Artificial Brains May Need Sleep Too!

Posted by Peter Rudin on 10. July 2020 in News

“We study spiking neural networks, which are systems that learn much as living brains do,” says Los Alamos National Laboratory computer scientist Yijing Watkins. “We are fascinated by the prospect of training a neuromorphic processor in a manner analogous to how humans and other biological systems learn from their environment during childhood development.”

Watkins and her research team found that the network simulations became unstable after continuous periods of unsupervised learning. When they exposed the networks to states that are analogous to the waves that living brains experience during sleep, stability was restored. “It was as though we were giving the neural networks the equivalent of a good night’s rest,” said Watkins.

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