back to article Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

A pair of academics have reproduced part of a moth's brain as an artificial neural network – and taught it to recognize numbers to a fairly high accuracy with just a few training examples. The software, dubbed MothNet, can apparently discern handwritten digits with 75 per cent to 85 per cent accuracy, given 15 to 20 training …

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Joke

Roses are red, Violets are blue...

We're all gonna die, When the moth-brain A.I. kills you !

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Joke

Re: Roses are red, Violets are blue...

Roses are red, but if that is true

you only exist in my dream about you...

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Coat

Re: Roses are red, Violets are blue...

(Moth)balls to the crappy poems

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Re: Roses are red, Violets are blue...

The Register's re[a]d

And mostly it's true

But its commentards screech

And sometimes fling poo

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TRT
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It will have practical applications...

once they have worked out how to stop the computer bashing itself against the light bulb.

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Re: It will have practical applications...

Only goes to show that moths are born scholars. "First, let us assume the source of light is at infinity..."

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Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

The headlines I've seen so far have been quite clever, I thought. At least they rhyme and have the correct meter.

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Re: Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

That's a bit starry-eyed, innit? Must be a really good date you've got yourself.

Or are you holding a candle for the moth?

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Re: Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

Yes.

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Anonymous Coward

Can you catch the moth with a skynet?

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Unhappy

Roses are red, violets are blue

Fetch me a coughin, I've got the man flu.

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Roses are red, today is a fun day,

They''ll hit 100% success in a moth of Sundays

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Cannot compare

I'm failing to see how these statements are comparable:

"can apparently discern handwritten digits with 75 per cent to 85 per cent accuracy, given 15 to 20 training samples of each number."

vs

" That's not bad considering it takes thousands of training examples for more traditional neural networks to achieve 99 per cent accuracy."

To make a fair comparison, I'd need to see what the moth-model does after thousands of examples. Also, what does the traditional NN do after 15 to 20 training samples?

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Re: Cannot compare

I was wondering the same

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Roses are....tired and hacked to death as a romantic metaphor.

Value as a tool in actual romance : -20

You really want IT people to sink lower in the eligible batchelor stakes.

After usage #2, tired and hacked out full-stop.

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Roses are blue, violets are red. Today moth brains smell numbers instead.

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Obligatory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/1351/

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Obligatory Simpsons Reference

That tobacco hawk moth caterpillar in the picture seems to be on a tomato - but given its love of nicotene-bearing plants, could it be a tomacco?

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Re: Obligatory Simpsons Reference

Tomacco was _exactly_ my first thought. Glad I'm not the only one.

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Thanks Reg!

Yay! It's Sucks To Be Single Day! I'd almost forgotten till I saw all the "X is red, Y is blue" headlines.

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Re: Thanks Reg!

Sucks To Be Single Day

Really; I amuse my self to no end giving frantic co-workers all sorts of useless/dangerous advise when the realise that they have forgotten the most important day since Christmas, new year, mothers day etc...

The look of terror, fear & horror in their little faces is a joy to behold and brings a smile to my cold dead heart :)

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Interesting research...

So when will we have a moth running for political office?

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Re: Interesting research...

Never. Moths have far to much sense.

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Re: Interesting research...

Indeed, this proves that they can recognize the writing on the wall.

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Unhappy

Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

All I found in my letterbox this morning was a fictitious bill from a scammer.

So...

Yes.

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Intriguing

Caught like a moth in a flame I've been reading up as much as possible about deep learning etc and this is the first non-beehive approach I've seen. Most stuff seems to be like a beehive - honeycomb layers connected together one after the other. If people find connecting things in different ways they may well breakdown seemingly difficult barriers with ease!

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So they can sniff out a phone number?

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Is Artificial Intelligence metamorphing into Artificial Insects? Might be impossible to get the bugs out.

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"rewarding it when it recognized the numbers correctly"

How? It's not like the NN is going to enjoy a good drink of nectar..

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