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May 2, 2011 / Martijn

Synthetic synapse with carbon nanotubes

Engineering researchers at the University of Southern California have built a carbon nanotube circuit that reproduces the function of a neural synapse.“This is a necessary first step in the process,” said Professor Alice Parker, who began the complex project of looking at the possibility of developing a synthetic brain in 2006.“We wanted to answer the question: Can you build a circuit that would act like a neuron?,” she said.“The next step is even more complex. How can we build structures out of these circuits that mimic the neuron, and eventually the function of the brain, which has 100 billion neurons and 10,000 synapses?”

via USC engineers build synthetic synapse with carbon nanotubes | KurzweilAI.

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