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Optical selectionist approach to optical connectionist systems
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

Two broad approaches to computing are known - connectionist (which includes Turing Machines but is demonstrably more powerful) and selectionist. Human computer engineers tend to prefer the connectionist approach which includes neural networks. Nature uses both but may show an overall preference for selectionism. "Looking back into the history of biology, it appears that whenever a phenomenon resembles learning, an instructive theory was first proposed to account for the underlying mechanisms. In every case, this was later replaced by a selective theory." - N. K. Jeme, Nobelist in Immunology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1994
PDF: 27 pages
Proc. SPIE 10277, Adaptive Computing: Mathematics, Electronics, and Optics: A Critical Review, 102770B (1 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171189
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H. John Caulfield, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10277:
Adaptive Computing: Mathematics, Electronics, and Optics: A Critical Review
Su-Shing Chen; H. John Caulfield, Editor(s)

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