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Submission + - AI Could Get Smarter by Copying the Neural Structure of a Rat Brain (

the_newsbeagle writes: Many of today's fanciest AI systems are some type of artificial neural network, but they bear only the roughest resemblance to a biological brain's real networks of neurons. That could change thanks to a $100M program from IARPA.

The intelligence agency is funding neuroscience teams to map 1 cubic millimeter of rodent brain, looking at activity in the visual cortex while the rodent is engaged in a complex visual recognition task. By discovering how the neural circuits in that brain cube get activated to process information, IARPA hopes to find inspiration for better artificial neural networks. And an AI that performs better on visual recognition tasks could certainly be useful to intelligence agencies.

Comment Re:People have to learn how to think critically (Score 1) 444

P.T. Barnum's maxim exists because people do not think critically. Never have, never will. A person may think critically. But people do not. And that is where the danger to society lies.

A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. -- Agent K; Men in Black

Comment Your Math Makes No Sense (Score 1) 167

Each month (30 days) has 43200 minutes (30 * 24 * 60), and each song is about 4 minutes long, give or take. I could only listen to about 10,000 songs if that's all I did 24/7. But, you know, I sleep, I talk to people, I read, I work. So my music listening accounts for a much smaller part of my day. Maybe 4 hours worth (but in reality, much less because I tend to spend more time listening to podcasts). So I listen to 10-15 songs a day. I'm not a teenager, but even a teenager has to turn the music off at school.

So, yeah, math...

Comment Re:old school (Score 2) 615

To be fair, no properly designed modem will respond to AT commands send via the phone side of the modem. This would only happen when there was an actual IRC server behind a modem (which would receive and then re-transmit the sequence). More often than not, we'd use this to try to trick some newbie into sending this sequence themselves.

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