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IBM is creating larger brain-mimicking computers

Agam Shah | April 1, 2016
IBM recently shipped its NS16e computer with neuromorphic chips, and is working toward computers that come closer to the scale of a human brain

As IBM develops the chip, the company will also look at the software to go with it. Sawada said the creation of learning models and algorithms, and associating those models based on the function of the brain, will be an ongoing effort.

"The system is still evolving. We continuously create and test new learning algorithms, new model generation techniques, and new optimization algorithms," Sawada said.

There are many efforts under way to develop brain-mimicking chips. Some features like image recognition from efforts like Qualcomm's Zeroth have found their way into the latest Snapdragon 820 mobile chip. Another notable effort is Stanford's Neurogrid. The E.U. Human Brain Project is funding a program called Neuromorphic Computing Platform, with primary research taking place at University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Manchester's Spinnaker program in the U.K.

 

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