IBM is trying to get the federal government more interested in neuroscience-inspired computing.
The company recently conducted the second of two congressional briefings about its emerging cognitive computing technology--individual chips built to mimic the human brain. IBM notes the chips are modeled after neurons and can be linked to increase computing power.
An expert from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) says the technology could be useful in biomedical research, especially for detailed analysis of patterns in DNA. Today "that requires a supercomputer...but with this new technology, we'll be able to put those capabilities into every [intensive care unit], every hospital in the country," says LLNL program director James Brase.
LLNL also works with anthropologists at Georgetown University to model why families are forced to migrate, and these models become more refined as the team collects more data--climate measurement data and news reporting, for example--and uses more powerful computing technology.
Argonne National Laboratory director Peter Littlewood notes the U.S. Department of Energy does not conduct neuroscience work, but many research programs fall under the purview of its national labs.
IBM plans to host a neuroscience computing boot camp for government employees and academics in early August.
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