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August 06, 2009

Synapse Project to Make an Artificial Human Brain Gets $16 million more from DARPA

IBM this week got an additional $16.1 million from DARPA for its Synapse project to make a computer hardware version of a human brain.

The Synapse project : ‘SyNAPSE’ is a backronym and stands for Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics. The stated purpose is to “investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in neuromorphic electronic devices that are scalable to biological levels.”



While SyNAPSE basically seeks to replicate human brain function, DARPA has another project that seeks to develop an artificial intelligence system that can read, learn and develop knowledge about all manner of digital material in a quick, cost effective way. BBN Technology recently got $29.7 million to develop a prototype machine reading system that transforms prose into knowledge that can be interpreted by an artificial intelligence application.



FURTHER READING

the DARPA synapse project website

Brain on a chip project roundup from Hplusmagazine
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