Self-Learning Intel Chip Mimics Human Brain.

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A self-learning, energy-efficient neuromorphic (brain-like) research chip named “Loihi”* mimics how the human brain functions. The chip, created by Intel Labs,  uses 130,000 “neurons” and 130 million “synapses” and learns based on feedback from its environment. For comparison, IBM’s TrueNorth neuromorphic chip currently has just 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses. A big plus is that the Intel chip automatically gets smarter over time. What’s it for? The chip can be used in any unstructured situation in which computers need to self-organize, recognize patterns and associations, and make decisions. Examples include autonomous devices such as automobiles and industrial  or robotics situations where continuous learning is required in unstructured environments. The neuromorphic talents of this new chip are inspired by the brain pulses and synapses that help our brain’s neurons communicate and learn. Loihi currently exists as a research test chip that learns at a rate that is a 1 million times improvement compared with other typical spiking neural nets. In the first half of 2018, Intel plans to share the Loihi test chip with leading university and research institutions with a focus on advancing artificial intelligence (AI.)