IBM unveils cognitive thinking chips
Ayinde O. Chase
San Jose, CA, United States
August 18, 2011 11:43 am EDT
Science And Technology, Technology, Economy, Business And Finance, Computing And Information Technology, Semiconductors And Active Components, Economy, Business And Finance, Company Information
It's been a recurrent theme in science fiction. Now, IBM researchers have unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain's abilities for perception, action and cognition.
It’s believed the technology, which was developed using non-traditional methods of designing and building computers, could consume many orders of magnitude less power and space than computers now on the market.
The neurosynaptic computing chips mimic spiking neurons and synapses in biological systems by using advanced algorithms and silicon circuitry.
IBM engineers and analysts have already constructed the first two prototypes, which are undergoing testing.
Cognitive computers, as they are slated to be called, won’t be programmed the way traditional computers are. The systems are expected to learn through experiences, find correlations, create hypotheses, and remember – and learn from – the outcomes, mimicking the brain's structural and synaptic plasticity.
To achieve this, the technology company is combining principles from nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing as part of a multi-year cognitive computing device.
"This is a major initiative to move beyond the von Neumann paradigm that has been ruling computer architecture for more than half a century," said Dharmendra Modha, project leader for IBM Research.
Modha went on to say, "Future applications of computing will increasingly demand functionality that is not efficiently delivered by the traditional architecture. These chips are another significant step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, signaling the beginning of a new generation of computers and their applications in business, science and government."
The cognitive computing prototype chips use digital silicon circuits inspired by neurobiology to make up what is referred to as a "neurosynaptic core" with integrated memory (replicated synapses), computation (replicated neurons) and communication (replicated axons).
It is the hope of those close to this research that the chips in the future will be able to consume information from complex, real-world environments through multiple sensory modes and act through multiple motor modes in a coordinated, context-dependent manner.
"Imagine traffic lights that can integrate sights, sounds and smells and flag unsafe intersections before disaster happens or imagine cognitive co-processors that turn servers, laptops, tablets, and phones into machines that can interact better with their environments," said Modha.
Researchers believe the technology could be used in many ways. For instance, a stockperson at a grocery store wearing an instrumented glove that monitors sights, smells, texture and temperature could identify bad or contaminated produce.
Copyright © 2011 AHN - All rights reserved.Content including text, photos, videos, audio, graphics and logos may not be used for commercial purposes, reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium without permission and license from AHN.
[ Close ]
When publishing articles from AHN we require that you follow several simple rules and that you abide by our Terms and Conditions.
Use and display the provided article text on a website or blog.
Under the following conditions:
You may not republish the article(s) wholesale, automatically or systematically; articles must be republished individually.
You may not sell license or redistribute the content without specific permission. Email us if you’d like to.
You must display and attribute the article in the manner specified by AHN (but not in any way that suggests that we endorse you or your use of the work).
You may not remove ads, logos or tracking information from the article.
You may display the article on a website, but you may not use the article for any other commercial purposes.
You may not alter, rewrite, transform, or build upon the article.
Copy and paste the following into your blog entry or the HTML on your page. It will automatically deliver the article as the page loads.
<< Return to script page
THE WORK (AS DEFINED BELOW) IS PROVIDED UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE ("LICENSE"). THE WORK IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT AND/OR OTHER APPLICABLE
LAW. ANY USE OF THE WORK OTHER THAN AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LICENSE OR COPYRIGHT LAW IS PROHIBITED.
BY EXERCISING ANY RIGHTS TO THE WORK PROVIDED HERE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE. TO THE EXTENT THIS LICENSE
MAY BE CONSIDERED TO BE A CONTRACT, THE LICENSOR GRANTS YOU THE RIGHTS CONTAINED HERE IN CONSIDERATION OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH TERMS AND
"Collective Work" means a work, such as a periodical issue, anthology or encyclopedia, in which the Work in its entirety in
unmodified form, along with one or more other contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a
collective whole. A work that constitutes a Collective Work will not be considered a Derivative Work (as defined below) for the purposes of this
"Derivative Work" means a work based upon the Work or upon the Work and other pre-existing works, such as a translation,
musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any
other form in which the Work may be recast, transformed, or adapted, except that a work that constitutes a Collective Work will not be considered a
Derivative Work for the purpose of this License. For the avoidance of doubt, where the Work is a musical composition or sound recording, the
synchronization of the Work in timed-relation with a moving image ("synching") will be considered a Derivative Work for the purpose of this License.
