Neu­ro­mor­phic Chips

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GPUs are also far from the only way to run these neu­ral net­work al­go­rithms. Back in 2014, IBM un­veiled its latest chip, a piece of sil­i­cone inspired by the hu­man brain, as part of DARPA’s Sy­NAPSE pro­gram. IBM wanted to cre­ate a chip that could ex­cel at things com­put­ers were tra­di­tion­ally bad at, but which hu­mans could do ef­fort­lessly – pat­tern recog­ni­tion and the pro­cess­ing of im­ages, sound, and sen­sory data. So while GPUs are ca­pa­ble of han­dling brain-inspired deep learn­ing al­go­rithms, the Sy­NAPSE chip at­tempted to em­u­late the brain’s ar­chi­tec­ture, to­gether with its dense net­work of neu­rons and synapses, from the hard­ware up.

This year, IBM show­cased a new ap­pli­ca­tion for the chip, now dubbed TrueNorth. It had in­te­grated 48 of these chips into a sin­gle sys­tem to mimic a 48-mil­lion neu­ron ro­dent brain, cre­at­ing an ex­ceed­ingly ef­fi­cient way of ex­e­cut­ing neu­ral net­works. Be­cause it

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