The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) plans to acquire an IBM TrueNorth neurosynaptic processor, the most powerful brain-inspired microchip yet developed. The lab plans to use the chip for machine learning, artificial intelligence, neural network and other research. Unveiled Aug. 7 and developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), TrueNorth has a brain-inspired computing architecture powered by 1 million electronic "neurons" and 256 million electronic ...

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