Brain-inspired computer chip mimics 1 million neurons

By processing data in parallel, device could improve pattern recognition

By Andrew Grant, 10:48 AM August 8, 2014

Human brainpower has produced a computer chip reminiscent of the human brain.

The new chip, reported in the Aug. 8 Science, scraps the design that formed the basis of decades of computers in favor of an architecture that resembles a bundle of 1 million neurons. Such technology could pinch hit to perform tasks that conventional computers struggle with, such as identifying objects in photos and videos.

“It’s an impressive piece of silicon,” says Stephen Furber, a computer engineer at the Universi...

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