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Artificial Brain Aids Cosmic Exploration

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posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 08:01 AM
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Artifical Intelligence has finally come of age with it now being used in simulating the universe and how it evolved. This artifical brain thinks like a human would do, with the help of neural networks, which mimic how a human brain functions.

What would be even better if Strong AI is, someday, applied to studies of the universe.


A technique based on how brain neurons behave could dramatically speed up computer simulations of the universe, said U.K. researchers.

Cosmologists have long used computers to simulate what the universe looks like and how it evolved. But modelling the universe in detail is an extremely time consuming process.

Therefore researchers, led by postgraduate student Cesario Almeida from the University of Durham, have used an artificial neural network (ANN) to speed up the process of creating mock catalogues of galaxies.

ANN simulates the way brain neurons connect and compute information, and it can be used to solve a range of astronomy, mathematics and engineering problems.


Source: dsc.discovery.com...




posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 08:51 AM
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Originally posted by sunny_2008ny

Artifical Intelligence has finally come of age with it now being used in simulating the universe and how it evolved.



In fact ANN is a very old technology which is there since the beginning of AI, so I wouldn't say AI has come of age or even made minor progress, just because the same thing is being used in a different situation.

ANN and Genetic algorithms is a good combination to explore models where you need to eliminate a lot of possibilities out of billions of them and come up with a "fit" set. It is not necessary that whatever comes out will be useful.



posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 10:26 AM
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This is quite interesting. It also brings to mind those theories on "we are living inside a computer simulation".



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