Some neural networks compute, others don't

@article{Piccinini2008SomeNN,
  title={Some neural networks compute, others don't},
  author={Gualtiero Piccinini},
  journal={Neural networks : the official journal of the International Neural Network Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={21 2-3},
  pages={311-21}
}
I address whether neural networks perform computations in the sense of computability theory and computer science. I explicate and defend the following theses. (1) Many neural networks compute--they perform computations. (2) Some neural networks compute in a classical way. Ordinary digital computers, which are very large networks of logic gates, belong in this class of neural networks. (3) Other neural networks compute in a non-classical way. (4) Yet other neural networks do not perform… CONTINUE READING

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