Ever think about using a brain chip to skip long ours reading and studying? This always comes up when I pull an all-nighter. Why can’t I just install this reading in my mind and search for it during an exam. I’m certainly going to forget about this information after it’s over. And nine times out of ten, if you ask me about what I learned in last week’s geography midterm….
It seems that IBM, the world’s leader in computer technology, have explored this idea. Research five IBM research labs, in college campuses across the country, have designed a processing chip called TrueNorth. This chip is praised for its advanced image and sound processing ability. More specifically, TrueNorth excels in image and voice recognition. Like conventional computer processing chips, TrueNorth is physically comprised of billions of metal transistors. However, its arrangement is what allows it to process images and sounds more like a human brain and less like a computer. The transitions are arranged in a neural net array similar to neurons of the brain. TrueNorth’s design consists of, “1 million digital ‘neurons’ that talk to one another via 256 million ‘synapses.’” This makes sense as a brain can process complex information almost instantaneously. If computers were to achieve such power, they should be designed the same way.
The article is linked below for more reading. There isn’t much more about the details of TrueNorth. But this chip seems to be the first step on the road to developing neural implants. The first step of the process is the make brain chips work like a brain, before adding them to the human body.