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Researchers Develop New Brain-Like Molecular Processor

By ZDNet

April 26, 2010



An international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University have demonstrated a molecular circuit that can evolve continuously to solve complex problems that challenge today's supercomputers.

The massively parallel circuit contains a layer of molecular switches (monolayer) that simultaneously interact in a manner similar to the information processing performed by the neurons in the human brain. That is, they can evolve to tackle complex problems. The abstract of a paper published in Nature Physics, "Massively Parallel Computing on an Organic Molecular Layer," explains:

"Modern computers operate at enormous speeds . . . but their sequential approach to processing . . . has remained unchanged since the 1950s. In contrast, although individual neurons of the human brain fire at around just 103 times per second, the simultaneous collective action of millions of neurons enables them to complete certain tasks more efficiently than even the fastest supercomputer." The molecular processor can also heal itself.

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