IBM Chip Emulates Cognitive Powers Of The Brain

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has announced that the company has achieved a milestone in computing by designing a computer chip that can mimic the human brain to analyse, understand and interpret data.

According to International Business Times, computer vendor IBM has already developed two chips based on a new computing technology that can easily analyse data, create hypotheses, and remember and learn from outcomes, in much the same way as the human brain.

“These chips are another significant step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, signaling the beginning of a new generation of computers and their applications in business, science and government," project head at IBM Research, Dharmendra S. Modha said in a statement.

According to the details available, scientists at IBM have developed the chips based on rules and principles from nanoscience, neuroscience, and supercomputing. The chips are under testing and trials have achieved initial success such as playing the game Pong and recognising data patterns.

Each chip developed comprises of 45 nanometer SOI-CMOS and 256 neurons. The research programme is being carried out at IBM’s Fishkill lab in New York State in collaboration with the universities of Columbia, Wisconsin, UC Merced, and Cornell.