IBM wants to create computer chips with a brain

IBM has announced the creation of a “breakthrough” software ecosystem designed for developing silicon chips that have an architecture inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain.

The tech giant says that the new programming model — the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics — dubbed “SyNAPSE,” is designed with large-scale, interconnected cognitive computing architectures in mind, rather than traditional, sequential systems.

Modern computing relies on pre-defined programs. When applied to Big Data, these traditional systems operate at a reduced effectiveness rate due to real-time processing of the noisy, analog, voluminous information. In contrast, the brain works more slowly — but is able to recognize, interpret and act upon patterns more readily.