Michael R. J. Guerriere, MD; Allan S. Detsky, MD, PhD
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For centuries, mankind has sought to understand and duplicate the processes that constitute intelligence. The advent of modern computer technology, with its ability to perform many complex tasks far better and faster than the brain, has led many to predict that this quest would soon be completed.
Modern computers are based entirely on a central processor that adds and multiplies binary numbers. All tasks handled by computers including calculations, word processing, and robot control are done by translating them into these binary operations. Information is stored in banks of storage elements called registers, which are separate from the processing elements.
Guerriere MRJ, Detsky AS. Neural Networks: What Are They?. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:906–907. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-11-906
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(11):906-907.
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