The IBM Chip that functions like a brain

There are a lot of people that see the evil in technology and are afraid it more and more replaces humans. That in itself is a topic that would take a lot more content than just being an introduction to the new IBM chip which surely will have a lot people excited but some running even more scared.

Why? Well, the chip can hear, smell, sense and taste. According to IBM, the chip could one day even smell your disease and tell you to go to the doctor.

IBM Chip

So how is this going to be possible? IBM has designed a different chip not with one core like we see them today but instead each chip has 4,096 cores, 1 million “neurons” and 256 million “synapses.” That means each core functions at about the scale of a worm brain, and each chip works at about the same level as a bee brain. Put lots of these chips together, and things get really interesting.

Amazingly, the chips are so low-powered, they can easily run on a smartphone battery. But they pack a punch: They’re capable of 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. That’s supercomputer-like.

“It’s a supercomputer the size of postage stamp, the weight of a feather and runs on the power of a hearing-aid,” said Dharmendra Modha, chief scientist for brain-inspired computing at IBM Research. “It’s a genuinely radical innovation.”

IBM’s research was published in Science magazine Thursday.


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