Scientists have found that the human brain works harder when it trains against robots.
Researchers at the University of Florida analyzed dozens of hours of table tennis matches in which people pitted against machines and each other.
The players wore electrode caps so that their brain activity could be monitored during the game.
The scientists found that when playing against each other, the brains of the players worked in unison, “as if they were all speaking the same language.”
But when the players encountered the ball-serving machine, the neurons in their brains lined up differently, a phenomenon known as desynchronization.
“If we have 100,000 people on a football field and they all get sick together, it’s like a synchronization in the brain, a sign of a relaxed brain,” said Daniel Ferris, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. And if we have the same 100,000 people, but they all talk.” “For their friends, they are busy but out of sync. motionless and idling.
The researchers said their work, published in the journal eNeuro, shows that the brain works harder when playing against bots because the machines don’t give any signals about what to do next.
Professor Ferris, one of the authors of the study, said: “Human interactions with robots will be different from interactions with other humans. Our long-term goal is to try to understand how the brain responds to these differences.”
The researchers said that as bots become more common and complex, understanding how the human brain reacts to enemy movements could allow engineers to create more natural bots.
“I still see a lot of value in machine learning,” said Amanda Studniki, a University of Florida graduate student who was part of the research team, “but I think machines will evolve in the next 10 or 20 years and we could see more natural behavior than we are.” Players can practice with him.”
The study was published in the journal eNeuro.
Source: Daily Mail
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