‘Smaller than a credit card’: Tiny supercomputer could mean self-flying drones

One day, smartphones could seem pretty dumb. A new tiny computer module called the Jetson TX1, capable of a trillion floating-point operations per second, promises to revolutionize artificial intelligence in a variety of technologies – including drones. The technology company Nvidia foresees “drones that don’t just fly by remote control, but navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue” as just one example of the “new wave” of smart devices their latest innovation will make possible. Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 module system will process software built to act like a human brain, observing, identifying and making sense of environments or networks of information. With 1 teraflop of power, it measures up to the world’s fastest supercomputer from 15 years ago, and is nearly three times faster and more comprehensive…


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