IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

IBM benchmarks the deep-learning capabilities of its TrueNorth brain-like chip and concludes it’s faster and more power-efficient than today’s GPUs and CPUs Lawrence Livermore’s new supercomputer system will be based on 16 IBM TrueNorth chips. Credit: IBM Research Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM’s mind, and it’s making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM’s computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today’s computers. The results of the head-to-head contest are impressive. IBM says TrueNorth can engage in deep learning and make decisions based on associations and probabilities, much like human brains. It…


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