China uses supercomputer to create artificial intelligence comparable to the human brain

(ORDO NEWS) — Computer scientists in China claim to have launched an artificial intelligence program that uses an architecture as complex as the human brain.

The researchers described it as a “brain-scale” artificial intelligence model that could have applications ranging from self-driving cars and computer vision to chemistry and other scientific discoveries.

An artificial intelligence model dubbed “bagualu” or “alchemist’s pot” was launched on the latest generation of the Sunway supercomputer located at the National Supercomputing Center in eastern Jiangsu province.

The Sunway TaihuLight is officially the world’s fourth most powerful supercomputer, but researchers say the latest demonstration puts it on par with America’s Frontier, which currently tops the list.

Between 2016 and 2018, Sunway was ranked as the world’s most powerful computer in the Top500 supercomputer list, but Chinese institutions no longer provide performance data to the list. China still has 173 Top500 supercomputers, more than any other country.

The South China Morning Post reported that the Bagualu program worked with 174 trillion parameters, rivaling, by some estimates, the number of synapses in the human brain.

The publication said the Sunway supercomputer has more than 37 million processor cores, four times the size of the US Frontier coupecomputer. It also has nine petabytes of storage, equivalent to over 2 million HD movies.

One of the researchers said that its power gives the latest version of Sunway the ability to perform parallel computing that mimics human thinking.

I wonder if this supercomputer starts to think like a person, China will tell the whole world about it?


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