General Motors Licenses Neural Network Tech from National Lab

General Motors is set to tap an artificial intelligence software system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its driver assistance systems technology and future-facing automotive designs…

Artificial neural networks are essentially computational systems built to mimic the human brain. Such algorithms are used by computers to recognize patterns across datasets of text, images or audio—and once trained can do so quicker and at a much broader scale than humans. These brain-inspired networks, though, are challenging for even the best coders to design effectively.

That’s where MENNDL comes in.

The system can generate “thousands of optimized neural networks in a matter of hours,” ORNL’s release notes, “depending on the power of the computer used.” The tool was built to automatically combine and test millions of parent networks, and in turn, produce high-performing optimized neural networks for specific applications.