- The chip can mimic the human ability for perception, action, and thought
- It will improve everything from navigation to speech, and facial recognition
- The chip's memory will function as synapses would in the brain, with processors acting as neurons
- It could also one day create systems that perform better than humans
Computers are about to enter an age where they can perceive, act and even think for themselves, using a network similar to the human brain.
The likes of Google and Facebook are already using the principles of neuroscience to develop artificial brains that they hope will be able to solve their data issues.
Now, San Diego-based Qualcomm is planning to launch the first ever commercial chip inspired by the human brain.
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San Diego-based Qualcomm is planning to launch the first ever commercial chip inspired by the human brain. The chip's memory functions as synapses would in the brain, the processors as neurons and communication as nerve fibres
The chip, which the New York Times has reported will be launched later this year, will be able to automate tasks that currently require painstaking programming.
Crucially, it will also be able to mimic the human ability for perception, action, and thought.
In practice, this means it will be able to avoid and tolerate errors to dramatically improve everything from facial and speech recognition to navigation and planning.
In the longer term, the approach will pave the way for artificial intelligence systems that can perform tasks in the same way, or even better, than humans.
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