Computer chip in the making that outperforms the human brain. Image: Pixabay
New artificial synapse works faster than synapses in the brain

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA) have developed a superconducting switch that works like a natural synapse in the brain , but a lot faster. It is designed to connect processors (like connecting brain cells) and to store memory (synaptic plasticity) in future computers that operate like the human brain. Like a synapse, the switch integrates multiple bits of information in stead of only 1 or 0 bits, processes this, and fires a burst of electricity depending on the outcome of information processing. Technical hurdles need to be taken, however, before the switch can be used for real computing.

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