World’s largest neuromorphic computer made by Intel mimics the human brain

Will it eventually gain sentience?
  • This technology can help develop AI sustainably
  • The supercomputer is more power efficient than conventional computing systems
  • Consumes 2,600 watts of power – comparable to a household appliance

Published on Apr 23, 2024 at 12:12PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 24, 2024 at 2:49PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood
neuromorphic computer that mimics the human brain

Intel has launched the world’s largest neuromorphic computer that mimics the human brain.

It seems that the time when a computer is the equivalent of a human brain might not be that far away.

No need to panic though, as the neuromorphic computer, dubbed ‘Hala Point,’ only mimics the human brain in processing information.

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According to the company, this breakthrough can support future artificial intelligence (AI) research.

The neuromorphic computer processes information 50 times faster and uses 100 times less energy than traditional computing systems.

The Hala Point supercomputer is comparable to the human brain’s processing power.

However, it’s not the only supercomputer that can do such a thing.

A similar device that can simulate the entire function of a human brain, named ‘DeepSouth’, is scheduled to launch in April this year.

According to the press release, through this neuromorphic computer, Intel aims to make the use of AI more sustainable.

Mike Davies, director of the Neuromorphic Computing Lab at Intel Labs, said: “The computing cost of today’s AI models is rising at unsustainable rates.

“The industry needs fundamentally new approaches capable of scaling.

“For that reason, we developed Hala Point, which combines deep learning efficiency with novel brain-inspired learning and optimization capabilities.

“We hope that research with Hala Point will advance the efficiency and adaptability of large-scale AI technology.”

The operating costs of modern AI systems like ChatGPT are quite high due to the required electricity and computing power.

However, the Hala Point neuromorphic computer can complete complex AI tasks while consuming significantly less electricity.

It only consumes a maximum of 2,600 watts of power – comparable to a household appliance.

Intel also plans to push the boundaries of human brain-inspired AI from research to industry-leading commercial products over the coming years.

So we might see an AI service like ChatGPT from Intel in the next couple of years.

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