Skynet Rising: IBM and Deep Learning for Nuclear Arsenal

Techno Occulture

On ZDNet Danny Palmer describesIBM’s ‘brain-inspired’ supercomputer to help watch over US nuclear arsenal:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will use the new system to “explore new computing capabilities” surrounding the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) missions in cybersecurity, control of US nuclear weapons, and, in theory, management of agreements to reduce the number of nuclear missiles in the world.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federal government research facility in California, tasked with ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the United States nuclear deterrent, is working alongside IBM on what’s been described as a “first of a kind” brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning.

The neural-network will be based on IBM’s neurosynaptic TrueNorth computer chips. These processors are designed to aid computers in performing cognitive tasks, such as pattern recognition and sensory processing, more efficiently than conventional computer chips.

That efficiency is made possible because a single…

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