The researchers of artificial intelligence (AI) are formulating new possibility every other day. And, a recent one has managed to develop a software program that functions like a human brain and managed to navigate through a virtual maze much faster than an expert of flesh and blood. The software was able to identify and take shortcuts much more efficiently and outperformed the expert hands down.
In the recent past, AI programs have come a long way in mimicking human brain in a number of fields, showing possibilities to recognize objects, navigation, and playing complicated board games, to name a few. Navigation is a complex process that requires revision of the position after every new step taken, and the program was able to do it efficiently. Taking a clue from grid cells in the hippocampus region of a human brain, the program learnt to observe and explore a new environment. Throughout, the program kept destination as the primary target even when traveling on a whole new route, and was able to automatically adopt shorter routes when introduced.
If the researchers are to be believed, the program was highly accurate, like a super-human, showcasing extraordinary skills and beating even the professionals.
The study is a work from researchers who mostly belong from a U.K. based AI Company called DeepMind, who are also responsible for giving us AlphaGo. The self-trained computer had defeated human experts at “Go,” a Chinese board game that is known to require exceptional processing powers to prevail. The researchers have asserted that the understanding of grid cells in the brain will be the key for the future of AI.