Aug 9, 2019
Andy and Dave discuss the Digital Modernization Strategy that the US Department of Defense released on 12 July 2019. Todd Austin at the University of Michigan presents research at a conference on Morpheus, a project to create a chip that randomizes elements of its code, in an attempt to slow would-be hackers. Also in chip-related news, Intel introduces Pohoiki Beach, a new 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system with 64 Loihi research chips, with expectations that they will produce a system capable of simulation 100 million neurons by the end of 2019. Baylor College of Medicine in collaboration with the University of California and Second Sight Medical Products announce Project Orion, an implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve. And the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command and PEO C4I announce the AI Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity (AI ATAC), a contest for using AI/ML to bolster network security operations. Research from University of Wisconsin, Madison, demonstrates that optical waves passing through a nanophotonic medium can perform artificial neural computing – here, that a sheet of glass can identify numbers by “looking,” or in this case, by making use of bubbles and other impurities in the glass to function as a neural processor. Research from Stanford creates a convolutional neural network that can play Go without game tree search, more mimicking a human-level understanding and approach.
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