Ron Wilson, Altera
In the dark world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the Dark Lord commanded the creation of a set of golden rings that embodied and projected his power. One in particular (Figure 1) held power over the others, with the ability to find them and bring them together.
If you follow reports in the press, you might see an analogy in the growing power of deep learning algorithms. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) in particular seem to have completely triumphed in their realm. They have crushed all other algorithms in the ImageNet visual recognition challenge, so thoroughly that it appears the only remaining issues are implementation details such as the number of layers in the network. And CNNs have won a seemingly permanent place in a range of more worldly systems, from self-driving cars to Go-playing computers. CNNs are the answer of the hour—the algorithm which seems to be summoning together and dominating all other work in artificial intelligence. - See more at: http://systemdesign.altera.com/neural-networks-rings-power/#sthash.kbACajgG.dpuf
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