These brain-inspired designs are known collectively as ‘neuromorphic computing’. Even the most advanced computers don’t come close to the human brain — or even most mammal brains — but our grey matter can give engineers and developers a few pointers on how to make computing infrastrastructure more efficient, by mimicking the brain’s own synapses and neurones.
Neuromorphic computing could lead to a far more integrated collaborative technology industry, one where computing becomes an end-to-end system design problem. Greater collaboration with neuroscientists seems likely, because the brain has far more to tell us about what computing could do better, particularly around algorithms.
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