Researchers create an artificial brain synapse

11/17/2011 | Engadget

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a computer processor that has all the functions of a single human brain synapse. The chip mimics a brain function called "plasticity" -- which refers to how neurons adapt to new information -- and contains about 400 transistors, giving it the potential to process data even faster than the biological version. The scientists say the breakthrough may lead to an array of medical applications, including neural prosthetic devices.

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