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What are Neural Network Applications?

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Neural network applications are software setups that utilize a specific kind of technology called a neural network. The neural network is a collection of processors, devices, or units that produce collectively interpreted data. Scientists and programmers call a system like this an artificial neural network because it is designed to operate much like a human brain.

As a modern technology, the neural network uses concepts birthed by the rise of microprocessors in doing speedy computation and data development. A neural network may use a fuzzy logic concept, where the neural network applications fill in gaps in a "picture" or overall data construction according to what data they have already collected. Overall, the neural network and neural programming are examples of how innovative humans have blended the unique capacity of computers with principles of what is called artificial intelligence, a simulation of human intelligence and thought.

Before the proliferation of neural network applications, programmers used other relatively unsophisticated tools, such as robust pattern detection, machine vision, and adaptive control, to start to implement similar kinds of programs to those that neural networks provide. The term virtual reality was used to give the public a vision of what might be later developed by 21st century technology. Some of these terms and concepts have been replaced by neural network systems, as this general type of software does much of what data mining and other specific programming tasks did in years past.

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Neural network applications are popular and useful across many different industries. The abilities of a neural network can provide extensive direction for visual animation teams, such as those who work in Hollywood to develop breath-taking characters and scenes for films and television. Another use of neural network applications is in public administration research or engineering, where the neural network can help provide analysis and adaptation to rapidly changing conditions.

Companies that contribute to neural network software can do so from a general conceptual standpoint, or in very precise, specific applications. Programmers of neural network applications can work to bring a software to the public for all kinds of do-it-yourself engineering or simulation tasks, or they can provide proprietary internal software for a company that needs to keep its edge in using the best new technology for research and development. Although neural network applications have a large role in modern design, their use could extend even further in the future as new programmers continue to build on what their predecessors have developed in the past.

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