ISRAEL - Creation of Brain-Inspired Algorithm

Arno Froese

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University have said they have created a new type of ultra-fast artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm based on the dynamics of the human brain.

According to a report published in Scientific Reports, the algorithm demonstrates that, despite the human brain computing at a much slower rate than modern computers, it is extremely fast and efficient. As such, the scientists say, “Insights of fundamental principles of our brain have to be once again at the center of future artificial intelligence.”

The researchers—led by Prof. Ido Kanter of Bar-Ilan’s Department of Physics and Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center—used advanced experiments on neuronal cultures and large-scale simulations to demonstrate a type of algorithm that outperforms learning rates achieved to date by state-of-the-art learning algorithms.

“The current scientific and technological viewpoint is that neurobiology and machine learning are two distinct disciplines that advanced independently,” he said. “The absence of expectedly reciprocal influence is puzzling.”

Kanter explains that the number of neurons in a brain is less than the number of bits in a typical modern computer and that the brain’s computation speed is even slower than the first computers that were invented more than 70 years ago. However, the brain’s learning rules are much more complicated than those of current AI algorithms.

“While driving, one observes cars, pedestrian crossings and road signs, and can easily identify their temporal ordering and relative positions,” said Kanter. “Biological hardware [learning rules] is designed to deal with asynchronous inputs and refine their relative information.”, 12 August 2019

Arno's commentary

There is no end in sight to computer science progress. Actually, it’s only the beginning. Professor Kanter’s statement is significant: “The current scientific and technological viewpoint is that neurobiology and machine learning are two distinct disciplines that advanced independently.” That, of course, is simply explained: one is designed by God, the other by man. The aim of modern scientists and researchers is to show man’s ability to create. If AI algorithms can be married to the human brain, then a human becomes a sub-computer, and vice-versa. What is overlooked is the fact that man has a soul and a spirit; that cannot be duplicated, nor scientifically analyzed.

The Bible calls the place of the soul and spirit, the heart (not the blood pump). It is the center from which good and evil is decided, where man’s God-given free will can be exercised. Here we must quote Genesis 6:5: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Jeremiah confirms: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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