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Singularity Update: New Chip Imitates Brain

According to an article in Technology Review, European scientists have created a silicon chip that comes close to the human brain’s “structure and function.”

In fact, in some ways, it exceeds the performance of the human brain.

The prototype was created by scientists at the Heidelberg University of Germany. The design features 200,000 neurons that are linked to 50 million synapses.

Researchers say that the chip works 100,000 times faster than a brain.

While the jury is still out on how the performance of the prototype will hold up, it’s a sign that AI researchers are getting close to that threshold where computer intelligence will match or beat human performance, at least technically speaking.

Other hurdles remain, but the trek to the Singularity continues.