Behind locked doors and shrouded in secrecy, Google’s scientists have been working away at creating one of the world’s biggest neural networks for machine learning. Google’s brightest minds put together 16,000 computer processors and then gave it a free reign of the internet to see what it would figure out. Called the Google Brain, it did what millions of humans do with the internet each day and that is look for cats!
This neural network actually taught itself how to recognize the furry felines, which though might sound pretty basic to you and me (we knew what they were when we were 2 or 3 right?!) in computing terms it is actually a remarkable achievement. While we all know that the internet is somewhat awash with kitteh vids for Google Brain to be able to recognize them out of 20,000 distinct items is a serious accomplishment. Google Brain performed far better than any previous attempts at neural networking in the past, roughly doubling the accuracy rates in object recognition! Continue Reading