IBM researchers get closer to brain-like computing

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IBM (s ibm) researchers say they have whipped up a programming language, algorithms and applications to deploy on top of a computing system inspired by the human brain.

This is the latest progress IBM and collaborating groups have made for a little project from the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) dubbed Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or SyNAPSE.

“It’s a very modest goal — it’s to build a brain-like computer,” said Dharmendra Modha, principal investigator and senior manager at IBM Research.

In recent years, Modha and his fellow researchers have simulated a brain larger than a cat cortex and built chips that function like a human brain (pictured), adapting in response to new information in real time.

Simulating a brain in software

Researchers have since developed a massively parallel, multi-threaded software simulator for its brain-like architecture. The simulation covers 2 billion neurosynaptic cores all connected…

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Tesla, fast charging and why it’s getting inconvenient for future EV drivers

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If we’ve learned anything over the past couple months about Tesla (s TSLA), it’s that the company is concerned about range anxiety, particularly as it heads into the next couple years in which it’ll try to make a splash in the mass market. It opened the summer by demoing battery swapping technology in the Model S and most recently has aggressively pursued those with access to retail and commercial parking space in a quest to put 98 percent of U.S. drivers within range of a supercharger by the end of 2015.

Tesla Model STesla is willing to foot the entire $100,000 to $175,000 bill of installing superchargers in public venues. The prospective “supercharger hosts” don’t have to do much. Tesla covers the costs, including electricity, construction and ongoing maintenance. All the real estate provider has to do is agree…

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GM’s plan to turn the car into a smartphone on wheels

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At CES in January both Ford(s f) and General Motors(s gm) unveiled their connected car open development plans, but the two automakers couldn’t have been different in how they followed up. Ford immediately started pumping out new apps for its Sync AppLink platform, but GM kept quiet. It opened up its new developer portal to registrants, and that’s it; except for a promise to show us the fruits of its labors this fall in a few of its model year 2014 vehicles.

Despite GM’s silence, though, there’s been a lot of activity going behind the scenes in its Detroit headquarters. I recently sat down with GM’s developer ecosystem director Nick Pudar, and he detailed an ambitious and extensive plan to open up future Chevys, Buicks and Cadillacs to the development community.

GM’s not just talking about letting audio streaming and simple location-based services apps into the dashboard, it’s planning to…

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