Inside Multimodal Neurons

Artificial intelligence researchers have discovered neurons within an AI system that have only previously been seen in the human brain.

OpenAI, a startup founded by Elon Musk, uncovered what is referred to by neuroscientists as a multinodal neuron, within the murky inner workings of one of its most advanced neural networks.

The discovery was made using a general-purpose vision system called CLIP, which trains itself on complex datasets to recognise objects and people within abstract contexts, such as cartoons or statues.

“We’ve discovered neurons in CLIP that respond to the same concept whether presented literally, symbolically, or conceptually,” OpenAI explained in a blog post.

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