IBM has revealed that they are working on a small processor, about the size of a postage stamp, that would have supercomputer performance using sensory perception that mimics the process of the human brain.
Called the neurosynaptic chip, the development would open up a world of new possibilities, such as smarter self-driving cars and artificial intelligence systems that work with smartphones.
"IBM built a new chip with a brain-inspired computer architecture powered by an unprecedented 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses," the IBM website reads. "It is the largest chip IBM has ever built at 5.4 billion transistors, and has an on-chip network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores."
Researchers are calling this "cognitive computing," and were inspired by the human's cerebral cortex. The chip will also require a very small amount of energy to run, about the equivalent of a hearing-aid.
"The architecture can solve a wide class of problems from vision, audition, and multi-sensory fusion, and has the potential to revolutionize the computer industry by integrating brain-like capability into devices where computation is constrained by power and speed," said Dharmendra Modha, an IBM fellow.