Paranoid android or how scientists develop a method of driving computers insane

Scientists have developed a method for simulating the symptoms of schizophrenia. The computer “suffering” schizophrenia then “claimed to be responsible for a terror attack”.

The researchers simulated the symptoms by using a neural network called DISCERN, that can learn language and remember stories. They then decreased the program’s ability to forget and it started giving answers resembling those given by humans with schizophrenia. This study thus lends support to the “hyperlearning” hypothesis — that schizophrenia may in part be caused by an inability to forget information, depriving the brain of its ability to attach meaning to new information.

You can read this research in Biological Psychiatry or follow and add your five cent to the discussion on Slashdot.

 

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