International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Announces Technology That Mimics The Human Brain

Posted Aug 8, 2013

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has announced breakthrough software that is designed for programming silicon chips that emulates the human brain.  Around two years ago, IBM developed a cognitive computer chip that is inspired by human neural architecture.  This chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a goal of building a computing system that can handle tasks that are easy for human brains, but difficult for computers.

IBM announced that they have created a programming architecture for those chips so that developers can design apps for them once the chips become a reality.

?Architectures and programs are closely intertwined and a new architecture necessitates a new programming paradigm,” stated IBM Research Principal Investigator and Senior Manager Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha.  ?We are working to create a FORTRAN for synaptic computing chips. While complementing today?s computers, this will bring forth a fundamentally new technological capability in terms of programming and applying emerging learning systems.?

IBM’s cognitive computers are built using small neurosynaptic cores.  The cores are modeled on the brain and features 256 neuros (processors), 256 axons (memory), and 64,000 synapses (communications between the neurons and axons).  Eventually IBM is hoping to build a cognitive computer scaled to 100 trillion synapses.

IBM is presenting the software and capabilities at The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in Dallas, TX.  Below is a video of how it works: