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Silicon Brains That Think as Fast as a Fly Can Smell

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Neuromorphic chip

Silicon chip designed to mimic the features and functions of a brain cell.

Credit: Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

Researchers in Germany have discovered what they say is a way to get computers to do more than execute all the steps of a problem-solving calculation as fast as possible—by getting them to imitate the human brain's habit of finding shortcuts to the right answer.

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