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Scientists at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Washington recently announced they have developed the first artificial neural network that can outperform and even surpass the best human competitors in a wide variety of tasks.
Their work is described in a paper published online this week in Nature Neuroscience.
The study builds on the work of Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, which have developed neural nets for other tasks.
The two labs have demonstrated the ability to train neural nets to perform a wide range of tasks, from image recognition to language understanding, with impressive results.
Neural nets can do a lot more than just recognize images, for example.
They can also learn from the input they receive, and even learn to match the input to the output.
In this sense, they can perform many more tasks than the human brain.
The team’s neural net, which was built using neural networks from a variety of artificial intelligence and machine learning platforms, has been trained on nearly 100,000 images taken by a wide-range of cameras.
It then applied a variety, including a natural language search, a task that involves matching words and phrases to images, and an image-recognition task that requires recognizing patterns on an image of a tree, all using the same training data.
This combination of training and test data allowed the researchers to test the neural net’s ability to perform tasks ranging from recognizing and describing images to speech recognition.
“We’ve developed a platform that can learn and solve these tasks, and then we’ve applied that platform to many more,” said Thomas Riedel, the principal investigator of the work and a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford.
The researchers developed the neural network by training the network to recognize and describe a range of images.
The network then applied the results of its training to perform an image search in which the images are matched with similar images of the same shape or object.
For example, the team trained the neural nets on a series of images of a red, orange, yellow, and green plant, a black and white rabbit, and a black dog.
These images are shown in a three-dimensional grid of 100,200 objects.
Each object was paired with one of five different shapes.
For each image, the neural networks were trained to identify the shape and identify the object.
The images were then matched to images from a larger set of similar images that were used as input.
The resulting images were further matched with the same objects and then tested.
The neural networks then performed an image recognition task in which they matched images from the larger set with the original images and then matched the matching images to images that had not been matched.
In the test task, the network then compared the matching and non-matching images.
Each time, the matching image was paired to the original image.
The results of these two tasks indicated that the neural system was able to perform nearly the same tasks, with the only notable difference being that the network did not match matching images of objects to objects that had been previously matched to the same object.
This is a great achievement because the neural technology has the potential to improve image recognition in the future.
The ability to learn and perform tasks in which we have not yet reached human levels of capability is a major advance in the field of artificial neural networks.
The work also helps to explain why the neural systems of the past have often failed to perform these tasks.
“This is something that we’re learning how to do in a lot of the challenges that are posed to us by technology today,” Riedeel said.
“But there is still some progress to be made.
There’s still some limitations to this technology, and we want to learn how to overcome those limitations in the near future.”
To learn more about the research, visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology website at http://www.nist.gov/intl/index.htm.
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