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Larger Neural Networks
Posted by on Tuesday September 30, @11:08PM
from the lightbulb-over-the-head dept.
According to this MIT Technology Review article, researchers from Carlos III de Madrid University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have combined light and electricity in a efficient manner to allow larger neural networks. The results of their work were published in the September issue of Optical Engineering and practical applications may be developed in two to five years.

The researchers' system carries out the neural weights assignment electronically, which cuts down on the number of difficult-to-align optical connections compared to previous optoelectronic neural networks, according to the researchers.
The design makes it possible to scale the system to a very high number of elements, or neurons, and the systemís optical interconnects allow for fast communications among neurons.


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