World’s Smallest Brain-Inspired Computer– So Small That It Can Harvest Its Energy Itself

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The energy intake of the gadget will be so little that it can gather its energy itself, straight from its environments. The job has actually gotten financing from the Villum Experiment program.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has actually seen explosive development in the last few years, however in spite of significant development, the power needed to run AI algorithms continues to increase.

In plain contrast to this, the human brain just needs around 20 W to carry out more than 10 quadrillions (10,000,000,000,000,000) operations. This is 12 orders of magnitude much better than modern-day supercomputer innovations.

“That’s why we’re conducting intensive research into developing new hardware that mimics the structure of the human brain, with neurons, synapses, and neural networks, known as brain-inspired computing (BICs). But even though we’ve managed to drastically reduce the energy consumption of AI algorithms, there’s still a long way to go before BICs are as efficient as the human brain when it comes to size and energy efficiency,” states Hooman Farkhani, an assistant teacher at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aarhus University

He has actually simply gotten a grant of DKK 1.9 million from the Villum Experiment program for a brand-new job checking out the advancement of a nano-sized BIC system.

“If we succeed, we’ll have the first BIC system that is no larger than a grain of dust and with energy consumption that is so small that energy can be harvested directly from the surrounding environment. In other words, no power supply will be needed, and this will pave the way for a range of new, previously impossible AI applications,” states Hooman Farkhani.

The job passes the name of Spin-Grain, and is one out of 51 tasks that have actually simply gotten grants amounting to roughly DKK 99 million from the Villum Experiment program under the Villum Foundation.

The program contributes cash for “bold research experiments” and commemorates Villum Kann Rasmussen, the creator of the Villum Foundation, and his steadfast speculative technique to life.

The scientists behind the 51 experiments vary from PhD trainees to teachers and represent a vast array of various citizenships. In addition to Aarhus University, grants have actually been granted to Aalborg University, the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Southern Denmark, the IT University, Roskilde University and GEUS.

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