back to article DeepMind: Get a load of our rat-like AI. 'Ere, look. It solves mazes and stuff

DeepMind researchers have developed a neural network loosely modeled on mammalian brains to craft an artificially intelligent program capable of navigating through mazes. The results were published in a paper in the journal Nature on Wednesday. DeepMind seems to think its work lifts the lid on how brains really work. We think …

  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    The Quantum State .... where this is that and also able to be anything else completely different

    Don't disbelieve everything you read on the internet is just as helpful a statement whenever so much for real is faked and leads the hoi polloi to dead ends on old trails.

    And the questions to ask for further information and intelligence on all about that is .... Why the subterfuge and subversion, the corruption and the perversion? Who and/or what profits and survives insatiable and rabid?

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: The Quantum State .... where this is that and also able to be anything else completely different

      "Who and/or what profits and survives insatiable and rabid?"

      The researchers, of course. Lots of money in research. Especially if the pockets you are draining are as deep as googleAlphabet's.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: The Quantum State .... where this is that and also able to be anything else completely different

        That's how it works jake.

        That's why random internet people can post comments on webzines.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: The Quantum State .... where this is that and also able to be anything else completely different

          I think you meant "random anonymous internet people.

          However, we can post comments because that's the culture (and to a smaller degree policy), not because the researchers make money. Nobody made money off of Community Memory, BITNET, Usenet or Fidonet[0]. Seems that humans as a whole gossip for free. (::gasp:: Say it ain't true!) It wasn't until Delphi, BIX, CI$ and AOL came along that anybody monetized it, and even then it was not all that much money per user, barely covering costs. The gootards, farceb0rk, twatter and the like are johnny-come-latelys, proving that excessive profiting from the commons ruins it for everybody. Even though they really aren't all that profitable, when you eyeball their Wall Street performance objectively ... but that's a rant for another day.

          [0] Except the good porn sites, of course. But they had content people found to be worth paying for ... take THAT, prudes! What did YOU think the "ogle" on "go ogle" came from?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Falken's Maze

    It's all about the mapping of outside physical reality onto some read-writeable, thus examinable, internal representation!

    Get me Claude Shannon on the hook!

  3. Simon Ward

    Just what the world needs ...

    Another victory for advanced statisticsAI

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's nothing particularly new or exciting about solving mazes, no matter how much money and marketing you throw at it.

    Wake me up when they can demo something that can predict the existence of income tax[*] and rice pudding before it is even switched on.

    [*] - unlikely, I know, because, y'know, Google.

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Just what the world needs ...

      Wake me when they can talk (type, sign, sing, whatever) to my nearly eight year old granddaughter and she doesn't twig that they are bots almost instantly.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Holmes

    DeepMind billed the work as "compelling."

    No shit, Sherlock.

    Goes to show these guys didn't play Quake back in the 90's. There was a bot program that learned every new map in a jiffy and could smoke your ass if you weren't good enough, and there weren't no hexagonal whatchamacallits back then. When you had that bot on your ass it was pretty "compelling" as well.

    1. Keven E

      Education

      If we just spent the same amount of *extra time and energy on teaching humans...

  5. The Nazz Silver badge

    Grid cells

    "It appears these neurons help animals – including humans – work out the relative distance between two points by mapping the space between them as a series of grid cells. In effect, we use these grid-cell neurons to work out the gap between things, and thus our position in the world around us."

    Ha ha, a bit like many of the local pavements use square paving slabs almost always aligned square to the road and along the direction of travel. Though rarely, if ever, aligned in a flat even plane.

    re humans and directions.

    Only the other day a guy asked me if i could give him directions to Bradford ( why on earth anyone would choose to go there is beyond me).

    Yeah, sure i could, but if i were going to go to Bradford i certainly wouldn't be starting from here.

  6. The Nazz Silver badge

    Real AI mark 1.0

    I'll believe in this AI malarky when it can understand, explain or even predict the workings of an adult female* brain.

    Upgrade :

    Better still, mark 2.0 when it can make the output more logical and rational.

    * other gender types are available, please select from the following list.

  7. DerekCurrie
    Meh

    I Call These "AI" Systems: Circus Acts

    Playing games ≠ Actual intelligence. It's cute and all. It may find some important uses! But let's drop the 'intelligence' moniker please.

    If only we humans understood what actual 'intelligence' was to begin with. We don't. That's one reason the marketing HypeHypeHype for AI gets away with so much nonsense.

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