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Radio Free HPC: Musk and Computer-Brain Interfaces; Oracle Adds Arm Servers to its HPC Cloud

This week Jessi, Henry, and Dan discuss computer-brain interfaces and how Elon Musk’s Neuralink has recently done this with a pig. Surprisingly, we have some concerns about this, primarily security and control… Our next topic is how Oracle is adding a bunch of new hardware to their HPC cloud, including Arm powered servers, Nvidia Ampere GPUs, and a new processor also called Ampere. The new gear is plenty sporty, listen to the pod to hear our discussion and evaluation.

China Develops Darwin Neuromorphic Chip

Researchers from Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Dianzi University in China have developed the Darwin Neural Processing Unit (NPU), a neuromorphic hardware co-processor based on Spiking Neural Networks, fabricated by standard CMOS technology. “Its potential applications include intelligent hardware systems, robotics, brain-computer interfaces, and others. Since it uses spikes for information processing and transmission, similar to biological neural networks, it may be suitable for analysis and processing of biological spiking neural signals, and building brain-computer interface systems by interfacing with animal or human brains.”