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Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

Published on Aug 8, 2014 2:11 AM
 
Researchers from IBM, Cornell Tech and collaborators from around the world on Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Researchers on Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain.

The so-called "neurosynaptic" chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the scientists say.

The researchers from IBM, Cornell Tech and collaborators from around the world said they took an entirely new approach in design compared with previous computer architecture, moving toward a system called "cognitive computing".

"We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip," said IBM chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha, referring to the command centre of the brain.

 
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