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You are right, we do not know everything about the brain. Not even close. But neural networks are modelled on what we do know of the brain. And "milking" neural networks completely means we have created an artificial brain.



Did you just ignore the first few lines of argonaut's comment?

Recently, we also introduced activation functions in our neural nets, like rectified linear and maxout just for their nice mathematical properties without any regards to biological plausibility. And they do work better than what we had before.




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