MAR 26, 2018 9:30 AM PDT

What Is Fuzzy Logic?

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

Fuzzy logic looks beyond traditional logic and the binary duality of true and false, or one and zero. Within fuzzy logic, something can be partially true; it recognizes a spectrum and gradient of possibilities.

Fuzzy logic controllers, or control systems based on fuzzy logic, can be utilized in and applied to an almost "endless" variety of appliances, tasks and situations. For example, as the video explains, an auto-braking system can use fuzzy logic to decide how quickly to slow down in relation to a nearby vehicle. Instead of recording one car in front of another as either close of far - situations calling for extreme responses of zero breaking or hard breaking - it can note the more precise and nuanced location of the car and break with more sensitivity and precision.
About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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