Some Neural Networks Compute, Others Don't

Neural Networks 21 (2-3):311-321 (2008)
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Abstract

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 computations. Brains may well fall into this last class.

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Gualtiero Piccinini
University of Missouri, St. Louis

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