Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Neurosynaptic Chip – Intelligence in Everyday Stuff

IBM neurosynaptic chip (IBM Research)

IBM neurosynaptic chip (IBM Research)

If you want a computer that works like a living brain you need to build it with the processes of living organisms.  That’s the notion underlying neuromorphic engineering, a field of computer science that draws inspiration from biological nervous systems. Conceived in the late 1980s, it’s a fundamental departure from conventional computer designs and it’s shown some big advances lately. A research team announced the creation of a “neurosynaptic” chip that works much like the human brain, and it could be the necessary enabler for the next generation of smart technologies.

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Magic Mountain – The Engineering of Palomar Observatory

Hale Telescope (Caltech)

Hale Telescope (Caltech)

Time spent around the physical artifacts of discovery – laboratories, museum displays, university offices – can provoke questions about how advances are really made: Who is most responsible for new scientific knowledge?  And who gets the credit?  Is the breakthrough in the mind or in the tool that made it possible?

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