IBM builds processors modeled after the human brain, is more powerful

By on August 18, 2011
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There is no name for the chip yet, but we propose Skynet.

With news like these, it makes me wonder if scientist actually do watch sci-fi movies at all.

According to a report from VentureBeat, IBM has developed a new set of processors that has the learning capability and capacity much like the human brain. The project is currently being work on with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, along with a number of universities.

The processor are created to have analogs to the brain’s neurons, synapses and axon, whatever that means. The advantage of modelling a processor in such a fashion is to run it on extremely low power. IBM is now working on creating a computer to host the processors in, ultimately building 10 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses (which is more powerful than the human brain), and then it run off on just one kilowatt of power.

It’s all dandy, so far. But whom do we blame when it becomes self-aware?


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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