How to Build a Neuron: Exploring AI in JavaScript Pt 1

Eric Elliott
Jun 24, 2016 · 9 min read
Dual Neuron — Scott Ingram (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

What Do All of These Technologies Have in Common?

What is a Neuron?

What is a Synapse?

A neuron either fires or it doesn’t. Its action potentials are all roughly the same, and all last a few ms. Synapses transform the signal.

In nature, brain chemistry can have a profound impact on our moods and behaviors. Should AI neural nets emulate that?

Synaptic Plasticity

Chemical synapses have a variety of neurotransmitters that can modulate the postsynaptic neuron potential in various ways.

Cells that fire together wire together.
Cells that fire apart wire apart.

Neurons in Code



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