Crossing a traditional computer with a biological one, the brain, is no easy task — but researchers at IBM have been hard at work doing just that. On Thursday they announced the results of 10 years of research and $53 million in DARPA funding. The company's new brain-inspired chip achieves unparalleled levels of power and efficiency, and IBM claims it may change the fundamental methods of computing.
The latest chip boasts more than 5 billion transistors, putting it in supercomputer-on-a-chip territory, but that's not the impressive part — those transistors are organized into 4,096 "neurosynaptic cores," on which are more than a million simulated "neurons" and 256 million "synapses." IBM's chip, you see, is an attempt to replicate the brain's style of processing information...
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http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/brain-inspired-ibm-chip-puts-traditional-computers-shame-n174581Posted on 15 Aug 2014, 9:37 - Category: MindScans
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