An Artificial Neural Network Forms Its Own Memories

Clive Wearing is a noted British musician, but he’s perhaps best known as the man with a 30-second memory.

In the 1980s, Wearing contracted a strain of herpes virus that attacked his brain and destroyed his ability to form new memories. He might forget what he’s eating before food reaches his mouth. He struggles to frame experiences of the present with conceptions of time and place. Life for him is often akin to waking up from a coma — every 20 seconds.

In a certain sense, artificial n

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