IBM Announces First Cognitive Computing Chips
>By James Lenhart
IBM is conducting research for DARPA in a program called The Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE). The company announced today that phase 0 and 1 are complete and they’ve officially created the first two state-of-the-art chips capable of things you’ve never seen before. The purpose is to replicate how a regular brain works with the use of computers. The long-term goal for the SyNAPSE project is to create a chip with one million neurons and 10 billion synapses, all within one square centimeter, while consuming one tenth of a watt of power. In it’s current state the chip is capable of detecting objects and differentiating between them, but this could go as far as to teach itself (kind of like we do as humans). The chip defies normal programming because it’s not pre-programmed with a set of directions — rather it learns over time. IBM says that this goes against traditional von Neumann computing which involves storing programs and instructions to complete tasks. Cognitive computing does not have pre-set programming, and can basically do what it wants, so if you thought iRobot was a joke, think again.