Two articles worth reading side by side:

The man behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the new AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm. The idea arises from  experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain dedicated to processing sound from your ears could also handle sight for your eyes. This is possible only while your brain is in the earliest stages of development, but it implies that the brain is -- at its core -- a general-purpose machine that can be tuned to specific tasks.

Wired

 


Emerging consciousness glimpsed in babies

The human brain develops dramatically in a baby's first year, transforming the baby from being unaware to being fully engaged with its surroundings. To capture this change, Sid Kouider at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and colleagues used electroencephalography (EEG) to record electrical activity in the brains of 80 infants while they were briefly shown pictures of faces.

New Scientist