IBM plans to develop super brainy computer

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IBM plans to develop super brainy computer

IBM is pairing up with leading US universities to build a computer that emulates human brain capabilities.

Big Blue and researchers from the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of California, have been awarded US$4.9m in funds from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency is part of the government’s defense department.

IBM said the team hopes to break the “conventional programmable machine paradigm”.

“The end goal: ubiquitously deployed computers imbued with a new intelligence that can integrate information from a variety of sensors and sources, deal with ambiguity, respond in a context-dependent way, learn over time and carry out pattern recognition to solve difficult problems based on perception, action and cognition in complex, real world environments,” said an IBM statement.

The research will emerge during the next nine months, IBM said.

“We believe that our cognitive computing initiative will help shape the future of computing in a significant way, bringing to bear new technologies that we haven’t even begun to imagine,” added Josephine Cheng, IBM fellow and researcher.
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