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Walter Eric Johnson wej3715 at fox.tamu.edu
Thu Jul 23 01:42:06 EST 1998

jjj (jaceklk at hotmail.com) wrote:
: Hi all,
: I just read an article in Science magazine about that monkey having a scan
: of her brain with fNMR (dynamic, real time magnetic resonance) and I had
: that thought: I think that researchers struggle to create a human-like,
: artificial brain. They try to teach that brain on the input from environment
: only, but how about  if you can have a human fNMR scan with all different
: thoughts as an additional input. You can create easily a vast amount of data
: for a artificial neural net!
: Another words, you would input both visual/auditory input (same as that real
: brain receives) AND the blood flow in biological neural network (fNMR scan).
: Goal wold be to recreate a net which would behave the same way as the real
: brain.
: Advantage would be that you can easily test the new artificial brain if both
: the fNMR of real brain and the activity in artificial neural net are the
: same. Also, I'm not sure but I feel that additional,easily acquired info,
: would help in creating the net since it give more information about the
: hidden nodes/layers of the neural net.
: What do you think? Would that help a little in ultimate goal? :)
: (I realize that the real NN are very complex and that simulating that vast
: number of complex neurons is not possible today.)

The first thing you would need to do is to PROVE that the brain
works in the same manner as a neural net.  That should keep you
busy for a while.

Hint:  There's a lot of things going on in neurons that no neural
net that I know of can mimic.  This fall, I'm going to take a
rather intense course in neural networks, but without the delusion
that I'm studying the brain in the process.

Eric Johnson

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