New computer chip could bring mobile artificial intelligence into your palm

Science-fiction writers once envisioned pocket devices that could make calls using voice and video, search immense databases, and also think. Smartphones made the first few goals reality and some recent apps can do low level thinking for you. Now, MIT researchers have come up with a computer chip that will be able to power a truly mobile AI. The term “neural networks” isn’t new to any fans of Star Trek or other science-fiction fare, but now it has also become reality. These networks are “large virtual networks of simple information-processing units, which are loosely modeled on the anatomy of the human brain,” according to Larry Hardesty of the MIT News Office. Neural networks are graphics processing units, or GPUs, as opposed to CPUs, which are the brains of computer motherboards.…


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