neural networks

a.k.a. a brain, digital analog hybrid

A type of AI (artificial intelligence) that attempts to imitate the way the human brain works. Rather than using a digital model (in which all computations manipulate zeros and ones), a "neural network" creates connections between processing elements (the computer equivalent of neurons).

The organization and weights of the connections determine the output, so neural networks are particularly effective for predicting events when networks have a large database of prior examples to draw on. Neural networks can be implemented on analog computers and digital computers.

Historical perspective: The field of neural networks was pioneered in the 1950's by Bernard Widrow of Stanford University. There are few commercial applications of neural networks, but the approach is proving useful in areas that involve recognizing complex patterns, such as facial recognition and voice recognition

See also : AI  BCI  transhumanism  machine learning  MIT  
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