DARPA New weapons systems to mimic human brain

New weapons systems to mimic human brain

New weapons systems to mimic human brain

WEAPONS systems with the intelligence of human brains could be reality soon, if Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gets its way.

DARPA has announced that it is working to build electronic neural architectures that can learn, adapt and respond to situations on the battlefield.

Currently, unmanned systems and electronic devices can collect and process information according to their programming.

DARPA’s Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (aptly shortened to SyNAPSE) program aims to develop biological-scale neuromorphic electronic systems that mimic important functions of a human brain.

Applications for neuromorphic electronics include robotic and manned systems, and sensory and integration applications such as image processing.

These human brain-inspired electronic systems will understand, adapt and respond to information in fundamentally different ways than traditional computers.

Unlike current computers with distinct processor and memory units, these new systems will, like the brain, be organised as an intimate and distributed web of very simple processors (neurons) and memory (synapses) that spontaneously communicate and learn their functions.

SyNAPSE is developing integrated circuits with high densities of electronic devices and integrated communication networks that approximate the function and connectivity of neurons and synapses.

The DARPA program has also developed tools to support this specific area of hardware development such as circuit design tools, large-scale computer simulations of hardware function, and virtual training environments that can test and benchmark these systems.

Thus far, the program has developed nanometer-scale synaptic components capable of adapting the connection strength between two electronic neurons, and simulating utility of these components in core microcircuits that support the overall system architecture.

Goals for the upcoming phase include chip-fabrication process development, design and validation of single-chip systems, and demonstration of these systems in virtual environments that emphasize behavioural tasks related to navigation and perception.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s