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They develop AI that aims to help people with memory loss • ENTER.CO

Can you imagine having the ability to choose which memories to keep and which things to delete from your memory? Researchers at the University of Toronto are about to achieve it thanks to artificial intelligence. Through its website, the University announced the new project that aims to help mainly people with memory loss problems.

The computer algorithm was developed by scientist Parham Aarabi who works at the University of Toronto. The Artificial Intelligence algorithm can store and remember information strategically, just like the human brain. For his part, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Edward S. Rogers SR. He created a tool that takes full advantage of the algorithm.

Human studies have shown that the brain tends to prioritize more recent events over more distant ones. Likewise, we emphasize the memories that we consider most important and we compress a long narrative to what is clearly essential. “For example, today I remember that I sent my daughter away to go to school, I promised her that she would pay someone back, and I promised her that she would read a research paper,” says Aarabi. “But I don’t remember every second of what I experienced.”

Aarabi and his team have set up the AI ​​tool using a simple email-based interface. This is responsible for reminding participants of the most important information based on algorithmic priority and a relevant index of keywords. The project is expected to support natural language processing tools to help people with memory loss; in this way, they will be able to have a tracking route of the key information.

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“Most people think of AI as more of a robot than a human,” says Aarabi, who will also present the project this week at the IEEE Biology and Medicine Engineering Society Conference in Glasgow. As the AI ​​developer comments, in the past, computers depended entirely on who used them. That is, they needed someone to give them the exact orders about what should or should not be stored. But this has changed thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, in topics such as deep learning and neural networks, the technology has turned to “more confused” approaches.

The professor comments that the tool aims to work with people with memory loss in such a way that “It helps them remember things in a very human way, very gently, without overwhelming them. Most task management aids are too complicated and not helpful in these circumstances.” If you want to try the tool, you can do it, you just have to send an email to [email protected] to get all the instructions.

“I’ve been using it myself,” Aarabi said. “The goal is to get the demo into people’s hands, whether they’re dealing with significant memory degradation or just everyday pressures, and see what feedback we get. The next steps would be to build alliances in health care to test in a more comprehensive way.”

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