"Licensor" means the individual, individuals, entity or entities that offers the Work under the terms of this License.
"Original Author" means the individual, individuals, entity or entities who created the Work.
"Work" means the copyrightable work of authorship offered under the terms of this License.
"You" means an individual or entity exercising rights under this License who has not previously violated the terms of this
License with respect to the Work, or who has received express permission from the Licensor to exercise rights under this License despite a previous
2. Fair Use Rights. Nothing in this license is intended to reduce, limit, or restrict any rights arising from fair use, first
sale or other limitations on the exclusive rights of the copyright owner under copyright law or other applicable laws.
3. License Grant. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, Licensor hereby grants You a worldwide, non-exclusive,
revocable (for the duration of the applicable copyright) license to exercise the rights in the Work as stated below:
to reproduce the Work, to incorporate the Work into one or more Collective Works;
The above rights may be exercised on freely and openly accessible web media formats . The above rights include the right to make such
modifications as are technically necessary to exercise the rights in other media and formats, but otherwise you have no rights to make any alterations
or Derivative Works. All rights not expressly granted by Licensor are hereby reserved, including but not limited to the rights set forth in
Sections 4(d) and 4(e).
4. Restrictions.The license granted in Section 3 above is expressly made subject to and limited by the following restrictions:
You may publicly display the Work only under the terms of this License, and You must include a copy of, or the Uniform Resource Identifier
for, this License with every copy of the Work You publicly display. You may not offer or impose any terms on the Work that restrict the terms of this
License or the ability of a recipient of the Work to exercise the rights granted to that recipient under the terms of the License. You may not
sublicense the Work. You must keep intact all notices that refer to this License and to the disclaimer of warranties. When You publicly display the
Work, You may not impose any technological measures on the Work that restrict the ability of a recipient of the Work from You to exercise the rights
granted to that recipient under the terms of the License. This Section 4(a) applies to the Work as incorporated in a Collective Work, but this does
not require the Collective Work apart from the Work itself to be made subject to the terms of this License. If You create a Collective Work, upon
notice from any Licensor You must, to the extent practicable, remove from the Collective Work any credit as required by Section 4(c), as demanded.
You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward
commercial advantage or private monetary compensation. The exchange of the Work for other copyrighted works by means of digital file-sharing or
otherwise shall not be considered to be intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation, provided there is no
payment of any monetary compensation in connection with the exchange of copyrighted works.
If You publicly display the Work (as defined in Section 1 above) or Collective Works (as defined in Section 1 above), You must, unless a
request has been made pursuant to Section 4(a), keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide, reasonable to the medium or means You are
utilizing: (i) the name of the Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied, and/or (ii) if the Original Author and/or Licensor
designate another party or parties (e.g. a sponsor institute, publishing entity, journal) for attribution ("Attribution Parties") in Licensor's
copyright notice, terms of service or by other reasonable means, the name of such party or parties; the title of the Work if supplied; to the extent
reasonably practicable, the Uniform Resource Identifier, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work, unless such URI does not
refer to the copyright notice or licensing information for the Work. The credit required by this Section 4(c) may be implemented in any reasonable
manner; provided, however, that in the case of a Collective Work, at a minimum such credit will appear, if a credit for all contributing authors of
the Collective Work appears, then as part of these credits and in a manner at least as prominent as the credits for the other contributing authors.
For the avoidance of doubt, You may only use the credit required by this clause for the purpose of attribution in the manner set out above and, by
exercising Your rights under this License, You may not implicitly or explicitly assert or imply any connection with, sponsorship or endorsement by
the Original Author, Licensor and/or Attribution Parties, as appropriate, of You or Your use of the Work, without the separate, express prior written
permission of the Original Author, Licensor and/or Attribution Parties.
