As we approach the conceptualized singularity, optimists are salivating at the sheer possibilities of A.I. having the capacity to solve quandaries that we humans seem unable to get around, solving quandaries in the blink of an eye that would otherwise take us generations.
The amygdala’s output goes directly to the brainstem circuits that make rats freeze. Now that the rat has learned to dread the sound, what happens? You play the sound. It triggers a cascade of activity through the sound route in the brain until it arrives at the amygdala. Here, it now strongly, fiercely activates the attentive neuron. The brainstem gets this signal, which looks just like the pain signal, and makes the rat freeze.