A computer chip that resembles the human brain

After nearly a decade of research, IBM has created the world’s first neurosynaptic computing chip, appropriately name SyNAPSE, bringing us closer to smarter computing and perhaps eventually artificial intelligence.

Unlike most computers today, the postage-stamp sized chip uses a new, neuroscience-inspired hardware design that mimics how neurons and synapses work in the brain. Perhaps more impressively, it can process information faster than traditional computers while using less power than a hearing aid battery.

SyNAPSE is another leap forward towards cognitive computers – ones that can recognize patterns and sensory information. The chip is part of IBM’s bigger goal of creating holistic computing intelligence, which combines traditional computers with cognitive ones.

Image courtesy of IBM

Image courtesy of IBM