Monday, 11 March 2024

The relationship between infant brains and artificial intelligence

RAI TGR Trento interview with Dr. Eugenio Parise

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How does a child acquire in a few months such complex skills as understanding the purpose of an action, understanding that words were used to symbolize objects, grasping the meaning of verbal and nonverbal communicative signals? In recent decades, thanks in part to methods derived from neuroscience, such as EEG, research on child cognitive development has begun to shed light on these fundamental questions for understanding how the human mind develops from infancy to adulthood. Of crucial importance is the child's early interaction with the social world, the primary source of cultural information unique to our species, which would be difficult to acquire through learning strategies not based on pedagogical communicative exchanges. This also distinguishes the mind of the infant from recent models of AI, which follow totally different learning strategies, and perhaps still lack the logical-inferential skills that a baby only a few months old shows instead to possess.

The interview with Dr. Parise at the link