IBM unveils new concept for a future brain-like computer fed by electronic blood
IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls “electronic blood,” BBC News reports. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fueled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. The human brain packs phenomenal computing power into a tiny space and uses only 20 watts of energy – an efficiency IBM is keen to match. Its new “redox flow” system pumps an electrolyte “blood” through a computer, carrying power in and taking heat out. A very basic model was demonstrated this week at IBM’s Zurich lab by Dr. Patrick Ruch and Dr. Bruno Michel.