Artificial neural networks are changing the world. What are they?

Share This article Since the invention of the computer, there have been people talking about the things that computers will never be able to do. Whether it was beating a grand master at chess or winning on Jeopardy!, these predictions have always been wrong. However, some such nay-saying always had a better grounding in computer science. There were goals that, if you knew how computers worked, you knew they would be virtually impossible to achieve. Recognizing human emotions through facial expressions. Reading a wide variety of cursive handwriting. Correctly identifying the words in spoken language. Driving autonomously through busy streets. Well, computers are now starting to be able to do all of those things, and quite a bit more. Were the nay-sayers really just too cynical about the true capabilities…


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