Imagine a microchip that reacts to new information the way the human brain does. IBM announces development on technology that can do this.

The technology has been hailed as a move towards “cognitive computing”, allowing machines to perform human-like functions such as recognition and learning.

“Imagine traffic lights that can integrate sights, sounds and smells and flag unsafe intersections before disaster happens or imagine cognitive co-processors that turn servers, laptops, tablets, and phones into machines that can interact better with their environments,” said Dharmendra Modha, the leader of the SyNAPSE project, a collaboration with American universities that has so far received $20m in funding from DARPA, the Pentagon’s technology research arm. Christopher Williams/The Telegraph.

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