Google’s X Labs, responsible for dreaming up the company’s most cutting-edge prototypes such as Project Glass, recently created an artificial human brain of 16,000 processors. Naturally, they exposed the brain to YouTube and a data set of 10 million images, so it ended up identifying cats without prior knowledge of even knowing what a cat was.
The researchers attribute this to part of the brain acting as a “cybernetic cousin” to the visual cortex, constructing an image of cat subconsciously via “grandmother neurons” that are activated when exposed to a particular face over and over again.
Overall, Google’s team seems to think they can map out the entire visual cortex in less than a decade. Let’s hope its sophistication isn’t misplaced.