Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Brain-Like Computing

PostedAugust 7, 2011

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Randy Atkins: The human brain packs incredibly nimble learning and processing power into a relatively small space, using tiny amounts of energy. Duygu Kuzum, of Stanford University, says today's digital computers will never really compare for a wide variety of tasks.

Duygu Kuzum: If you do brain simulation in real time using powerful supercomputers, it will basically require a dedicated nuclear power plant.

Randy Atkins: Kuzum is part of a team engineering devices that mimic the versatile signaling strengths, learning ability, and size of the connections between nerve cells in the brain.

Duygu Kuzum: We try to extend the capabilities of information technology beyond digital logic.

Randy Atkins: The devices may also give us a better understanding of our brains. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.