AI breakthrough allows machines to learn at speed of light

By Kayleigh Shooter
A recent breakthrough in artificial intelligence can allow for machines to learn at the “speed of light” what does this mean for the industry...

 A recent breakthrough in artificial intelligence research has led scientists to believe that light can be used to power machine operations as opposed to electricity. This technology breakthrough will mean that operations can run smoother and quicker and improve the efficiency of machine learning neural networks 

Current machine learning processes only allow for complex operations by the power required to process the data. The more intelligent the task, the more complex the data, and therefore the greater the power demands.The recent development will allow for this data to be processed quicker and with ease.

To overcome these limitations, researchers have found that using photons within the network could help create more powerful yet energy efficient artificial intelligence. The photons in the network are able to perform between 2 to 3 orders of magnitude higher than an electric TPU.

Potential applications include 5G and 6G networks in addition to data centres which process large quantities of data.

What do you think about this AI technology breakthrough?

What is machine learning?:

Simply put, machine learning is the study of computer algorithms that aim to improve themselves through experience. 

Machine learning powers some of the tools that we use day to day that we may not even know about, for example Netflix uses machine learning, in addition to Twitter, Spotify and Google. Less shockingly, Siri and Alexa both utilise machine learning. 

Each platform collects as much data about you as they can for example, what genres you like to listen to/watch, what links you click and even which statuses you interact with and react to most.

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and also mimic human actions. Artificial intelligence technology has many applications, the uses of it are endless. Such as self driving cars and even computers that play games like chess. 

Artificial intelligence is also used in banking to help detect fraud and flag unusual activity. 

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