In one of the latest developments by science, researchers have revealed a new radical computer, which has been designed to work like the human brain.
According to a report published in DailyMail.co.uk, the computer has been named as Neurogrid. It has circuit board that has 16 chips, which can stimulate 1 million neurons coupled with synaptic connections in billions of numbers.
If the researchers and experts work on this project are to be believed, the new computer can be almost 9,000 times faster than the current computer.
Neurogrid’s circuit has 19 ‘Neurocore’ chips, which has been custom designed for it. These chips can stimulate “billions of synaptic connections” and “1 million neurons”.
The chips have been designed by a team with the power efficiency in mind and to facilitate certain synapses for sharing the hardware circuits.
The new computer current bears a price of astounding $40,000, but experts believe that modern manufacturers and techniques can bring down the costs to just $400.
This may further unable using these computers for controlling prosthetic limbs among other things.
According to Stanford’s bio engineering associate professor, Kwabena Boahen, in terms of energy prospect, the computer cannot match the brain by many means and requires 40,000 times more power for operation. Boahen along with the members of his team have designed Neurogrid with 16 ‘Neurocore’ chips.
Neurogrid is currently about the same size as the iPad. The project has been funded by The National Institutes of Health, and Boahen and his team are already working on lowering the costs and creating compiler software, which are the next steps.
With creating compiler software, Neurogrid will be of use to all computer scientists and engineers, who can use it for varied purposes without any knowledge of neuroscience. Boahen is also working in line with Stanford scientists for developing prosthetic limbs run on Neurocore-like chip.