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New Research Models Computing On The Human Brain

Researchers trying to develop a brain-like computer have achieved a breakthrough in the project, bringing the revolutionary technology one-step closer to reality.

Scientists at the University of Exeter have succeeding in the first phase of developing a technology that could make computing a faster process by using less energy. TG Daily reports.

According to the report, semi conductor cells made by phase change material can act as brain cells and function in a similar manner, bringing the development of a brain-like computer closer to reality.

“These particular materials we now know have the ability to do arithmetic and logic and could be the basis of a new form of microprocessor. This has never been experimentally demonstrated with these phase-change materials,” said David Wright, a professor of electronics and computer engineering at the University of Exeter.

In normal computers, computing and storage are handled separately, creating inefficiencies that brains do not have. The research, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is meant to get rid of this inefficiency by storing memory and doing computations with the same hardware components.