Computers learn differently: their hardware remains always constant, and never reconfigures itself. What changes is the software; the data, or the program, or both. A human mind is a work-in-progress, as the brain evolves and constantly changes. A computer mind does not evolve, or change its structure, or hardware; it becomes better by accumulating and storing more data, by creating more connections between the data, and by running logical programs of better quality faster. This subtle difference between computers and biological brains is what makes humans have subjective experiences, as opposed to computers that cannot.
A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. It's been dubbed the "Brainternet" project, and it essentially turns the brain "…into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web." The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user's head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live streams the data to an application programming interface and displays the data on an open website where anyone can view the activity.
Computer brains are becoming more intelligent -- we've been trying to work out who is smartest and sharpest since since the dawn of video games if not before. Computer'brains' in the world of Artificial Intelligence don't actually function organically, like a human brain, obviously. But as we continue to build new and ever more powerful layers of functionality into the machine brain, they can start to'ape' some of our human imperfections and nuances in an attempt to be more like us. Software application developers (and their IT'Ops' operations buddies) are working hard to move statistical models into computer brains and advance not just AI, but the inextricably closely related area of machine learning which helps feed the practice of'automation', which in and of itself has become the darling buzzword of the IT industry in recent times. Data intelligence firms like Elastic are building machine learning functions into their software as fast as they can.
Now that's a word that packs a punch! Machine learning is hot stuff these days! And why won't it be? Almost every "enticing" new development in the field of Computer Science and Software Development in general has something related to machine learning behind the veils. The Amazon product recommendation you just got was the number crunching effort of some Machine Learning Algorithm).