Scientists Create Artificial Brain Connection That Mimics Human Brain

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Scientists at publicly-funded universities are racing to create human-like artificial intelligence that will displace the humans who funded them in the first place. Ethical and moral debate is entirely missing in this field.  TN Editor

The idea of a robot that can learn and function on its own, without the need for any human help, might sound like the plot to the latest science fiction blockbuster.

But scientists have got one step closer to making this a reality with the creation of the first artificial brain connection that can learn autonomously.

The groundbreaking study represents a big step toward intelligent machines that learn without the need for human input.

A team of international researchers, led by scientists at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Paris, created the artificial connection (synapse).

The synapse changes its composition based on which ‘brain signals’ are fired.

When under heavy use, it adapted to drop its electrical resistance and make the signal pathway quicker and more efficient.

This, the researchers said, could one day build artificial intelligence that learns like the human brain.

Importantly, the scientists were able to ‘model’ the learning device, meaning they can predict how it reacts to signals.

This is something that has never been achieved in previous machine learning studies.

The brain’s learning process is linked to our synapses, which serve as connections between neurons.

‘In the brain, learning is achieved through the ability of synapses to reconfigure the strength by which they connect neurons,’ the researchers wrote in their paper.

‘Information flows from neuron to neuron through synapses of variable connection strength. The overall distribution of the synaptic strengths provides the neural network with memory.’

Researchers took inspiration from this natural mechanism to design their artificial synapse, called a memristor.

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Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.. and playing God with our future was not in your job description.