DeepMind’s AI taught itself to navigate like a mammal

May 14, 2018 Tristan Greene


DeepMind created an AI which spontaneously developed the machine learning equivalent of gut-based navigation. The UK-based Google sister-company seems to specialize in creating machine learning experiments designed to determine if AI can inform the field of neurology, and vice versa. DeepMind recently published a paper demonstrating a neural network that, upon trying to solve a navigational problem, developed a method of spatial awareness that imitates the creation of “Grid Cells” in mammals. Grid Cells, which were discovered in 2005, are a little-understood phenomena that occur within mammal brains to aid with navigation. Basically, our ability to generally understand where we…

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