While we can create computers that behave like brains, conventional circuitry means they will never perform as quickly as the sophisticated human neural network.
But Princeton researchers may have just solved this future and paved the future for this big area of research - creating the world’s first Light-based Neural Network.
They’ve built this photonics neural network, which mimics the way that neutrons interact in the brain - except the “neurons” in this artificial brain are just super light waveguides cut into silicon substrates.
Calculations are worked out with the total power of light that’s fed into a laser, which completes the circuit by firing light back into the nodes.
What does all of this mean? At the moment, this machine can calculate a differential math equation a massive 1,960 ties faster than a standard processor.
For now, Princeton’s prototype is extremely simple - just 49 synthetic neutrons firing off, meaning its not ready for primetime or replacing the processor in your phone.
But you’d be silly to not realise just what huge implications this has for the future of artificial intelligence. Learning systems could be more human-like in terms of response times and accuracy, Google’s neural network will actually get images correct for once, and robots could pick up key skills faster than ever.
Real developments in this area are years away, but this is the first dot on the horizon for amazing artificial intelligence work - for better and for Skynet-related worse.
I get it. We’re all scared in the wake of the tragedy in Westminster last Wednesday. Khalid Masood’s actions in committing this atrocity are truly reprehensible. But digital communication is not at fault, and adding an Orwellian level of surveillance is not the answer.
Broadband problems? Under new Ofcom proposals, you will no longer have to “fight tooth and nail” for the “fair compensation” you are owed. If approved, Internet Service Providers will automatically have to pay customers for bad broadband, delayed repairs and missed engineer appointments.
A car that rises up to drive over traffic… Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it is I’m afraid. While the Hum Rider is a real car, it’s simply a marketing stunt for Verizon.
Sex toys have taken another step forward with the Flashlight Launch - a masturbation machine that takes all the manual arm work out of reaching climax.
Snapchat story clones are cropping up everywhere in Facebook-owned apps and it’s not necessary. Would you ever want to post the same story across four different platforms? Or course not.
What is the future of wearables? I went to The Wearable Technology Show and found out - writing for BBC Science Focus magazine.
Forget everything you knew about smart homes and the Legend of Zelda… One particular fan has managed to create a home automation system that is controlled by playing the Ocarina.
Following the instant success of Pokémon GO in summer 2016, rumours began that developer Niantic was working on another game – simply named Harry Potter GO. This is fake news, so please stop sharing it.
A team of researchers have done something incredible yet terrifying - using sound waves to hack a smartphone, using a method that could be used to theoretically control any technology with an accelerometer.
I get it - the headline sounds terrifying. But Switzerland’s EPFL has just invented a medical masterpiece that could help to reinvent robotic healthcare. These gelatinous machines could soon be crawling around your insides and performing operations.
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