Could IBM’s true north chip be conscious?

IBM unveiled yesterday the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this fully functional and production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes a minuscule 70mW—orders of magnitude less power than a modern microprocessor.

The scary side of all this is the idea that the chip may be capable of consciousness! Here is a piece on the innovative science behind consciousness in computers and other ideas for innovation in science.

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