TitlePatch panel from experimental neural net computer
DescriptionThis patch panel came from an early neural network computer at Cornell University, likely the Perceptron or a similar research neural network. This component is a plastic board drilled with many plug-holes. On the back side of the plugboard are female connectors to which are soldered elaborate arrays of resistors. A bundle of connecting wires leads out from these resistors and has been cut off flush.
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.
Dimensions2 x 24 x 4 in.
CreditGift of Lester Ludwig
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