This is your brain; this is your brain on phase-change materials
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  1. #1
    Jan 2006
    Houston, TX
    CTX3030, Excalibur II, V3i, TRX
    206 times
    Metal Detecting

    This is your brain; this is your brain on phase-change materials

    Who knows...your detector may be talking to you about tactics someday soon...

    Brain-Like Computing a Step Closer to Reality
    ScienceDaily (June 24, 2011) The development of 'brain-like' computers has taken a major step forward with the publication of research led by the University of Exeter...

    ...involved the first ever demonstration of simultaneous information processing and storage using phase-change materials...

    ...Computers currently deal with processing and memory separately, resulting in a speed and power 'bottleneck' caused by the need to continually move data around. This is totally unlike anything in biology, for example in human brains, where no real distinction is made between memory and computation. To perform these two functions simultaneously the University of Exeter research team used phase-change materials, a kind of semi-conductor that exhibits remarkable properties...

    ...Their study demonstrates conclusively that phase-change materials can store and process information simultaneously. It also shows experimentally for the first time that they can perform general-purpose computing operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. More strikingly perhaps it shows that phase-change materials can be used to make artificial neurons and synapses. This means that an artificial system made entirely from phase-change devices could potentially learn and process information in a similar way to our own brains...

    ..."Our findings have major implications for the development of entirely new forms of computing, including 'brain-like' computers. We have uncovered a technique for potentially developing new forms of 'brain-like' computer systems that could learn, adapt and change over time. This is something that researchers have been striving for over many years."...

  2. #2
    Dec 2007
    50 times

    Re: This is your brain; this is your brain on phase-change materials

    Great, now my puter will be able to laugh through my headset as I stare at the BSOD. ( )
    "Carelessness, overconfidence and arrogance are our greatest enemies."



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