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Neil Fraser: Writing: Neural Network Follies

In the 1980s, the Pentagon wanted to harness computer technology to make their tanks harder to attack.

The Plan

The preliminary plan was to fit each tank with a digital camera hooked up to a computer. The computer would continually scan the environment outside for possible threats (such as an enemy tank hiding behind a tree), and alert the tank crew to anything suspicious. Computers are really good at doing repetitive tasks without taking a break, but they are generally bad at interpreting images. The only possible way to solve the problem was to employ a neural network.

via Neil Fraser: Writing: Neural Network Follies.

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