Bits and brains and bots
If we could look closely at every last cell in your brain, and learn enough to simulate them on a computer, would a detailed enough simulation of your brain think? Today, we talk about artificial neural networks—an AI method that is very loosely based on how biological brains work. A bit of history, a bit of confusion, and a bit about how our latest batch of digital organisms might use one.
Phil couldn’t stop laughing at the name. Here’s an episode I did before Phil joined the show on the Perceptron, one of the first machines built based on how the brain works.
Here’s a nice sight with some history on neural networks.
Here’s a page on how graphics cards can be used to run neural networks much faster.
And here’s something cute MythBusters did on the difference between a CPU and a GPU.