Intel Loihi Chip Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

By: | October 31st, 2017

Intel Loihi

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By harnessing artificial intelligence (AI), scientists have already made breakthroughs in designing machines that are nearly as intelligent and creative as humans.

Now, taking inspiration from the human brain, the chip giant Intel’s research lab has unveiled an experimental “neuromorphic” chip named “Loihi.”

Loihi got smarter over time via learning experiences–just like a human brain

It includes digital circuits that mimic the brain’s basic mechanics. The chip offers faster and more efficient machine learning and requires almost 1,000 times less computing power. Loihi is capable of learning 1 million times faster than current chip designs.

Loihi could help computers self-organize and make pattern-based decisions

Apart from industrial automation and personal robotics, Intel Loihi test chips can be used for an array of AI-intensive applications.

Michael Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs, says, “I hope you will follow the exciting milestones coming from Intel Labs in the next few months as we bring concepts like neuromorphic computing to the mainstream in order to support the world’s economy for the next 50 years. In a future with neuromorphic computing, all of what you can imagine–and more–moves from possibility to reality, as the flow of intelligence and decision-making becomes more fluid and accelerated.”

Intel plans to begin working to develop this prototype chip further.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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