5. Representations, Warranties and Disclaimer
UNLESS OTHERWISE MUTUALLY AGREED TO BY THE PARTIES IN WRITING, LICENSOR OFFERS THE WORK AS-IS AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF ANY
RIGHTS HELD IN THE LICENSED WORK BY THE LICENSOR. THE LICENSOR MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND CONCERNING THE WORK, EXPRESS,
IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MARKETABILITY, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
NONINFRINGEMENT, OR THE ABSENCE OF LATENT OR OTHER DEFECTS, ACCURACY, OR THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE. SOME
JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SUCH EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
6. Limitation on Liability.
EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL LICENSOR BE LIABLE TO YOU ON ANY
LEGAL THEORY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS LICENSE OR THE USE OF THE WORK, EVEN IF
LICENSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
This License and the rights granted hereunder will terminate automatically upon any breach by You of the terms of this License. Individuals
or entities who have received Collective Works (as defined in Section 1 above) from You under this License, however, will not have their licenses
terminated provided such individuals or entities remain in full compliance with those licenses. Sections 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will survive any
termination of this License.
Subject to the above terms and conditions, the license granted here is perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright in the Work).
Notwithstanding the above, Licensor reserves the right to release the Work under different license terms or to stop distributing the Work at any
time; provided, however that any such election will not serve to withdraw this License (or any other license that has been, or is required to be,
granted under the terms of this License), and this License will continue in full force and effect unless terminated as stated above.
Each time You distribute or publicly digitally perform the Work (as defined in Section 1 above) or a Collective Work (as defined in Section
1 above), the Licensor offers to the recipient a license to the Work on the same terms and conditions as the license granted to You under this
If any provision of this License is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the
remainder of the terms of this License, and without further action by the parties to this agreement, such provision shall be reformed to the minimum
extent necessary to make such provision valid and enforceable.
No term or provision of this License shall be deemed waived and no breach consented to unless such waiver or consent shall be in writing and
signed by the party to be charged with such waiver or consent.
This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the Work licensed here. There are no understandings,
agreements or representations with respect to the Work not specified here. Licensor shall not be bound by any additional provisions that may appear
in any communication from You. This License may not be modified without the mutual written agreement of the Licensor and You.
There are no third-party beneficiaries to this Licesnse.
You waive any right to jury trial in connection with any action or litigation in any way arising out of or related to this License. You
agree to pay all reasonable attorney fees and other costs incurred by Your breach of this license.
This agreement will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of
the State of Florida without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state and
federal courts located in Palm Beach County in the State of Florida, and any cause of action which arise from use of this web site or from
interpretation of these terms and conditions must be filed in the state and federal courts located in Palm Beach County, State of Florida. If
any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this
agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. Any remaining provisions shall be given effect to
the fullest extent possible.
Need more news? visit FeedSyndicate for all of your content needs
This is a BETA service and subject to change or cancellation.
Most Popular Comments
[ CLOSE ]
[ CLOSE ]
[ CLOSE ]
[ CLOSE ]
Submit News |
Contact Us |
News and Content Feeds |
Follow AHN on Twitter
AHN Social News connects you with friends and the news
© 2011 AHN All Rights Reserved | Hosted on the NewsBahn™
Other News on Thursday, 18 August 2011
Kobe Bryant in middle of church, summer league drama
Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh fined $20K by NFL
U.K. unemployment rises to 7.9%
Kelly Clarkson unveils new album name, release date
Brain-eating amoebas blamed in deaths
Dell forecasts weaker sales
Kansas lawsuit seeks to overturn ban on insurance-funded abortions
Dozen missing in Nepal boat capsize
Florida teen arrested for planning to blow up high school that expelled him
Mark O'Meara defends title at Senior Players Championship
Gerard Depardieu urinates on plane
Britain's tough justice alarms campaigners
Egypt's revived anti-graft law may net Mubarak
Ailing Serena withdraws, Wozniacki falls in Cincy; Nadal, Murray into third round
Supporters of anti-corruption activist stage protests across India
Hariri indictment says phones link suspects to killing
'Skins Malcolm Kelly not in middle of wideout competition due to injury
Briton dies from shark attack in Seychelles
Britain says 400,000 Somali children at risk of death
Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets in Iraq
Analysis: Peru's indigenous losing faith in reformed Humala
Apple, Qualcomm, others eye InterDigital
Nokia CEO says watch out to Android phone makers
AT&T sues customers seeking to block T-Mobile deal
Sina profit slips in second quarter
Microsemi takes bid for Zarlink hostile
Writers' settlement with publishers thrown out
Verizon strike should slow NYC deal: City officials
Britain's tough justice alarms campaigners
Militant makes death threat against David Letterman
Box office heading toward record despite economy
Richard Gere to sell guitar collection at auction
Coroner confirms Real Housewives husband suicide
Black Eyed Peas reschedule Central Park concert
Abercrombie & Fitch wants clothes off Jersey Shore
Fox says Jennifer Lopez back for American Idol
James Patterson easily tops highest paid authors
Pablo Milanes' Miami concert plan drums up discord
Libya rebels fight for refineries; U.S. sends drones
Syria's Assad says to stop police operations: U.N.
