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A recent advance that largely flew under Wall Street's radar says a lot about why artificial intelligence (AI) is set to have a $15.7 trillion impact on the global economy.
Known as "neuromorphic computing," the cutting-edge method gets closer to simulating the way human brains work.
The system could redefine high-performance computing because it operates at lightning speeds and barely sips energy.
Right now, fast and robust graphics processors are the main power behind AI.
That's set to change because the new chips work especially well for AI-powered neural networks used in speech and pattern recognition, and computer vision.
In fact, Gartner says neuromorphic chips upon which the platform is based, are set to have a huge impact. They could become the predominant computing for AI by 2025.
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Now then, I believe giving computers and mobile devices better and more human-like insights is an unstoppable trend.
And I'm not the only one who thinks so. A recent study by Accenture found that AI could boost productivity by 40% by 2035.
Even better, the study found that in 12 advanced economies with combined GDPs of roughly $61 trillion, AI can double economic growth over the period.
For most investors, AI sounds a bit vague. So, let me take a moment to boil it all down for you.
AI basically falls into two main categories – narrow and general. In its narrow form, an AI platform learns a specific task. Think of self-driving cars and virtual assistants like Siri from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).
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As you might imagine, general AI is more robust. It's a flexible form of intelligence and can be applied to solve any problem.
General AI works by using a mix of machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, and natural language processing.
For today's chat, I want to focus on neural networks because this aspect of AI will benefit greatly from the next-gen chip breakthrough we've been talking about.
Simply stated, they are made up of interconnected layers of computing units (neurons) that feed data into each other. They are designed to simulate the way our brains process information and are applied to tasks too complex for humans to perform.
Just take a look at Agrobot. The privately held firm is using an AI-powered autonomous harvester to pick strawberries. Agrobot employs a 3D camera to help it pick the ripest fruit without damaging it, something humans find very difficult to achieve for hours on end.
Then there's 12 Sigma Technologies. It's developing an AI system to aid with diagnosing lung cancer, a deadly form of the disease with a five-year survival rate of just 17%.
Lung cancer is so fatal because doctors can only see larger nodules growing on the lungs. But 12 Sigma is learning to sift through hundreds of images from CAT scans to develop an early warning system.
Now you know why the recent announcement from about its AI breakthrough is so important.
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