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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Open the pod bay doors, Hal (2)

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Laboratories have created a computer chip that mimics the architecture of the human brain:
Snider unveiled a design that used memristors in their analog mode as synapses in a neural computing architecture. Memristor crossbars are the only technology that is dense enough to simulate the human brain, Snider claimed, adding that the HP Labs crossbars are ten times denser than synapses in the human cortex. By stacking crossbars on a CMOS logic chip, variable resistance could mimic the learning functions of synapses in neural networks.

Says Hal: "I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."

(HT: Classical Values)

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