Latest Tech Breakthrough: Artificial Synapse Makes Computers Work Like Human Brains

Feb 22, 2017 08:50 AM EST | Leian N.

Technological innovations had been surfacing like clockwork these days. However, since artificial intelligence and machine learning had been introduced, no one had been able to make the computer work like a human brain as significantly as it could. Therefore, the artificial synapse developed by researchers have been found to be the latest technological breakthrough yet.

A team of researchers from Stanford University and National Laboratories have created the first artificial synapse that could mimic the real synapses a human brain could in learning information from signals they received. Although computers could already process information and store memory in separate processes, the latest development makes the computer create a memory by processing information, reported Digital Trends.

According to Alberto Salleo, the associate professor involved with the Stanford team, what they developed created a distinct family of devices because the type of architecture they created had never been introduced to the world. In fact, the key metrics of the artificial synapse worked like a transistor by utilizing electricity between two terminals controlled by an excessive terminal. 

The uses of the artificial synapse were lodged at creating computers that are capable of responding to information transferred by auditory and visual stimuli the same way the human brain processes it. In fact, it is the only technology that can work in a neural network by using thousands of measurements from prototype experiments.

In other news, Engadget reported that the brain-like computers will be powered by battery-like hardware from two flexible films whose terminals are connected through salt water electrolyte. Its aim would be to create neural networks capable of accomplishing real computing tasks with a high level of accuracy and recognize the handwritten numbers. However, these features can only be expected from the prototype if it would be trained on three data sets similar to how the brain would process the given information.

The artificial synapse produced by the research team had been considered a major development, the first of its kind, that can transform computers into learners and function like a human brain. How do you think will this innovation affect robotics and technological gadgets in the future? Will this create human-like robots in the future?

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