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From the natural intelligence to the artificial intelligence

A CerCO technology transfered to an international society

Toulouse Tech Transfer (TTT) has just signed of a licensing agreement to transfer technology “JAST”, resulting from the Research centre Brain & Cognition (CerCo – CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier), near the BrainChip company. After 30 years of research, this new generation of artificial intelligence (IA), which takes as a starting point the human intelligence, opens the door with new inaccessible applications until now. A promising Toulouse innovation Able to identify events repeating itself within a mass of data, without any preliminary training and with the possibility of implementing it on electronic circuit, technology JAST is the result many years of researches undertaken by Simon Thorpe, enquiring CNRS and director of CerCo. This Toulouse innovation allured the BrainChip company which develops software solutions and material dedicated to the IA for markets such as the civil monitoring or the video games. Thanks to this technological rupture, BrainChip will be able to optimize its microprocessor SNAP (Spiking Neuron Adaptive Processor) which analyzes in real time of the video stream. 30 years of searchs and always of the prospects for evolution to arrive at these results, all started in 1988 when Simon Thorpe, begins his research tasks on the networks from digital neurons. Convinced that an implementation hardware of the neurons is possible, it manufactures in 1994, with the assistance of a student, a chip including 256 neurons which never left the laboratory. “I had difficulty convincing the engineers who biology could be a source of inspiration. I said myself that I was going to do it myself ! ” the scientist remembers. The things accelerate in 1998 thanks to the theses of Rufin VanRullen and Arnaud Delorme, today both research directors at CNRS in CerCo. “Their work made me understand the commercial potential of the digital networks of neurons. Thanks to the law on the innovation and research, we were among the first to invest the market by creating the company SpikeNet Technology supported by CNRS” tells Simon Thorpe. Since, the doctorant.e.s and étudiant.e.s working around Simon Thorpe contributed to this new generation of networks of digital neurons able to learn like a human brain and which allowed the development of technology. “Thanks to the ideas developed by our team, we could aim at the system development able soon to simulate million, to see billion neurons… ”, the scientist imagines. The signature of an exclusive licence near the BrainChip company, operated by the teams of Toulouse Tech Transfer, illustrates the quality of the researches undertaken in the field of the artificial intelligence in particular within the Toulouse laboratories. A press release is online on the site of CNRS in Midi-Pyrenees.

Mise à jour 29/06/2017