There's a general misconception that computers are faster than human brains. Well, let us burst your bubble. They are not! In fact, even a seemingly unintelligent mouse's brain works 9,000 times faster than a normal personal computer.
This massive disparity in the computing abilities of man and machine could get a lot less in the near future though if Stanford University's bioengineers are to be believed.
The team of bioengineers at Stanford’s Brains in Silicon Lab claim to have developed a revolutionary circuit board that imitates the functionality of a human brain.
To start with, they have developed a new kind of chip called "Neurocores", which can simulate more than 6,000 individual neurons and synaptics to produce computing that is at a far greater speed than we're used to seeing. To mimic the computational structure of our brains, they then interlinked 16 such chips to form a motherboard they call "Neurogrid" – which can simulate 1 million neurons and synaptic connections in billions.
In addition to it being super efficient and fast, this groundbreaking invention consumes 100,000 times less power than a normal PC does. Moreover, despite the network of neurocores operating on it, the entire grid is no bigger than a normal motherboard, which makes it even more amazing.
The technology is still at a very early stage, but when perfected, it could open up new avenues in the fields of robotics and computing. Let's hope none of those avenues involve the creation of evil self-aware artificial intelligence systems like the one in the Terminator movie series.
Check out the video down below to know more about Neurogrids: