CHAPTER 25 Biologically Inspired Recognition Schemes

25.1 Introduction

The artificial intelligence community has long been intrigued by the capability of the human mind for apparently effortless perception of complex scenes. Of even greater significance is the fact that perception does not occur as a result of overt algorithms, but rather as a result of hard-wired processes, coupled with extensive training of the neural pathways in the infant brain. The hard-wiring pattern is largely the result of evolution, both of the neurons themselves and of their interconnections, though training and use must have some effect on them too. By and large, however, it is probably correct to say that the overall architecture of the brain is the result of evolution, ...

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