Continue Reading "Artificial Neurons, A Hardware Problem First"
Always have been fascinated by our brain’s plasticity; neurons are constantly rebuilding and creating new connections to reflect a person’s current activities and needs!
The Neuron Machine
It is very hard for a binary rigid based computer as most of these connections are soldered or wired. Little to no advances have been made on a system that can “restructure” itself as our brains do (there are respectful efforts made, but on a bigger and limited scale).
Although it is possible to mimic the “physical” process by using switches in order to create new connections, it would still be hard to approach the number of connections a neuron can have. The average number of synaptic connections a neuron has in the human brain is 7000! To emulate that on current computers, we’d need a machine just to manage the connections for the secondary “neuron” machine ( I’m not even considering bottlenecks on the bus lines!).