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IBM Eyes Brain-Like Computing 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the why-did-you-program-me-to-feel-pain? dept.
schliz writes "IBM's research director John E Kelly III has delivered an academic lecture in Australia, outlining its 'cognitive computing' aims and efforts as the 70-year 'programmable computing' era comes to a close. He spoke about Watson — the 'glimpse' of cognitive computing that beat humans at Jeopardy! in Feb — and efforts to mimic biological neurons and synapses on 'multi-state' chips. Computers that function like brains, he said, are needed to make sense of exascale data centers of the future."
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IBM Eyes Brain-Like Computing

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  • Watson rules! (Score:2, Informative)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @10:44PM (#37709718) Homepage

    Just Google for the PBS Nova episode on Watson. It's not self-aware, but if it was, he would have HAL today! Mind blowing achievement that I think gets little attention. If only we could pair the Siri interface with Watson, and have him tie back to Google, Wikipedia, and Wolfram Alpha, the amount of discoveries we could make would happen in weeks if not days.

    I'm convinced this will be the case. The logic is almost there, and the hardware just needs a few more generations to shrink them into a home PC. But oh-my-God... would this not turn the global economy upside down and inside out? It would bust open entire paradigm shifts more so that what the Internet has done in the last 10 years alone. Scary and exciting at the same time.

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