Google had it’s annual IO shindig. For the many EV readers not in the tech industry, it’s become a habit of the tech supergiants (like Apple, Facebook and Google) to hold annual events where they parade their wares to all and sundry. They are weirdly reminiscent of the martial parades of the former Soviet Union.
At IO, AI-enriched products were centre stage. Most fascinating: Google is getting into the custom silicon business. It showed off TPU (or tensor processing unit), a chip dedicated to certain classes of machine learning problems with ‘an order of magnitude power/energy consumption improvement.’)
I’m not a huge believer in whole brain emulation as a path to artificial general intelligence. And yes, I think the Human Brain Project is possibly a misguided endeavour. (Willing to be persuaded!)