Artificial intelligence is something that science fiction filmmakers like to use. Many directors have considered a future with robots and things that can act and behave like humans. However, something like that has always been out of reach for us, so far.
IBM has recently introduced a new experimental neurosynaptic computer chip that emulates brain functions in areas such as cognition, perception and action. According to IBM, these new chips will use silicon algorithms and circuits to recreate advanced neurons and synapses in the brain.
These new chips will be integrated into cognitive computers. These computers will not be programmed to perform certain actions, such as the computers you and I use every day. Instead, these devices will learn through experiments, create hypotheses and remember the results.
According to Dharmendra Modha, project manager for IBM Research, “These chips are another important step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, marking the beginning of a new generation of computer devices and their applications in business, science and government.
The chips are designed and created by IBM, which works with multiple university collaborators. DARPA, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has already provided $21 million in research funding to IBM as part of Phase 2 of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or SyNAPSE project (I hope they pay their anagram makers generously).
SyNAPSE is a project that has been designed to create a computer system that will analyze complex information from multiple sensors and automatically adapt to its interaction with the environment. In any case, this technology is extremely impressive and, in any case, rather frightening. If they are already making computer chips that can think, I wonder how long it will take them before they make others that will take control of humanity? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.