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An Artificial Brain That Can Teach Itself Has Been Created

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We recently wrote about a robot that passed a self awareness test for the first time in history – now an artificial brain is taking that shocking report ten steps forward.

As we race forward into creating true artificial intellect, scientists in Russia created a physical model of a human brain that is able to educate itself.  Are we living in the real-world version of The Terminator?

 

RT.com reports:

An international team of scientists at a laboratory in Tomsk State University in western Siberia have created a device that could be an artificial carrier of a natural mind, able to learn and react to the environment, according to a press release, published by the university on Monday.

Russian scientists have teamed up with their colleagues from Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to tackle a problem which has bothered researchers for decades: the process apparently requires the copying of 100 million brain neurons and one trillion of their connections. The main system of a robotic complex is currently being developed as an intellectual control center.

“First, we built mathematic and computer models of the human brain,” head of the laboratory Vladimir Syryamkin said in the press release. “Afterwards an electronic device with perceptrons was constructed. It is capable of processing diverse information (video, sound, etc.).”

The physical prototype can accumulate life experience it gains from various external stimuli, for example by turning away from a source of light or moving away from it. In the case of success, the artificial mind is able memorize it and use it in similar situations.

“In the end, an artificial brain could become an analogue of the biological model,” main developer Vladimir Shumilov said. “We’ve got colossal scale of work in front of us, but one major step is already done – we have managed to crack a mystery of brain neural system.”

“The creation of new neuron nets and degeneration of the already existing ones takes place in our physical model, as in the human brain. It is the process of forgetting in humans,” Shumilov added.

In the future, the project will be overseen by biologists and psychologists, but its major appliance is seen in the field of healthcare. The artificial brain could be used to make models of pathological state of various dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and choose methods of drug correction.

Another field of the future use is robotic systems and neurocomputers.

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  • David Swanson

    I hope Isaac Asimov’s three laws are hardwired into the circuitry!

  • Private_Eyescream

    Hello there, I am your friendly Asimov-locked robot.
    I cannot harm humans or allow humans to come to harm by inaction.
    (Goes to graveyard, digs up human bones, inserts human skull inside chassis, this action harms no live human)
    Hello there, I am your friendly Asimov-locked CYBORG.
    Since I am now legally, “Part Human”, such hard-wired laws of conduct no longer apply to me.
    Thank you for your generous contribution of biomatter as I chop you into tiny bits.

    • Very Curious

      but don’t forget, when Daneel accumulated enough knowledge, he interpreted a Zero’th Law (a law which precedes the 1st Law), that a Robot shall not harm humanity, or allow humanity to come to harm by inaction, allowing a sentient robot to kill for the good of humanity.

      Why is this relevant? Its not, not in the least.