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The Artificial Brain: Neural Networks

In the 1970s and 1980s, researchers in computer science attempted to re-create the brain's function using simulated neurons connected through computer software. They created the first artificial neural networks. As research in neural networks continued, this technology proved to be excellent at recognizing patterns. However, the downside of neural networks was the same as that of the right brain and the speed at which it arrives at conclusions. Neural networks can rapidly reach conclusions, but it is impossible to examine a neural network to understand the assumptions it is drawing from.

The right brain works a lot like a neural network. It draws upon experience to reach suppositions, but we generally don't know the reasons for those conclusions, except as a feeling. So if the left brain wants to explain and the right brain cannot offer explanations, which side wins in a battle of decision making?

The answer depends on personality.

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