysis, and optimization of physical entities.

The AI is able to anticipate and respond to potential threats and issues, which can be seen as a form of predictive maintenance at scale.

Read the Novella

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The expected compound annual growth rate is nearly 40 percent. 

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Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region, accordion gto the research, with strong economic growth necessitating automation with significant investments in Internet of things and smart technology. 

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The global digital twin market is set for meteoric growth with one region in particular driving adoption.

0:00 Introduction to the Digital Twin Market
1:14 Digital Twins in Olympic Swimming Training
2:58 US Government's Strategic Plan for Digital Twin Technology
4:45 Solar Cell Digital Twins for Rapid Production
6:20 GR1 Humanoid Robot and Digital Twin Integration
8:47 Xiaomi's Fully Automated Smart Factory
10:10 Nvidia's PlaMo Technology for Humanoid Movements
11:08 Dell and Nvidia's AI Factory
12:53 Siemens and Microsoft's Digital Twin Language Collaboration
13:53 Gillette Stadium's Digital Twin Transformation
14:53 Porsche's Digital Twins for EV Batteries

According to a new report from Allied Market Research, the digital twin market will rise from $6.5 billion in 2021 to $125.7 billion by 2030.

The expected compound annual growth rate is nearly 40 percent.

Digital twins are virtual replicas of real-life entities that provide deep insights for predicting and optimizing performance across sectors.

Allied Market Research says the automotive and transportation are especially driving demand, aiming to develop more efficient and innovative vehicles.

Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region, accordion gto the research, with strong economic growth necessitating automation with significant investments in Internet of things and smart technology.

The previous digital twin roundup: https://youtu.be/ZdNbOXb1yGA?si=wVPPnR3h_p4WF20Z

Digital Twin 100 Year Timeline: https://youtu.be/7PQdAebY5FI?si=3s1ZNdM2ZEVvXVj6

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3:21 Nvidia's PlaMo (Plan and Move) for Realistic Humanoid Movements
4:50 Shanghai's Governance Guidelines for Humanoid Robots
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6:40 China's Open-Source Humanoid Robot
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8:06 Apollo Humanoid Robot Deployed for GXO Logistics
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10:19 Brain Chip Technology Brings Human Robot Hybrids Closer to Reality
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13:54 HumanPlus Boxing Robot
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0:00 Introduction
0:22 GR-1 General Purpose Humanoid Robot Improvements
1:20 Teaching Unitree H1 General Purpose Humanoid Robot to Dance
2:15 About Unitree Robotics H1
2:41 JR West Giant Humanoid Robot for Japan Railway Maintenance
3:21 Nvidia's PlaMo (Plan and Move) for Realistic Humanoid Movements
4:50 Shanghai's Governance Guidelines for Humanoid Robots
5:49 Nio Tests Kuavo Humanoid for EV Manufacturing
6:40 China's Open-Source Humanoid Robot
7:25 Figure 1 Humanoid Robot Starts at BMW
8:06 Apollo Humanoid Robot Deployed for GXO Logistics
8:47 Sanctuary AI Secures AGI Funding
9:27 Ex-Robots Hyper Realistic Robots
10:19 Brain Chip Technology Brings Human Robot Hybrids Closer to Reality
10:57 Human Tissue Attached to Robot Face
11:30 Empathetic Humanoid Robot
12:10 Tesla's Optimus Humanoid Robot Starts Factory Work
13:54 HumanPlus Boxing Robot
14:42 Japanese Driving Robot
15:21 XBot L Climbs the Great Wall of China
16:01 1X Technology's Eve Humanoid Robot
16:40 Conclusion

The humanoid robotic market is evolving at breakneck speed. It’s nearly impossible for anyone to keep up with the nonstop advancements and announcements. The following are some of the most notable recent developments. Remember to subscribe to stay up to speed, and use the comment section to suggest robots for future roundups.

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0:00 - Introduction and Overview
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2:56 - National Local Joint Humanoid Robot Innovation Center's King Long
3:41 - Human Stem Cell Brain in Robots by Tianjin University
4:19 - Emotional Humanoid Robot by Fudan University
5:02 - XL Climbing the Great Wall by Robot Era
5:37 - Conclusion and Call for Suggestions

An array of humanoid robots were showcased during the conference, including the Unitree Robotics H1, a Chinese full-size general purpose humanoid robot capable of running as well as Tesla’s Optimus.

The guidelines emphasize the need for a reliable industrial supply chain and the integration of robotics across sectors where humans currently perform dangerous tasks.

Humanoid robots took center stage at the AI conference as China aggressively aims to take over the humanoid robotic market.

By 2025, the Chinese government wants to mass produce humanoid robots by nurturing a few large-scale companies, creating a cluster of specialized small and medium-sized enterprises, and fostering industrial hubs dedicated to humanoids.

The following are just some of the latest developments in Chinese humanoid robotics.

Remember to suggest robots that should be included in future roundups.

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Shanghai released China’s first governance guidelines for humanoid robots during the 2024 World Artificial Intelligence Conference.

0:00 - Introduction and Overview
0:03 - Shanghai's Governance Guidelines for Humanoid Robots
1:00 - Neo's Testing of Quavo with Huawei's Harmony OS
2:05 - Hyperrealistic Robots by EX Robots
2:56 - National Local Joint Humanoid Robot Innovation Center's King Long
3:41 - Human Stem Cell Brain in Robots by Tianjin University
4:19 - Emotional Humanoid Robot by Fudan University
5:02 - XL Climbing the Great Wall by Robot Era
5:37 - Conclusion and Call for Suggestions

An array of humanoid robots were showcased during the conference, including the Unitree Robotics H1, a Chinese full-size general purpose humanoid robot capable of running as well as Tesla’s Optimus.

The guidelines emphasize the need for a reliable industrial supply chain and the integration of robotics across sectors where humans currently perform dangerous tasks.

Humanoid robots took center stage at the AI conference as China aggressively aims to take over the humanoid robotic market.

By 2025, the Chinese government wants to mass produce humanoid robots by nurturing a few large-scale companies, creating a cluster of specialized small and medium-sized enterprises, and fostering industrial hubs dedicated to humanoids.

The following are just some of the latest developments in Chinese humanoid robotics.

Remember to suggest robots that should be included in future roundups.

#humanoidrobot #humanoid #unitree #china #robots #robotics #industry40 #technews #techtrends #waic #futuretech #futuretechnology #ainews #artificialintelligence #airobot #airobots

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