Re: DiscoveryCh - AI

From: Jim Fehlinger (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 18:44:54 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> There are a handful of AI researchers who try to implement biologically
> realistic neural networks... The rest of them ... go into
> boastful raptures about "the same parallel distributed processing networks
> used in the human brain" while attributing classical-AI-like semantics to
> individual tokens in neural networks that an earthworm would sneeze at.

Yes, Gerald Edelman refers to this humorously as the "grandmother
neuron" approach to neural networks. The idea being that there's a
single neuron in the output layer whose job it is to fire when grandma
is presented to the input layer.

Jim F.

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