Throughout the past few years, the use of fiber optic technology has becoming more widespread. There is a variety of uses for fiber optics, most notably when it comes to connecting to the internet. But researchers at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore believe they have found a new use for microfiber technology: artificial intelligence. But just what does fiber optic technology have to do with A.I.? We’re here to go over the basics of their research and explain what they’re working on.
As per this Extremetech.com article, the team has created a new device that they believe can think on its own, making connections that are similar to the human brain. They’ve achieved this by creating a network of microfibers that can make synapses on each other, which is the basis for how the brain makes connections. By using fiber optic technology to make this possible, they could potentially create a machine that is able to have more “brain power” than the average person.
That’s because unlike the neurons in a real brain, the optical fiber they would use for this technology can send many more millions of signals per second at the speed of light. Basically, fiber optic technology could be a way to create a machine that is able to outsmart a human being.
Of course, the creation of advanced A.I. systems is a hot topic for debate in the scientific community, with many prominent scientists and technologists urging against it. We’ll be keeping an eye on similar developments in the future, and we’re interested to see the new ways that fiber optic technology will be used in the coming years and decades.
While the notion of artificial intelligence is fun and dizzying to think about, there are still things regarding our present technology that must be fixed, most notably internet access in the United States, which is extremely vulnerable.
When our internet stops working for even a few minutes, it is often a frustrating experience that grinds our entire day to a halt. We rely on the internet for work, entertainment, communication, and so much else. And with fiber optic technology, people are able to do more on the internet at a quicker pace than ever before. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the nation’s internet infrastructure is any less vulnerable, as a reason incident in Arizona just underlined as covered by The Huffington Post in this article.
Last month someone cut a fiber optic cable in Arizona that shut down the internet for thousands of residents. This is just one of many examples that show how large a consequence that just one small action can have where internet connectivity is concerned. But what can be done to solve these problems? Well, there are a few ideas, with increased government regulation being one of them.
Many argue that because the internet is still relatively new, there has not been enough done to ensure it is properly regulated and protected. The federal government doesn’t regulate much when it comes to the internet, and a lot is left up to various service providers. Unfortunately, each of these providers has their own set of rules and regulations, so the quality and security of internet access varies drastically depending on where you are in the country.
Implementing fiber optic connections around the United States is a great way to get faster internet to more people, but more needs to be done to ensure people are able to stay connected. Keep checking back for more updates regarding this topic and other internet issues that arise in the coming years.