[FRIAM] Run with a single bit?

Roger Frye frye.roger at gmail.com
Sun Jul 2 11:56:52 EDT 2017

It's the width of the channel.  They had been reducing the precision of the
floating point numbers being transmitted between nodes from 64 bits to 16
and then to 8 bit bytes.  Nothing to prevent you from reducing to a more
complicated network of on/off channels.

Reminds me of my early days in computing when I wanted to boot one computer
from another.  I keyed in a one-bit loader in the empty computer.  Then ran
a single wire from a console light on the live computer to an input switch
on the empty one and transmitted the code for a more flexible loader over
the wire.

On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 11:42 PM, Tom Johnson <tom at jtjohnson.com> wrote:

> Friam Friends:
> A recent article
> <http://mashable.com/2017/06/29/microsoft-puts-ai-on-a-raspberry-pi/#HKAb_h1pvaqc>
> passed along by George Duncan says:
> "Now, Varma's team in India and Microsoft researchers in Redmond,
> Washington, (the entire project is led by lead researcher Ofer Dekel) have
> figured out how to *compress neural networks, the synapses of Machine
> Learning, down from 32 bits to, sometimes, a single bit *and run them on
> a $10 Raspberry Pi
> <http://%20%28the%20entire%20project%20is%20led%20by%20ofer%20dekel%29/>,
> a low-powered, credit-card-sized computer with a handful of ports and no
> screen."
> How, or what, can you do with a "single bit."?
> TJ
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