Indian activist Anna Hazare to launch public fast
Blast kills 20, wounds 12 in Afghanistan's Herat
Justin time: Morneau's clutch ninth-inning single lifts Twins past Tigers
Chavez to nationalize Venezuelan gold industry
TO says he's healthy, ready when team comes calling for wideout
Analysis: South Korea's conservatives in crisis over policy
Youth Laser radial champ to race at sailing event in Newport
Juneau anglers small fry hooks biggest win at salmon derby in Alaska
30 dead in new Karachi violence; gang wars blamed
BoSox slugger David Ortiz to sit a week due to heel pain; Rays blank BoSox
Washington renews calls for release of human rights attorney in China
Kim goes sailing as North Koreans seek food: report
Washington places travel restrictions on Syrian diplomats
Jim's jack: Thome rips 601st career homer; Twins-Tigers tied 1-1 in fifth
Turkish warplanes hit 60 PKK targets in Iraq: army
Matthew McConaughey gets job as stripper in new movie
Neil Armstrong rallies Afghan troops
How The Merger Of Two Health Care Giants May Affect Your Wallet
HP's CEO needs to convince wary Wall Street
China Mobile profit grows quickest in 3 years on high-end users
Lenovo Q1 gains overshadowed by PC market concerns
Microsoft/Motorola lawsuit moved to Seattle
California Supreme Court turns down Phil Spector appeal
Militant makes death threat against David Letterman
"RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Tyra Sanchez arrested for marijuana possession
Gunmen kill 7 in Israel in attack near Egypt border
Violence threatens children's health in Yemen
Brazil's Rousseff scrambles to control ally rebellion
Yani Tseng headlines field at LPGA Safeway Classic
IBM unveils cognitive thinking chips
French media reveals details behind Lagarde inquiry
Initial jobless claims again rise above 400,000 mark
Gulf markets worry about oil outlook
David Cross, Amber Tamblyn get engaged
On trial Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko requests doctor
'Jersey Shore' star Vinny Guadagnino named new face of Phillips Norelco
UK police arrest Hollywood reporter over hacking
S&P affirms France to keep AAA rating
Bloody attack along Egyptian border reveals weakening control
Berlin loses sleep over car arson attacks at night
GameStop's profit falls on weak sales, shares drop
LG Elec cuts TV sales target by 20 percent: report
NetApp nosedives on tech spending worries
Man pleads to sexual battery over Match.com date
Mosaid deal would create global patent power: WiLan
Betty White voted America's most trusted celebrity: poll
Top Europe reggae festival opens, Marley family stars
Abercrombie & Fitch wants clothes off Jersey Shore
Greece at new risk of being pushed off euro
Bodies of missing Tenn. mom, Jo Ann Bain, and daughter found
Female Breasts Are Bigger Than Ever
AMD Trinity Accelerated Processing Units Now in Volume Production
The Avengers (2012 film), made the second biggest opening- and single-day gross of all-time
AMD to Start Production of piledriver
Ivy Bridge Quad-Core, Four-Thread Desktop CPUs
Islamists Protest Lady Gaga's Concert in Indonesia
Japan Successfully Broadcasts an 8K Signal Over the Air
ECB boosts loans to 1 trillion Euro to stop credit crunch
Egypt : Mohammed Morsi won with 52 percent
What do you call 100,000 Frenchmen with their hands up
AMD Launches AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform
Fed Should not Ignore Emerging Market Crisis
Fed casts shadow over India, emerging markets
Why are Chinese tourists so rude? A few insights