Digital Brain

Computer components designed to recognize images behave surprisingly like neurons in the brain, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine report.

“We found that deep neural networks used for recognizing images actually have single units within them that respond in remarkably similar ways as do neurons within the visual system of the brain,” said lead author Dean A Pospisil, a neuroscience doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Wyeth Bair.

Bair and Anitha Pasupathy, both UW associate professors of biological structure, co-authored the paperwith Pospisil. It appeared in the journal eLife in December.