It terms the machines built with these chips “cognitive computers”, claiming that they are able to learn through experience, find patterns,
generate ideas and understand the outcomes.
In building this new generation of chip, IBM combined principles of nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing.
It has been awarded $21m (£12.7m) of new funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the next phase
of the project, which it terms “Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics” (SyNAPSE).
“This is a major initiative to move beyond the von Neumann paradigm that has been ruling computer architecture for more than half
a century,” said Dharmendra Modha, project leader for IBM Research.
Source: Stuart Sumner, Computing.co.uk
Read more: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2102735/ibm-unveils-chips-mimic-human-brain#ixzz1VPu1Boxd and http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/35251.wss