(The Hosting News) – Is the world ready for a smarter computer chip that simulates decision making of the human brain?
Today IBM released details regarding an experimental computer chip that they’ve been working on and the details are simply fascinating.
The technology is known as “cognitive computing chips,” and IBM says they are capable of performing abilities that imitate human brain functions. Such areas covered include cognition, action, and perception.
The technology is constructed with digital silicon circuits, which the company says are “inspired by neurobiology.” During the development, IBM created two prototypes.
There’s also a big difference between the cognitive chips and today’s current chips as IBM points toward the chips learning new ideas. IBM says the chips “are expected to learn through experiences, find correlations, create hypotheses, and remember – and learn from – the outcomes, mimicking the brains structural and synaptic plasticity.”
Commenting on the matter in a statement, IBM Research Project leader Dharmendra Modha stated, “Future applications of computing will increasingly demand functionality that is not efficiently delivered by the traditional architecture.”
“These chips are another significant step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, signaling the beginning of a new generation of computers and their applications in business, science and government,” he continued.
How will the chips actually come in handy? IBM points out that they could help with things like global tsunami warnings, traffic accident prevention, and even smaller tasks such as detecting (with smell) when produce goes bad in grocery stores. Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg, IBM has received an additional funding $21 million from DARPA, a tech arm of the U.S. Department of Defense.
So will the new technology revolutionize the world? Only time will tell. For more information, visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/35251.wss