Chips headed: Towards an artificial brain

While giants like Google and Facebook looking to make artificial brains using neuroscience, developers focus their research on the chips. As reported by Wired, the U.S. company Qualcomm is preparing a line of computer chips that mimic the brain. Over time called The Zeoth chips could be used to power applications such as intelligent personal assistant developed by Google Now or application with features Siri personal assistant iOS or to control robotic limbs or fly self-driving cars and airplanes unmanned autonomous, explains the director of product management at Qualcomm, Samir Kumar. This week The New York Times reported that Qualcomm plans to launch a version of this chip next year, but with limited diffusion. “We will find a small selection of partners for which we will make available our hardware architecture,” says Kumar, adding that “it will be only an emulation of the architecture, not the chips themselves.” The chips are based on a new architecture that departs radically from the architectures that have dominated computing in recent decades. Instead, mimics the structure of the human brain, consisting of billions of cells called neurons that work in tandem. Kumar explains that although the human brain processes information more slowly than digital computers, is able to complete certain types of calculations much more quickly and efficiently than a regular computer, and you can do many calculations at once.

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