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Intel Kicks Processors into the Next Generation with 'Cognitive Computing'

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Aug 20, 2011 • References: blogs.wsj and bits.blogs.nytimes
Because most information technology is modeled after our own neuro-mechanics, Intel researchers have developed a processor that uses "cognitive computing," allowing machines to learn, develop autonomously and co-ordinate separate ideas together.

30 years ago, Intel launched their first line of processors, completely transforming the way all modern computers behave. Today, after receiving a $41 million grant from DARPA, Big Blue is prepared to throw the tech world, and society in general, into upheaval once again. Compared to our brains' 1 trillion neurons, the cognitive computing processors only sport a paltry 256 virtual neurons, although it's enough to crunch huge numbers and produce photo-realistic images.

Beyond the understandably scary implications of machines that capable of learning, project lead Dharmendra Modha explains that the new processors can sense real-world changes like motion and temperature increases, making them less fragile and more versatile. I can almost here the Terminators marching here!