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University of Reading Brain Study Could Advance Artificial Intelligence

University of Reading researchers have gathered a new understanding of how the brain processes information, how we see the world and believe their findings could advance artificial intelligence.

The study had participants play a 3D game where they needed to adjust the slant of a surface so a moving ball bounced off it and through a target hoop. Throughout the study, the bounce of the ball was altered so the surface behaved differently.

Researchers found that the brain uses internal simulation to change the slant’s angle for consistent scoring. It also proved that humans are an adaptable species — a trait engineers are now study and looking to utilize in effective autonomous robot development. The industry is further studying how humans’ sensory systems can achieve what is not feasible for robotic systems.

“We take for granted our amazing ‘adaptability’ which allows us to enjoy such past-times as DIY or playing ball sports. However, little is known about the brain mechanisms that enable us to do these activities. Our research shows how our brains appear to have an intimate understanding of the laws of physics. In addition to aiding skillful action, this can change how we perceive the world around us,” said Peter Scarfe, of the university’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

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