Jun 082014

human brain

Despite advances in computing, today’s computers remain far less efficient than the 3-lb. (2.3-kg) hunk of matter in our skulls. But a new microchip modeled on the human brain is much faster and more efficient than a typical computer, researchers report.

The microchip — called “Neurogrid” — could open up windows into understanding the human brain and developing new forms of computing patterned after brain circuits. Researchers are now investigating how these chips could be used to control prosthetic limbs.

Not only are personal computers slower, they take 40,000 times more power than the brain to run.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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