Harvard will take a close look at the brain to build better AIs

There’s no AI that can learn as fast as the human brain — at least not yet — but Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) wants to change that. The government organization has granted three departments within Harvard University a total of $28 million dollars to find out why our brains are so darn good at learning things compared to artificial systems. For instance, we only have to see a car once or a few times to recognize one, but even the most advanced AI has to look at thousands of samples before it can say what it’s seeing is a car. The researchers from Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Center for Brain Science (CBS) and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology have…


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