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Nanoscale connections for brain-like circuits

Tiny circuit elements called memristors have been used as connections in an artificial neural network – enabling the system to learn to recognize letters of the alphabet from imperfect images. See Letter p.61

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Figure 1: A memristive neural network.


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Legenstein, R. Nanoscale connections for brain-like circuits. Nature 521, 37–38 (2015).

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