A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips
An electronic device called the memristor could be our best hope of making practical chips that borrow design points from the human brain.
Memristors, exotic electronic devices only confirmed to exist in 2008, have been used to create a chip that borrows design points from the brain. The prototype chip did not learn to do anything more difficult than recognize extremely simple black-and-white patterns. But larger, more complex versions might make computers better at understanding speech, images, and the world around them.