IBM Develops SyNAPSE Software Based on Brain Power

minddata(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – IBM has a new way to harness the power of the human brain: Turn it into programming software.

On Thursday, the technology giant announced the software ecosystem for its SyNAPSE chips, tech components the company says are “inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain.”

IBM notes SyNAPSE chips could help intelligent sensor networks mimic the human brain in areas such as cognition, perception and action.

“Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM’s new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today’s von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures,” stated IBM via a press release.

Components of the programming cycle include things like a simulator, neuron model, programming model, library and a laboratory.

Noting that human eyes consume over one Terabyte of data per day, IBM said sensor could help “gather and interpret large-scale volumes of data to signal how many individuals are ahead of the user, distance to an upcoming curb, number of vehicles in a given intersection, height of a ceiling or length of a crosswalk.”

IBM has yet to build the computer system’s hardware, however. Based on small neurosynaptic cores, a simulation of the system is currently stored on IBM’s “Blue Gene” supercomputers, according to a report from Forbes.

The company was expected to provide an overview of the announcement at this month’s International Join Conference on Neural Networks in Dallas.