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Insect Nervous System Copied to Boost Computing Power

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Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 11:36 PM by AlexMuller

Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects’ nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say.

 

Attempts to recreate how the brain works are nothing new. Computing principles underlying how the organ operates have inspired computer programmes known as neural networks, which have been used for decades to analyse data. The artificial neurons that make up these programmes imitate the brain’s neurons, with each one capable of sending, receiving and processing information.
 
However, real biological neural networks rely on electrical impulses known as spikes. Simulating networks of spiking neurons with software is computationally intensive, setting limits on how long these simulations can run and how large they can get.
 
To overcome these restraints, several groups around the world have started developing so-called “neuromorphic hardware” that use models of spiking neurons on microchips. For instance, Qualcomm released its Zeroth chip in October 2013. The company advertises the chip as part of its next generation of mobile devices for image and speech processing.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-30
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Neural networks have been hard to recreate in computing but remain focus of attention and hard work- finally some good and encouraging results- great Reply
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Biological neuronal networks that have been described by neuroscientists a very rich inspiration for computer scientist- it is great that this is coming together Reply
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Posted: 2014-01-30
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One important think that they discovered is that "neuromorphic computers" would not replace conventional computers. They are developing a new brain-inspired technique for computing that will be able to solve problems for which conventional computers are not well-suited. Interesting Reply
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