THE BRAIN: THE KEY TO A BETTER COMPUTER

THE KEY TO A BETTER COMPUTER

THE KEY TO A BETTER COMPUTER

Your brain is incredibly well-suited to handling whatever comes along, plus it’s tough and operates on little energy.

Those attributes – dealing with real-world situations, resilience and energy efficient – are precisely what might be possible with neuro-inspired computing. Neuro-inspired computing seeks to develop algorithms that would run on computers that function more like a brain than a computer.

This sounds inspiring but first we must understand the workings of the brain. Professors Rafael Yuste and George Church, both specialists in neuro-science summarize this by saying: “Despite a century of sustained research, brain scientists remain ignorant of the workings of the three-pound organ that is the seat of all conscious human activity.”

It is encouraging to learn however that last year the Obama administration announced funding of more than $100 million towards brain research which joins the European Human Brain Project with ten year $1.6 billion.

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