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A new chip works like the human brain

Researchers at the RMIT University in Melbourne have developed a chip that imitates the basic functions of the human brain. The scientists regard it as a milestone on the road to true artificial intelligence.

04 Aug. 2019
Photo: Deutsche Messe

According to reports from Melbourne , the chip is made from an extremely thin material, the electrical resistance of which changes according to the wavelength of the light that hits it. The chip therefore imitates the function of neurons in the brain as they save and delete data. The chip is to be used as the basis for creating a bionic brain that learns from its environment – just like human beings do. In its current state, however, the development is not yet suitable for technical application.

Artificial intelligence is inseparable from the idea of Industry 4.0: machine learning, predictive maintenance, digital twins and other technologies that are part of this complex are based on processes of artificial intelligence. In recruitment and logistics, too, artificial intelligence has made inroads in recent years. Direct comparability with human intelligence has not been achieved yet, however, except in the area of solving very specific tasks – such as playing Go.