Electronic Chip Combines Optics, Imaging, And AI

Researchers have developed artificial intelligence technology that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning, and memory in one electronic chip, powered by light. The prototype shrinks artificial intelligence technology by imitating the way that the human brain processes visual information.

The nanoscale advance combines the core software needed to drive artificial intelligence with image-capturing hardware in a single electronic chip (device). With further development, the light-driven prototype could enable smarter and smaller autonomous technologies like drones and robotics, plus smart wearables and bionic implants like artificial retinas.

The technology radically boosts efficiency and accuracy by bringing multiple components and functionalities into a single platform. It’s getting us closer to an all-in-one AI device inspired by nature’s greatest computing innovation – the human brain. The researchers aim to replicate a core feature of how the brain learns, through imprinting vision as memory. The prototype – electronic chip – they’ve developed is a major leap forward towards neurorobotics, better technologies for human-machine interaction, and scalable bionic systems.

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