As a world leader in 3-dimensional solid state memory chip technology, Samsung and Harvard University have described a future vision in which a ‘neuromorphic chip’ based on 3D memory and with 100 trillion ‘memories’ capacity could store the ~100 billion neurons and ~100 trillion synapse connections of a human brain.
There’s a pretty good summary of what this is all about on Samsung’s own blog, so check it out! Their news release ends with this quote:
“The vision we present is highly ambitious,” said Dr. Ham. “But working toward such a heroic goal will push the boundaries of machine intelligence, neuroscience, and semiconductor technology.”
If you consider one of our previous articles on Google and Harvard’s interactive 3D map of the brain, and this super interesting video from Arstechnica on the process to slice and digitize the brain, this copy->paste process looks a little bit like a one-way, terminal operation for the brain involved, so still quite some way to go before putting one’s brain in a chip becomes an appealing option 😅!
But as always, super interesting to see this glimpse of the future fusion of technology and biology that the 4IR is driving …
(Article cover image courtsey of https://techstory.in/is-it-possible-to-copy-and-paste-the-brain-samsung-electronics-might-have-a-way/)