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IBM Develops Processors That Think Like Human Brains

“It’s been just over 30 years since IBM released its first PC and shook the whole world up. Hoping to do some more world-shaking, they’ve built two chips that function more similarly to our brains than normal chips do.

Yes people, this could be the day we all look back upon with sheer horror, as The Robots chase us from our houses and onto the streets.

Funded in part by DARPA, which contributed $41 million to the “cognitive computing” project, the prototype chips use parallel processing to multi-task, but more importantly adapt to new information even if they’re not expecting it.

The projector leader at IBM Research, Dharmendra Modha, claims that “you have to throw out virtually everything we know about how these chips are designed,” elaborating that “the key, key, key difference really is the memory and the processor are very closely brought together. There’s a massive, massive amount of parallelism.””

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