Building a Computer as Complex as a Human Brain

As cognitive systems are developed, IBM scientists are developing a computing system that emulates the brain.
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Today, less than 1% of the digital data that has been collected in the world is actually analyzed. This is because all this data is difficult to capture, make sense of and move around. And, unfortunately, today's computing systems aren't up to the task of handling all of this raw information in an efficient and affordable way.

For decades, scientists have worked to improve computers so they aren't just large calculators with storage structures and programmable memory. The ideal would be to create a cognitive system that could perform complex tasks rapidly and accurately with minimal energy use, very similar to the human brain.

Enter researchers at IBM who have been working on a cognitive computing project called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE). By reproducing the structure and architecture of the brain--the way its elements receive sensory input, connect to each other, adapt these connections, and transmit motor output--the SyNAPSE project models computing systems that emulate the brain's computing efficiency, size and power usage without being programmed.

Learn more about the SyNAPSE project and meet its research experts.

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