Nervous system of insects will be used to create robots with AI

(ORDO NEWS) — French research institute CEA-Leti said senior researcher Elisa Vianello has received 3 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop nanoscale electronic memory devices based on insect nervous systems.

The memory developed at CEA-Leti must be capable of in-memory computations, be non-volatile, and be able to extract important data from information noise.

The development will be based on the nervous system of the cricket. The scientists report that a long-term study of the nervous system of this insect has revealed a number of interesting features that could be useful when endowing robots with “intelligence”.

In particular, the sensory systems of crickets and certain parts of the nervous system of these insects have a kind of memory. The insect’s nervous system is able to work with this memory and make decisions based on the filtered data.

“My project is to take inspiration from the insect nervous system to loosen the hardware requirements for memory density and reliability and create the new nanosystems we need to train [AI] on a very limited amount of noisy data,” Vianello said.

“Our ERC-funded project will use these new nanoscale memory technologies to mimic the biological mechanisms seen in insects and create high-performance, energy-efficient silicon-based nanosystems.”


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