Scientists from IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose are working on a computer chip called Synapse, which can learn from what it sees. The chip first learned to play the classic video game in March, but it failed miserably. But weeks later, things changed and became nearly unbeatable.
According to an SFGate report, Synapse was designed to learn through experience, find correlations, create hypotheses and remember outcomes. As the size of the chip becomes smaller, it will be easier to embed them in everyday objects. Thus there is a bright future for interaction between computer and user.
The report quoted Steve Esser, one of three scientists teaching Synapse, as saying, “Computers were originally designed to solve math problems, and that’s what they’re really good at – symbolic computation. Anything that involves visual processing, , or speech processing – they can do it, but they’re just not very good at it.”