Electronic Chip Combines Optics, Imaging, And AI

Researchers have developed artificial intelligence technology that combines imaging, processing, machine learning, and memory in a single light-powered electronic chip. The prototype reduces the size of artificial intelligence technology by mimicking how the human brain processes visual information.

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

By combining multiple components and functionalities into a single platform, the technology significantly improves efficiency and accuracy. It brings us closer to an all-in-one AI device inspired by nature’s greatest computing innovation, the human brain. The researchers hope to replicate a key aspect of how the brain learns by imprinting vision as memory. The prototype – an electronic chip – they’ve created represents a significant step forward in neurorobotics, better technologies for human-machine interaction, and scalable bionic systems.

The new prototype aims to combine electronic hardware and intelligence for quick on-site decisions.

The technology expands on the team’s previous prototype chip, which used light to create and modify memories. The device is also easily compatible with existing electronics and silicon technologies, making future integration a breeze.

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