For the first time, scientists have been able to develop artificial intelligence technology, which can find its way in a similar way to a mammal. The impressive research published in Nature shows that scientists can now understand more advanced computer programs, but also get an even better picture of our orientation.
“Moving between two points may seem like a simple daily routine, however strange if that sounds, we do not know exactly what process we are doing,” said DeepMind scientist Dharshan Kumaran. “This process that makes us orientate and” navigate “from a point is quite complicated,” he added.
The key throughout this process is the cellular grid.
When an animal first enters an unfamiliar room, there are specific nerve cells in the brain, which “fire” with a particular pattern. When these cells set in front of the machines, the brain creates a cell grid as a map, with which many scientists believe we can understand distances and take the closest routes.
As the journal mentions, researchers wanted to test the cellular grid in artificial intelligence. “We have created an artificial intelligence system that creates conditions similar to those of a mammalian brain when trying to orientate itself. So we used as a working hypothesis the pattern that helps us navigate, “says Andrea Banino, a researcher at DeepMind.
The results were fantastic for scientists as the data they gave the computer to cope with were those of a labyrinth. And how could artificial intelligence come out of it. The cellular mesh created to guide the computer from point A to point B not only did the job, but in the process managed to win a man and manage to cut a path. Just as an animal would do.