What Does CNN Mean?

CNN means "Cable News Network" and "Convolutional Neural Networks." Here is more information about each of these definitions of CNN.

Cable News Network

CNN is widely recognized as the initials of "Cable News Network," an influential American news channel headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Launched in 1980 by media proprietor Ted Turner, CNN was the first 24-hour all-news network. Its continuous news coverage, often from live locations, set a new standard for news reporting.

CNN has played a significant role in shaping global news coverage, offering various programs, analyses, and debates. Its international counterpart, CNN International, extends its reach worldwide.

Over the years, CNN has faced both praise and criticism for its editorial decisions, but it remains a prominent and respected source of news and information.

Convolutional Neural Networks

When referring to artificial intelligence (AI), CNN means "Convolutional Neural Network." In this context, CNNs are a specific type of Deep Neural Network (DNN) used for image recognition.

CNNs work through a series of steps:
  • Convolutional Layers: Apply filters to detect features like edges in the image.
  • Activation Function: Adds complexity to recognize patterns.
  • Pooling Layers: Reduce the image size but keep essential details.
  • Fully Connected Layers: Link all pieces of information together.
  • Output Layer: Provides the final answer, like identifying an object in the image.
CNNs help computers see and understand pictures by processing them through these layers.

Check out our comprehensive glossary of AI terms.

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meaning of CNN

"Cable News Network"

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Cable News Network" is the most common definition for CNN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Cable News Network
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Convolutional Neural Networks" is another definition for CNN.
Definition:Convolutional Neural Networks
Guessability:guessability level 5

5: Extremely difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

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