Smarter Artificial Intelligence Technology in a New Light-Powered Chip

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A graphic illustration demonstrating how the innovation integrates the core software application required to drive AI with image-capturing hardware, in a single electronic gadget. Credit: RMIT University

Prototype tech diminishes AI to provide brain-like performance in one effective gadget.

Researchers have actually established expert system innovation that unites imaging, processing, artificial intelligence, and memory in one electronic chip, powered by light.

The model diminishes expert system innovation by mimicing the manner in which the human brain procedures visual details. The nanoscale advance integrates the core software application required to drive expert system with image-capturing hardware in a single electronic gadget.

With additional advancement, the light-driven model might make it possible for smarter and smaller sized self-governing innovations like drones and robotics, plus wise wearables and bionic implants like synthetic retinas.

The research study, from a global group of Australian, American and Chinese scientists led by RMIT University, is released in the journal Advanced Materials.

Lead scientist Associate Professor Sumeet Walia, from RMIT, stated the model provided brain-like performance in one effective gadget.

Light-Powered AI Chip

The light-powered AI chip – model innovation that unites imaging, processing, artificial intelligence and memory. Credit: RMIT University

“Our brand-new innovation drastically improves performance and precision by bringing numerous elements and performances into a single platform,” Walia stated.

“It’s getting us closer to an all-in-one AI gadget motivated by nature’s biggest computing development – the human brain.

“Our aim is to replicate a core feature of how the brain learns, through imprinting vision as memory. The prototype we’ve developed is a major leap forward towards neurorobotics, better technologies for human-machine interaction, and scalable bionic systems.”

Total bundle: advancing AI

Typically expert system relies greatly on software application and off-site information processing. The brand-new model intends to incorporate electronic hardware and intelligence together, for quick on-site choices.

“Imagine a dash cam in a car that’s integrated with our neuro-inspired hardware – this means it can recognize lights, signs, objects and make instant decisions, without having to connect to the internet,” Walia, who co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT, stated.

“By bringing it all together into one chip, we can deliver unprecedented levels of efficiency and speed in autonomous and AI-driven decision-making.”

Sumeet Walia and Taimur Ahmed

Associate Professor Sumeet Walia and Dr Taimur Ahmed, RMIT University. Credit: RMIT University

The innovation develops on an earlier model chip from the RMIT group, which utilized light to develop and customize memories.

New integrated functions suggest the chip can now record and instantly boost images, categorize numbers, and be trained to acknowledge patterns and images with a precision rate of over 90%.

The gadget is likewise easily suitable with existing electronic devices and silicon innovations, for uncomplicated future combination. 

Seeing the light: how the tech works

The model is motivated by optogenetics, an emerging tool in biotechnology that enables researchers to look into the body’s electrical system with terrific accuracy and usage light to control nerve cells.

The AI chip is based upon an ultra-thin product – black phosphorous – that modifications electrical resistance in action to various wavelengths of light. The various performances such as imaging or memory storage are accomplished by shining various colors of light on the chip.

Study lead author Dr. Taimur Ahmed, from RMIT, stated light-based computing was quicker, more precise, and needed far less energy than existing innovations.

“By packing so much core functionality into one compact nanoscale device, we can broaden the horizons for machine learning and AI to be integrated into smaller applications,” Ahmed stated.

“Using our chip with synthetic retinas, for instance, would make it possible for researchers to miniaturize that emerging innovation and enhance precision of the bionic eye.

“Our prototype is a significant advance towards the ultimate in electronics: a brain-on-a-chip that can learn from its environment just like we do.”

This work was carried out in part at the Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) at RMIT, with assistance from the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (RMMF), National Computational Infrastructure Australia (NCI), Multimodal Australian Sciences Imaging and Visualisation Environment (ENORMOUS) and Pawsey Supercomputing Facility.

Reference: “Fully Light‐Controlled Memory and Neuromorphic Computation in Layered Black Phosphorus” by Taimur Ahmed, Muhammad Tahir, Mei Xian Low, Yanyun Ren, Sherif Abdulkader Tawfik, Edwin L. H. Mayes, Sruthi Kuriakose, Shahid Nawaz, Michelle J. S. Spencer, Hua Chen, Madhu Bhaskaran, Sharath Sriram and Sumeet Walia, 17 November 2020, Advanced Materials.
DOI: 10.1002/adma.202004207



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