neural network

noun

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

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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 Shane's neural network has previously generated bizarre and hilarious Christmas carols, Halloween costume ideas, and names for fish species. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Neural Network Candy Heart Slogans Are Hilariously Weird," 9 Feb. 2018 The company’s chip, like Qualcomm’s, is customized to run the neural network software that powers recent improvements in image recognition. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Thanks to AI, These Cameras Will Know What They’re Seeing," 17 Apr. 2018 By doing tests on neural network models, scientists have determined that when the brain is stimulated, the number of holes and solids that exist within this framework skyrocket. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Your Brain's Connections Exist in Eight Dimensions," 26 Aug. 2017 Graphcore’s chip can also hold entire neural networks, computational models inspired by structures in biological brains, which are used in many AI applications. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is awakening the chip industry’s animal spirits," 7 June 2018 Translational invariance is the principle behind convolutional neural networks, or convnets, LeCun's greatest claim to fame. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child," 24 May 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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