TitlePatch panel cables from experimental neural net computer
DescriptionThis bundle of black and yellow patch panel cables, about 10 inches long on average, came from an early neural network computer at Cornell University, likely the Perceptron or a similar research neural network.
The Perceptron was built and used at Cornell University in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Professor Henry David Block of the Cornell Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Department collaborated with Frank Rosenblatt, a psychologist at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, on the development of the Perceptron. Based on the McCulloch-Pitts model of an artificial neuron, the Perceptron was the most widely known early neural network. In 1969, symbolic Artificial Intelligence (AI) pioneers Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert criticized neural networks in their book 'Perceptrons', resulting in a slump in neural network research until its reemergence in the 1980s.