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To build better AI, Meta is studying how human brains process language

Key idea: Meta Platforms Inc.’s artificial intelligence research division Meta AI is embarking on a long-term research project to study how the human brain processes language in order to build better language models.

Original author and publication date: Kit Dotson – April 28, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Could it be that human language is the key to develop a better AI? Could it be that human language is the key to develop better humans too?

From the article:

The project was announced today and will be done in collaboration with neuroimaging center NeuroSpin and the Inria, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology. With the participation of these two foundations, Meta AI will be comparing how AI language models and human brains respond to the same spoken or written sentences.

“Understanding the origins of human intelligence is the grand challenge for science in the 21st century,” said Stanislas Dehaene, director of NeuroSpin.

“Artificial neural networks for language are getting closer and closer to mimicking the activity of the human brain, and thereby shedding new light on how thought might be implemented in neural tissue.”

Currently, AI models that most closely model human language do so by systematically breaking down sentences through observing context and attempting to predict the next word based on a type of machine learning. Although these systems might provide a superficial sense of “humanness” to users, they use broad datasets of how numerous other sentences proceeded to predict the next word.

Human brains, however, anticipate words and ideas far ahead including everything that the sentence or thought might represent.

For example, giving an AI model “Once upon,” and having it predict the next word is a one-off process of predicting the word “time.” The brain of a person who had been raised on fairy tales, on the other hand, would hear “Once upon,” and their brain would do more than just predict “time” as the next word, it would also bring to mind all of the magical notions that come with it, such as wicked witches, dragons, castles, heroes and other things of cultural significance.

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