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A.I. RETHINK? Russian Scientists Create Self-Learning, Artificial Brain

21st Century Wire says…

A Russian university has made a giant advance in the the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Back in May, 21WIRE reported on a stunning breakthrough by the University of Melbourne where Australian scientists managed to successfully configure an analogue solution to building an AI brain – one which outperforms its digital counterpart on multiple levels.

Now the Russian-led international team at Tomsk University appear to have discovered an analogue compliment to the recent Australian breakthrough – a device which could potentially function as an ‘artificial carrier’ of a self-learning, natural mind.

This latest advance brings AI even closer than before to a real transhumanist application.

The potential for a working prototype could be a little as 10 years away – so science fiction won’t be fiction for long…


In a step closer to developing artificial intellect, Russian scientists have created a physical model of a brain that is able to educate itself.

An international team of scientists at a laboratory in Tomsk State University in western Siberia have created a device that could be an artificial carrier of a natural mind, able to learn and react to the environment, according to a press release, published by the university on Monday.


Russian scientists have teamed up with their colleagues from Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to tackle a problem which has bothered researchers for decades: the process apparently requires the copying of 100 million brain neurons and one trillion of their connections. The main system of a robotic complex is currently being developed as an intellectual control center.

“First, we built mathematic and computer models of the human brain,” head of the laboratory Vladimir Syryamkin said in the press release. “Afterwards an electronic device with perceptrons was constructed. It is capable of processing diverse information (video, sound, etc.).”

The physical prototype can accumulate life experience it gains from various external stimuli, for example by turning away from a source of light or moving away from it. In the case of success, the artificial mind is able memorize it and use it in similar situations.

“In the end, an artificial brain could become an analogue of the biological model,” main developer Vladimir Shumilov said. “We’ve got colossal scale of work in front of us, but one major step is already done – we have managed to crack a mystery of brain neural system.”

“The creation of new neuron nets and degeneration of the already existing ones takes place in our physical model, as in the human brain. It is the process of forgetting in humans,”
Shumilov added.

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