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From neural networks to the brain: autonomous mental development

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2 Author(s)
Juyang Weng ; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, USA ; Wey-Shinan Hwang

Artificial neural networks can model cortical local learning and signal processing, but they are not the brain, neither are many special purpose systems to which they contribute. Autonomous mental development models all or part of the brain (or the central nervous system) and how it develops and learns autonomously from infancy to adulthood. Like neural network research, such modeling aims to be biologically plausible. This paper discusses why autonomous development is necessary according to a concept called task muddiness. Then it introduces results for a series of research issues, including the new paradigm for autonomous development, mental architectures, developmental algorithm, a refined classification of types of machine learning, spatial complexity and time complexity. Finally, the paper presents some experimental results for applications, including: vision-guided navigation, object finding, object-based attention (eye-pan), and attention-guided pre-reaching, tour tasks that infants learn to perform early but very perceptually challenging for robots

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IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )