15 November 2011

New computer chip models how neurons communicate with each other at synapses.

Fabricated analog very-large-scale integration (VLSI) chip used to mimic neuronal processes involved in memory and learning. Image: Guy Rachmuth

For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain’s talent for learning new tasks.

MIT researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by designing a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. This phenomenon, known as plasticity, is believed to underlie many brain functions, including learning and memory.

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