The Intel Loihi Research Test Chip

The Intel Loihi research test chip

Intel appears to be working on many advances behind closed doors. First, they announce a huge partnership to bring their technology to the Olympic Games. Now, they have announced that they are working on an experimental ‘self-learning’ chip that will make robots smarter. Intel named their chip, “The Intel Loihi research test chip”. This is a neuromorphic chip that closely resembles the brain. 

Their experimental chip is designed to learn the same way as the human brain. At the moment, this chip is just a prototype, but Intel plans to work with universities and researchers to develop further. Currently, the only way for robots and artificial intelligence to learn is by providing it with data. This chip will allow AI to know to learn and analyze data on its own without the same training required as most AI systems currently do.

The chip is equipped with digital circuits that “mimic the brain’s basic mechanics, making machine learning faster and more efficient while requiring lower compute power,” Michael Mayberry, managing director of Intel labs, wrote. “This could help computers self-organize and make decisions based on patterns and associations.”

The Intel Loihi Research Test Chip

All this talk about self-learning chips and robots makes me a little questionable. Intel is not the only tech company to create chips for AI, but the first to implement a self-learning chip that works in whatever machine it’s placed. It just really gets you thinking. Do we want or need robots to learn the same way humans do? Because humans don’t necessarily learn things correctly.

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