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ChatGPT and subsequent artificial intelligence (AI) programs have been in the headlines recently. Not as common is the discussion of the cost associated with developing and operating such AI tools or if such AI is right for every job.

It is estimated that ChatGPT can cost millions of dollars per day to operate. Given the potentially large price tag, consumers may ask how users can harness the benefit of AI without the high operating cost and what the best technology is in applications where precise decision-making and outcomes are desired. Some believe that the answer to both of these questions is neuromorphic computing.

What Is Neuromorphic Computing?

Neuromorphic computing is designed to mimic the human brain, operating in a manner that allows the technology to solve problems in ways our brains would. The chips that power neuromorphic computing are specially designed with the same structure as our brain’s neurons and synapses, allowing it to make decisions and judgments in a way that typical computer systems or algorithms cannot.

Neuromorphic computing is intended to be more efficient, powerful, and cost-effective than other AI technologies. Although still in development and not widely deployed, it is being evaluated in various settings, including cloud computing, robotics, and autonomous vehicle technology.

The End of the Algorithm in AI?

Rather than processing all the data to follow an algorithm to an answer, the goal of neuromorphic computing is to decipher the necessary information to determine the correct solution. Leveraging this would allow companies and consumers to implement technology into everyday life wherever a human touch is required—rather than utilizing answers based solely on an algorithm.

AI is effective at providing large amounts of computing power, responding to queries that may take a human or even a standard computer a long time to answer. Neuromorphic computing, on the other hand, takes a more active approach, giving the correct response or action to a scenario.

Key Takeaway

As technology and society integrate on a deeper level, there will be an increased demand on our computers and technology to interact with us as a human would with speech, movement, and reason. Neuromorphic computing’s deployment is no easy feat, and we will be on the lookout for how companies bring humanity into future computers and technologies.