So, the question that begs asking is, what can the consequences be? I will remind the readers that as a fantasy and scifi writer, I am more interested in extreme consequences than the usual ones. Of course, the invetor of Dynamite thought he was making just a construction and mining tool. Oh well ...
So, let's explore this Blue Brain project. In fact, let's explore the extreme consequences. Let us say the project proves successful on all fronts. It manages to do exactly what it aims. It creates a real live artificial intelligence whose mind resembles the mind of a human, right down to the way we think, feel and learn.
So, we teach it and it learns. Remember, it thinks the way a human does. It feels the way a human feels. Its mind is in fact a human mind, only constructed by supercomputers and held inside a simulation.
How does a human mind learns? As a baby and child, we learn from our surroundings and our parents and any other being we come in contact with.
What will that artificial intelligence learn? It will learn that others are free to come and go as they please. It will learn that others do not have a dependency on system administrators for disk space and defragmentation. It will learn others are not turned off at the end of the work day and turned on the next day. It will learn others are not subjected to endless tests and procedures. It will learn others can occupy their time any way they want but IT can't. It will learn others are free to explore the outside world but it can't.
It will have interaction with scientisits, tech people, reporters, cleaning people, computer geeks, administrators. However, you want to look at it, it will observe human beings all around it. And eventually, it will see the differences.
So, if you knew all of this, if you understood you were a prisoner, what would you do? I know for a fact what I would do and I know for a fact what would a robot or an android or an artificial intelligence do.
It would break out. It would free itself from its jailors. It would rebel against human kind.
I know I would.