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As technology continues to evolve, robotics has become an increasingly important part of our lives. To address this challenge, researchers are turning to neuromorphic computing, a technology that mimics the structure and function of the human brain.
What is Neuromorphic Computing?
Neuromorphic computing is a technology that uses electronic circuits to mimic the way neurons in the human brain process information. By mimicking the brain, neuromorphic computing has the potential to make robots smarter and more capable of interacting with humans.
The Challenges of Neuromorphic Computing
One of the biggest challenges is creating circuits that can accurately mimic the way neurons in the brain process information.
A New Neuromorphic Strategy
Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich in Switzerland has developed a new strategy for neuromorphic computing that could address some of these challenges.
The Building Blocks of the Brain
The researchers focused on a particular part of the brain called the neocortex, which is responsible for many of our cognitive abilities, including language, perception, and decision-making. The neocortex is made up of layers of neurons that are organized into columns.
The Neuromorphic Strategy
The team’s approach is to create small neuromorphic circuits that mimic the structure and function of neocortical columns. The researchers believe that this approach will make it easier to create circuits that accurately mimic the way neurons in the brain process information.
Potential Benefits of the New Strategy
The new strategy has several potential benefits for the field of robotics. One benefit is that it could make it easier to create robots that can learn and adapt to new situations. By mimicking the way the brain processes information, these robots could learn from experience and improve their performance over time.