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Apr 20, 2024

Intel unveils world’s largest human brain-like computer for faster AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Intel says its new brain-like computer is significantly fast, energy-efficient and it has the potential to revolutionize future AI tools.

Apr 20, 2024

The Trailer for the World’s First Fully AI-Generated Film is Here

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mobile phones, robotics/AI

The world’s first fully AI-generated movie has been announced with the trailer for Next Stop Paris predictably containing one too many fingers.

TCLtv+ Studios is a brand new production team and its first release will be a short AI-generated romcom featuring professional voice actors and an original script but the imagery will be generated with AI tools.

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Apr 20, 2024

Physicists Suggest Universe Is Full of Material Moving Faster Than Light

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Dark matter may in fact be made up of light-barrier breaking particles called tachyons, the researchers posit.

Apr 20, 2024

Causal machine learning for predicting treatment outcomes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Causal machine learning methods could be used to predict treatment outcomes for subgroups and even individual patients; this Perspective outlines the potential benefits and limitations of the approach, offering practical guidance for appropriate clinical use.

Apr 20, 2024

Optimizing embedded edge AI with neuromorphic computing

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Here’s what the recent measurements suggest — and why it’s too soon to update models of the Universe’s distant future.

Apr 20, 2024

Intel’s Hala Point, the world’s largest neuromorphic computer, has 1.15 billion neurons

Posted by in categories: computing, physics

Three years after introducing its second-generation “neuromorphic” computer chip, Intel on Wednesday announced the company has assembled 1,152 of the parts into a single, parallel-processing system called Hala Point, in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories.

The Hala Point system’s 1,152 Loihi 2 chips enable a total of 1.15 billion artificial neurons, Intel said, “and 128 billion synapses distributed over 140,544 neuromorphic processing cores.” That is an increase from the previous Intel multi-chip Loihi system, debuted in 2020, called Pohoiki Springs, which used just 768 Loihi 1 chips.

Sandia Labs intends to use the system for what it calls “brain-scale computing research,” to solve problems in areas of device physics, computer architecture, computer science, and informatics.

Apr 20, 2024

Making AI more energy efficient with neuromorphic computing

Posted by in categories: biological, information science, mobile phones, robotics/AI

CWI senior researcher Sander Bohté started working on neuromorphic computing already in 1998 as a PhD-student, when the subject was barely on the map. In recent years, Bohté and his CWI-colleagues have realized a number of algorithmic breakthroughs in spiking neural networks (SNNs) that make neuromorphic computing finally practical: in theory many AI-applications can become a factor of a hundred to a thousand more energy-efficient. This means that it will be possible to put much more AI into chips, allowing applications to run on a smartwatch or a smartphone. Examples are speech recognition, gesture recognition and the classification of electrocardiograms (ECG).

“I am really grateful that CWI, and former group leader Han La Poutré in particular, gave me the opportunity to follow my interest, even though at the end of the 1990s neural networks and neuromorphic computing were quite unpopular”, says Bohté. “It was high-risk work for the long haul that is now bearing fruit.”

Spiking neural networks (SNNs) more closely resemble the biology of the brain. They process pulses instead of the continuous signals in classical neural networks. Unfortunately, that also makes them mathematically much more difficult to handle. For many years SNNs were therefore very limited in the number of neurons they could handle. But thanks to clever algorithmic solutions Bohté and his colleagues have managed to scale up the number of trainable spiking neurons first to thousands in 2021, and then to tens of millions in 2023.

Apr 20, 2024

Could JWST Solve One of Cosmology’s Greatest Mysteries?

Posted by in category: cosmology

The telescope’s studies could help end a long-standing disagreement over the rate of cosmic expansion. But scientists say more measurements are needed.

By Davide Castelvecchi & Nature magazine.

Apr 20, 2024

NASA Veteran’s Propellantless Propulsion Drive That Physics Says Shouldn’t Work Just Produced Enough Thrust to Overcome Earth’s Gravity

Posted by in category: physics

A veteran NASA scientist says his company has tested a propellantless propulsion drive technology that produced one Earth gravity of thrust.

Apr 19, 2024

Bostrom’s Deep Utopia

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Robin Hanson comments on Nick Bostrom’s new tome … has a great cover with a number of interesting questions and a subtitle that hints that it might address the meaning of life in a future where AI and robots can do everything. But alas, after much build up and anticipation, he leaves that question unanswered, with an abrupt oops, out of time on page 427. … He tries to address meaty topics like, what keeps life interesting? What is our purpose and meaning when the struggle is gone? Can fulfillment get full? But in each case, the pedagogy is more of a survey of all possible answers versus the much more difficult task of making specific predictions. (More)

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