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Nvidia GPUs to Help Simulate a Bee's Brain for Flying Robots

The idea is to guide the robot by the senses of vision and smell and eventually aid in search and rescue missions or, as bees do, "mechanical pollination of crops".

Covering the massive computational power of an organic brain is now small feat. For example, IBM recently estimated that the human brain is capable of more than 35 Pflops (the world's fastest supercomputer currently peaks at 20.1 Pflops). So it is not surprising that we should be starting with a brain much smaller. But even a robot with a "Green Brain" that resembles the brain power of a bee will need GPU accelerators - donated to the research project by Nvidia - to perform "the massive calculations needed to simulate a brain using a standard desktop PC – rather than on a large, expensive supercomputing cluster," the scientists leading the project at the University of Sheffield said.

The researchers hope that the project will expand our understanding of brain modeling, computational neuroscience projects, as well as the honey bee itself.

"Green Brain's modeling could help scientists to understand why honey bee numbers are dwindling and also contribute to the development of artificial pollinators, such as those being researched by the National Science Foundation-funded Robobees project, led by Harvard University," the scientists said.

  • itchyisvegeta
    "Bees... My God!"
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  • Onus
    Hmmm, will they "dance" like bees, or will they just transfer GPS coordinates to each other?
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  • ttg_Avenged
    Ahhhh. technology. I hope in my life, when I'm 20-30 so I can decide to not get whipped by having a "robot" GPU accelerated wife. :) Me likey.
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  • what if the bees brain needs a GPU to be overclocked to reach the bees brain power?
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  • jhansonxi
    I predict someone will make a movie about a roboticized bee swarm caused by a PC* virus. Maybe a sequel to "The Swarm": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swarm_%28film%29


    *Has to be PC virus since we all know that Apple products don't get viruses. ;D
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  • xkm1948
    GPU Powered robot insects. Hmm, We are getting closer to the Matrix world.
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  • DroKing
    Cue the life sized bees rampaging earth :P like 8 legged freaks movie =D
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  • Albyint
    This stuff is the.......

    bee's knees of new tech!
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  • vittau
    I suppose they're not embedding the GPU in the robot itself, right?
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  • f-14
    here's the thing they want to put those chips in:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcXH4iCnck4&feature=relmfu
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