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One of the worst fears the people might have of robots would probably be if one day they end up replacing us, sometime in the future.

Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie? Maybe not, with this computer chip that is able to mimic the human brain’s ability to learn new tasks.

Researchers at MIT have unveiled a chip that can do what us human brains can do, with our brains neurons being able to adapt to new information (known as the neuroplasticity). The researchers believe that this chip will be able to help neuroscientists learn more about how the brain works, like learning and memory.

The chip is able to simulate brain activity of a single synapse, a connection between two neurons that allow for information to flow to each other, through its 400 transistors.

Not only is the chip anticipated to let us learn more about how the brain works, it could also potentially be used in artificial prosthetic devices, such as artificial retinas. Imagine that one day this technology could restore proper sight to the blind.

The chip works in analog, simulating the brain, which means that the system could work much faster than digital computers. Even on high-end computer systems, simulating a simple brain function takes days. As with an analog chip, the simulation can go even faster than its biological counterpart.

I think this is the breakthrough that people have been waiting for. It looks to be able to shed more light on how our brains work. Perhaps even create an ‘artificial’ brain that can download data. I certainly wouldn’t be too surprised if it happens one day!

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