Deep Learning On Babbage’s Analytical Engine

Speculating on what might have happened if Babbage had built his Analytical Engine is fun, but did you ever think that a Victorian computer could implement a neural network and learn to read handwritten digits? Well it can and it’s not a joke.  Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine was the first computer, or rather would have been if it had been completed a little over 200 years ago. A completely mechanical stored program computer might not seem impressive compared to a silicon implemented electronic machine, but a computer is a computer and in principle they can all do any computation. I Programmer has previously pondered the question of how computer programming and artificial intelligence might have developed had Babbage persevered with his design to the point where it was realized in cogs and…

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