For over 30 years, IBM introduced the first PC and now prepares to once again revolutionize the world of technology.
Funded in part by DARPA – which contributed 28.5 million euros to the project of “cognitive computing” – IBM has created a prototype that uses parallel processing for multitasking and, more importantly, it adapts to new information, even if unexpected. Dharmendra Modha, the man behind the project at IBM Research, says that “we can not use hardly any knowledge about the design of chips.”
“The big difference in terms of construction of these chips lies in the proximity between memory and processor. In this case to a huge amount of parallelism,” reinforces Modha.
The processors also have sensors that sense changes in temperature, sound and motion. Features that make the way to new applications for the automotive and aviation industry, according to Gizmodo.
Although we are still about ten years to observe the application of these processors, IBM has said they will ensure the company’s future. Both prototypes have created 256 neurons. One with 262,144 programmable synapses and another with 65,536 “learning synapses,” however, the company expects to reach ten billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses.
Modha warns that “we are not building a brain, we are only inspiring in their efficiency.