neural network


Definition of neural network 

: a computer architecture in which a number of processors are interconnected in a manner suggestive of the connections between neurons in a human brain and which is able to learn by a process of trial and error

called also neural net

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The hope is to pair up the neural network with high sensitivity detectors, allowing for a lightening-fast emergency warning. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Give Lightspeed Warning of Incoming Earthquakes and Tsunamis," 15 Oct. 2018 Like Malong, those companies build what are called neural networks, complex algorithms that learn tasks by analyzing vast amounts of data. New York Times, "Why A.I. and Cryptocurrency Are Making One Type of Computer Chip Scarce," 8 May 2018 The researchers used all this data to train a neural network on how to fly through the obstacle course, not with a detailed 3-D lidar map, but with sight. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Watch Out, Pro Racers: These Drones Just Learned to Fly Solo," 27 June 2018 In time, Bengio, along with Hinton and LeCun, would become an important figure in a field known as deep learning, involving computer models called neural networks. Vauhini Vara, Fortune, "Can This Startup Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.?," 25 June 2018 Attempts to run neural networks on traditional CPUs run up against these fundamental mismatches. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Training a neural network in phase-change memory beats GPUs," 7 June 2018 Google has a special AI chip for neural networks call the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, which is available for AI apps on the Google Cloud Platform. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Oh, and speaking of A.I., this is a little awkward but … our bosses spent the past three months training a neural network to replace you as the author of this newsletter. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin and Farhad’s Week in Tech: Did the ‘Techlash’ Matter?," 8 June 2018 What is the difference between a neural network that can produce realistic images and one that can carry on a conversation in natural language? Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "So, Umm, Google Duplex’s Chatter Is Not Quite Human," 17 May 2018

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