IBM has unveiled a brain-inspired computer prototype powered by “electronic blood.” By learning from nature, the firm is building computers fueled and cooled by a special liquid, just like humans’ cardiovascular system.
BBC News reports that IBM aims to match the way the brain packs phenomenal computing power into a small space using only 20 watts of energy. The new “redox flow” system pumps an electrolyte “blood” through the computer, sending power in and taking heat out.
At IBM’s Zurich lab this week, a basic model was demonstrated by Dr Patrick Ruch and Dr Bruno Michel. Michel told BBC News:
We want to fit a supercomputer inside a sugarcube. To do that, we need a paradigm shift in electronics – we need to be motivated by our brain. The human brain is 10,000 times more dense and efficient than any computer today. That’s possible because it uses only one – extremely efficient – network of capillaries and blood vessels to transport heat and energy – all at the same time.