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Almost seven years ago, we learned that DARPA was investing millions of dollars in neuromorphic chips. That’s a fancy term for a computer chip that mimics a biological cortex—a brain chip. Today, researchers are getting closer. And of course, they’re putting those brain chips in drones.

Responding to DARPA’s challenge, HRL Laboratories’ Center for Neural and Emergent Systems just tested a tiny drone with a prototype neuromorphic chip. The drone packs 576 silicon neurons that communicate through spikes in electricity and respond to data from optical, ultrasound, and infrared sensors. And thanks to that brain-like chip, the little robot doesn’t necessarily need a human to tell it what to do. It can learn and act on its own.

Written by Adam Clark Estes
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