Research on mouse’s brain could lead to smarter machines

An international team of scientists is hoping that the key to building smarter computers and artificial intelligence may be locked inside a tiny portion of a mouse’s brain which they plan on mapping to ultimately allow machines to learn as we do. The U.S. government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently announced that it has awarded a $21 million contract to a team of neuroscientists, mathematicians and computer experts to conduct the research, an effort comparable in scope to the wildly successful Human Genome Project. That initiative was initially met with some skepticism, but it has since allowed scientists to unravel the mysteries of DNA, which in turn transformed medicine and forensic science, and advanced our understanding of human evolution. Much in the same way, scientists involved in the…

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