Humans have been trying to play gods for centuries but the one area where they have repeatedly failed is replicating the human brain function (outside of Hollywood blockbusters). Now things are set to change with IBM releasing a brain-like computer chip offering 4,096 processor cores, and emulating millions of human neurons and synapses; or more simply put – attempting to copy the building blocks of the human brain.
The SyNAPSE chip was officially unveiled on August 7, 2014 and offers incredible sensory capabilities at unbelievably low power levels (it only consumes 70mW during real-time operation — much less energy than is consumed by traditional chips). The ultimate goal is to simulate 1 trillion synapses using a mere 4kW of energy. A lesser prototype was developed in 2011, and as a result this second generation chip is the result of nearly 10 years of intensive research and development.