This impressive research endeavor is termed ‘cognitive computing’ and will incorporate the knowledge of neurobiologists, computer and materials’ scientists and psychologists. Realizing the potential of the application that could be utilized for large-scale data analysis, decision making or even image recognition, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding what is known as the SyNAPSE program with a $4.9 million grant.
Modha adds that only recently has the technology increased sufficiently to match the density of neurons and synapses in real brains – around 10 billion to one square centimeter. This technology makes problem solving potentially limitless. In other words, these supercomputers could free computers from the constraints of explicitly programmed functions. The computer would collect incongruent data and evaluate the data based on previous occurrences. This would then be formed into a class of memory, and the computer would naturally perform decisions based on the process of what we humans call thinking.
TFOT has previously written about The New ‘Chatter Box’, a powerful super computer that will try to mimic the part of the brain that controls speech and language functions. TFOT also covered DARPA’s Super Scope – a new high resolution scope technology that will extend the range of viable image recognition and reduce atmospheric interference.