Searching Rat Brains for Clues on How to Make Smarter Machines

Larger data sets and faster computers have enabled a recent flurry of progress – and splurge of investment – in artificial intelligence. David Cox of Harvard thinks the next big jump will depend on understanding what happens inside the head of a rat when it plays video games. Cox leads a $28 million project called ARIADNE funded by U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence looking for clues in mammalian brains that could make software smarter. “This is a huge, a moonshot-like effort to go into the brain and see what clues and tricks are hiding there for us to find,” he said today at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech MIT 2016 conference. With a little bit of added noise (lower right), a computer can be fooled into thinking that…


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