A step towards an artificial brain

Neuromorphic computing.

In an advancement that seems straight out of a science fiction novel, an international team of scientists has taken a giant leap towards the creation of an artificial brain.

This team, consisting of experts from Purdue University, the University of California San Diego, and the prestigious École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris, has developed a new type of hardware that mimics the functions of human synapses, according to a study published in “Advanced Electronic Materials.”

École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris.

The heart of this innovation lies in vanadium oxides, a material that has proven crucial in mimicking artificial neurons and synapses. This discovery paves the way for neuromorphic computing, a field that seeks to replicate the efficiency and processing style of the human brain.

One of the most notable features of this technology is its energy efficiency, a critical aspect in the era of climate change. Moreover, these neuromorphic architectures not only consume less energy but also possess advanced learning and pattern recognition capabilities, more faithfully emulating brain function.

Quantum Materials for Neuromorphic Computing | Alexandre Zimmers. Quantum Coffe House.

What truly sets this advancement apart is the discovery of a new type of non-volatile memory in vanadium oxides. This memory, activated by temperature cycles, accumulates throughout the entire material, a feature that challenges traditional notions of how memory is stored in electronic devices.