What: A group of Chinese researchers has created a chip that combines conventional computing architecture with that inspired by the human brain, according to research published this week in Nature. The team claims that the development is a step towards artificial general intelligence (AGI), or the ability of a machine to approximate human intelligence.
Capabilities: Dubbed Tianjic, the chip was developed by Shi Luping of Tsinghua University, along with a team of researchers largely based in China. By simultaneously processing algorithms on the dual architectures, the chip has been demonstrated to enable a self-driving bicycle to balance itself, avoid obstacles, track objects, and react to voice commands, the authors said.
Time to unify: The researchers claim that the separation of a computer science-based approach and a neuroscience-based approach to AI is “retarding the development of AGI.”
Ambitions: China has laid out ambitious goals for its AI development, aiming to be a world leader in the technology by 2030. However, the country is largely dependent on foreign-made chips to provide the computing power for its intelligent platforms.
– Chris Udemans