It challenges the limits of the brain and intelligence

By Chanak Maduranga

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It challenges the limits of the brain and intelligence
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Artificial intelligence is achieving things that, if we had been told about them ten years ago, we would never have believed. One of them was passing the Turing test, but the latest is even more incredible. This is the first “thinking light” mankind has ever known, challenging everything we know about our brains and proving that, even if we don’t like to admit it, we still have a long way to evolve: you can’t imagine what it is capable of doing.

Experts have created the first-ever “thinking light”: It has changed what we know about intelligence

What has happened recently for the first time at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) has experts on edge. A team of scientists have created artificial intelligence from light. This invention dubbed as a “neural network made of light” has the capability of changing how artificial intelligent and other related fields work.

A neural network made of light uses the aspect of the fibers, which are synaptic paths made of glass or plastic, that supports the transmission of light signals. In this system, the fibers are meant to make connections with each other, just as nodes are connected in a conventional neural network.

Every node is intended to handle and transfer the light signal and to enable learning from novel knowledge within the network. The essence of the venture is the employment of optical fibers to put together the system. While ordinary neural networks employ electric signals, this system transfers the signals in light.

Some keys to understand the first light neural network: Can we think just using light?

The efficiency of the neural network made of light has been great, and the researchers have made major breakthroughs concerning speed and accuracy. For example, the system has provided a report on the data rates of up to 100 gigabits per second on a single chip, surpassing conventional electronic neural networks.

From a more technical aspect, in reference to the accuracy, the system has performed tremendously well especially in issues such as image recognition, pattern recognition among others. In one specific experiment out, the artificial neural network composed of light reached the standard accuracy of 95% in the recognition of images.

Let us complete the information presented above by outlining the perspectives for utilizing the described neural network made of light. Given its speed and accuracy, this technology could be used in a wide range of fields, including

  • High-Speed Data Processing: The neural network made of light could process a large amount of data at a short time, the solution could be applied to data centers or high-performance computers.
  • Biomedical Imaging: Potentially, the system can be used to enhance the methods of creating visual representations of a patient’s body, such as MRI and CT scanning.
  • Autonomous Vehicles: The light-based neural network allows for the formation of a vehicle visual system that eclipses anything available for sale today, interesting autonomous cars in the process.

How was this artificial intelligence made from light developed? These experts have achieved the impossible

The construction of the neural network, made of light, was made possible due to the creativity of researchers at Leibniz IPHT. It was initiated a few years ago by a few scientists and engineers who started putting their efforts into developing the system. Despite these improvements, the journey was not without its challenges.

There were significant technological challenges faced by the team in the transmission system designing, such as the fabrication of new optical fibers and the establishment of unique light signal processing and transmission systems. However, thanks to the ideal image of the new technology in front of the team, they continued to work notwithstanding all these difficulties.

Don’t you find this “thinking light” amazing? Artificial intelligence and, more specifically, this light neural network, put human intelligence to the fore (although it was human intelligence that conceived them). Maybe we are not so far away from being afraid of robots, something that even Elon Musk has talked about on some occasions, causing a real panic all over America and most of the world (we will explain the latter very soon).

Chanak Maduranga

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