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IBM Devises Software For Its Experimental Brain-Modeling Chips 33

alphadogg writes "Following up on work commissioned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), IBM has developed a programming paradigm, and associated simulator and basic software library, for its experimental SyNAPSE processor. The work suggests the processors could be used for extremely low-power yet computationally powerful sensor systems. 'Our end goal is to create a brain in a box,' said Dharmendra Modha, and IBM Research senior manager who is the principal investigator for the project. The work is a continuation of a DARPA project to design a system that replicates the way a human processes information." Also at SlashBI.
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IBM Devises Software For Its Experimental Brain-Modeling Chips

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  • towards the Singularity.

  • welcome our new Brain in a Box overlords.

  • It's not in the box, it's in the band.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Lol @ the SyNAPSE processor, SKYNET here we come! well at least before we reach that point DARPA can pimp their new toy out to the NSA and the rest of the 3 letter agencies to help them read through everyones emails, texts, search entries lol

    Sorry its not the most insightful comment on such an interesting subject, but seriously what do we all think a machine like this will end up doing? Pure science for benefit of all or will it further help to keep those who pay for it intrenched in even more power.

    • by ImdatS ( 958642 )

      Actually, the idea is to understand two things, which we still don't know how they work:

      1) The brain itself - how does it work, how does it process information
      2) More important: what is the relation between brain and "mind" - is "mind" created in the brain or is the brain the mind. More relevant for humans is "consciousness": does the consciousness inform when a complex-enough brain is created or how does it exist?

      I'm not sure this project will get closer to answering Q2, but it will probably help in bringi

  • by sehlat ( 180760 ) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @03:34PM (#44512905)

    They've already done that. They call the boxes cubicles.

  • Ok, whoever transcends first, I want a technomagic ring that keeps me alive, fit, and young, with control panel so I can change my body. And, ummm, I guess a hundred mile wide orgy arena with McDonald's and Starbuck's all around it.

  • To say they're trying to recreate a brain in a box is a bit of misnomer. They're not trying to recreate the forgetfulness, random irrelevant thoughts, and other such aspects of a human brain.

    Then again, maybe those random thoughts are an important part of cognition. If one follows up on those random ideas, new concepts can be born of the misfiring synapses.

  • ...replicates how the human brain works, in that each "neurosynaptic core" has its own memory ("synapses")...

    Synapses are the space between neurons wherein chemical interactions communicate impulses from one neuron to another. They have nothing to do with memory, of which we are currently aware.

    • Synapses most definitely have to do with memory, although the synapse is not where the memory resides. Sensitize or desensitize receptors will have affect memory performance. Read about cocaine studies on short term memory.

    • by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Thursday August 08, 2013 @05:36PM (#44514419)

      Actually, IIRC one of the best guesses as to how the brain stores information is in the pattern and weighting of synapses - neuron A gets energized by some combination of firings of the thousands of incoming synapses, plus its own internal memory/processing, and it fires as appropriate. AFAIK the details are one of those things that keeps getting more complicated the closer we look.

  • And so what? Likely to have more human warmth

  • Is this a new variation to the Schrodinger's cat problem?
  • yeah you and everyone else who has ever pursued strong AI. And? And? And so what you're as far away from that as anyone else is. This is the same hype that went around about neural nets some decades ago . So you brought a SHARPENED flint rock to the nuclear armed war this time. And?

    There are parts of the human brain the size of your fist we know about as much as we did the heart when we finally figured out hey *it's a pump ! *.

    Apparently only holy grail level aspirations are lofty enough to inspire research

You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10