IBM Unveils a Computer Inspired by the Human Brain

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has bought, and is set to test, IBM’s latest invention: a computer designed to emulate a human brain. Computer scientists at the Calif.-based lab plan to begin trying out the $1 million device on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reports. The neural network-mimicking array consists of 16 computer chips, called IBM TrueNorth, that in total contain a million “programmable neurons,” and 256 times as many electronic equivalents of synaptic connections. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. “The potential capabilities neuromorphic computing represents and the machine intelligence that these will enable will change how we do science,” said Jim Brase, deputy associate director for data science at the lab, in a statement. IBM ibm has been working to develop these artificial intelligence-friendly microprocessors even as it unceremoniously…


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