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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Introducing - FACETS: Making Computers Work Like Brains

Singularity Hub - April 13, 2009, by Aaron Saenz

FACETS’ neural hardware simulates the processing power of the brain’s neurons and synapses. The next stage of the chip will act like 200,000 neurons and 50 million synapses.

How can you get a computer to solve problems like a brain? How does the brain even solve problems to begin with? Below is an indepth look into FACETS, a groundbreaking consortium of European scientists and engineers that are taking long strides to bridging the gap between your brain and your PC. Give them enough time and money, and these cutting edge researchers may have a computer that doesn’t just act like a human…it will think like a human, too.

What is FACETS? What is it doing?

Fast Analog Computing with Emergent Transient States — with a daunting acronym that only a scientist could love, FACETS is a group of over 75 researchers with more than 10.5 million Euros to spend on tackling one major issue: finding out how the brain solves problems and getting computers to work in the same way. They’re part of the larger Future Emerging Technology (FET) and Information Society Technology (IST), some of Europe’s heaviest hitters in computation.

Why do we want computers that think like brains? Electrical signals in computers are faster than neurons, but brains have better strategies at solving big problems. You don’t race your calculator in addition competitions, but you also don’t ask a computer when you should get married. If we want computers that emulate human brain intelligence, we can’t just use brute force (make computers that are faster and more power hungry). We need to make computers that work in a completely different way from the ground up, replicating the amazing power, efficiency, and parallel processing of the brain.

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