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Hebbian Learning: Neurons That Fire Together, Wire Together
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Hebbian Learning: Neurons That Fire Together, Wire Together

Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Davide Coccomini

Originally published on Towards AI.

If we want to talk about Hebbian Learning, we need to start talking about the more general concept of bio-inspired design. Bio-inspired design, also known as biomimicry, is an innovative approach that takes cues from nature to solve human challenges. It involves studying biological systems and using the insights gained to create sustainable solutions across various domains.

Figure 1: Kingfisher inspired the Bullet Train.

Consider the case of high-speed trains and kingfishers [1]. For trains, air resistance in their passage is a serious problem because it causes a lot of noise and can prevent very high speeds from being reached. Engineers studying the kingfisher’s beak thought that designing a train taking inspiration from its shape could solve the problem, as shown in Figure 1.

The kingfisher’s beak is indeed streamlined and tapered, minimizing air resistance. This shape allows the bird to move through the air with minimal drag, reducing the force that opposes its forward motion.

In this case, the best engineering solution has been taken by the observation and imitation of nature.

Can we take inspiration from nature to improve AI systems?

In recent years, we have witnessed a continuous and unstoppable growth of artificial intelligence-based systems, and the vast majority of these impressive advances… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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