Technology has certainly gotten faster and smarter, but the human brain remains the clear champ when it comes to raw performance. We’ve written before about attempts to simulate brain function electronically; now researchers at Boise State University have launched a project to build a new computing architecture that mimics the brain called “CIF: Small: Realizing Chip-scale Bio-inspired Spiking Neural Networks with Monolithically Integrated Nano-scale Memristors.” Continue reading
In March, Engineering on the Edge covered Lockheed Martin’s investment into the D-Wave quantum computer. At the time, although Lockheed Martin seemed impressed with the system, the verdict was still out on how much faster (if at all) D-Wave’s machine was compared to conventional computers.
Since then, an independent study has confirmed that the quantum computer is as fast, or faster, than other computers. Google and NASA were intrigued enough by the results to partner in order to start an artificial intelligence (AI) lab at NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
In a recent interview with Singularity Hub, inventor and new Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil dished on his latest pet project: a way to leverage Google’s resources to create intelligent computers that can understand human language on a “deep level.” Doing so would enable the company to create a type of artificial intelligence that would greatly improve search engines.
Robots can do a lot of things, but so far they still can’t “think” without a team of engineers doing some complex programming on the back end. But what if you were able to model that programming on an existing system — say, the brain of a living insect — and then upload all of those cognitive functions into a robot? Could the robot perform complex tasks intuitively without any programming? Continue reading
Google and other companies have ramped up their tests of autonomous vehicles over the past several years. While most of the major automotive OEMs are working on some sort of driverless system, Google has gotten the most attention because of its high-profile road tests. A political commercial in Florida, however, might indicate that getting states to allow these types of vehicles on the road could be a challenge.