NTT and the University of Tokyo Develop World’s First Optical Computing AI Using an Algorithm Inspired by the Human Brain

NTT Corporation (President and CEO: Akira Shimada, “NTT”) and the University of Tokyo (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, President: Teruo Fujii) have devised a new learning algorithm inspired by the information processing of the brain that is suitable for multi-layered artificial neural networks (DNN) using analog operations. This breakthrough will lead to a reduction in power consumption and computation time for AI.

Lightmatter Introduces Optical Processor to Speed Compute for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence

Lightmatter, a leader in silicon photonics processors, announced its artificial intelligence (AI) photonic processor, a general-purpose AI inference accelerator that uses light to compute and transport data. Using light to calculate and communicate within the chip reduces heat—leading to orders of magnitude reduction in energy consumption per chip and dramatic improvements in processor speed.