Researchers get million to create software that can learn like the brain

Neuroscientists from Harvard are teaming up with coders who make computers smarter on a massive project to understand and mimic how the mammalian brain learns. The five-year effort kicked off this week with $28 million from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, a government organization that makes big bets on artificial intelligence research. Researchers behind the project come from 13 different labs affiliated with Harvard, MIT, New York University, Rockefeller University, Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. Eventually, they hope to create software that could be used in any application that demands spotting patterns from large amounts of data, ranging from self-driving cars to medical diagnostics. “The goal is to move the needle on machine intelligence,” said David Cox, a researcher at Harvard who will lead the project. “We really want some paradigm shift — something that’s much closer…


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