Samsung is working on technology to increase the efficiency of existing neuromorphic chips. This would involve copying a brain map and then transferring it to the processor.
The South Korean company’s engineers plan to use a matrix of nanoelectrodes to integrate the brain’s neural circuitry into a three-dimensional network of high-density solid-state memory. Theoretically, this would lead to a chip with high computational performance and low power consumption. In addition, such a device would demonstrate learning capabilities, adaptability to the environment and decision-making skills that are not available with current technology.
Although the idea seems simple, implementation would require a lot of time and a real technological breakthrough. The researchers point out that the human brain has around 100 billion neurons, with trillions of sympathetic connections between them. This means that attempting to embody the brain in silicon would require at least 100 trillion memory units. Samsung officials are optimistic but are not yet ready to give a timeline for when such a chip will be created.
The vision we are presenting is very ambitious. Working towards such a heroic goal will push the boundaries of machine intelligence, neuroscience and semiconductor technology,” say the scientists.