Artificial intelligence designed to function like a human could require periods of rest similar to those needed by biological brains.
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US discovered that neural networks experienced benefits that were “the equivalent of a good night’s rest” when exposed to an artificial analogue of sleep.
“We were 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,” said Yijing Watkins, a computer scientist at Los Alamos.
The discovery was made by the team of researchers while working on a form of artificial intelligence designed to mimic how humans learn to see.
The AI became unstable during long periods of unsupervised learning, as it attempted to classify objects using their dictionary definitions without having any prior examples to compare them to.
When exposed to a state that is similar to what a human brain experiences during sleep, the neural network’s stability was restored.