Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I can has a Cheeseburger?!

Hand it to Big Blue.... They now have a supercomputer that simulates a cat's cerebral cortex, albeit one hundred times slower than a real life hairball. Suprisingly -- to this cat owner at least -- the IBM machine has 147,456 processors and 144 terabytes of memory. Seems an awful lot for a SIM Pussy.

Previous attempts by IBM have simulated 40 percent of a mouse's brain in 2006. They managed a rat's full brain in 2007. Unlike Renfield, they've apparently skipped past the flies and spiders.

So, what's it like having a computer that simulates one billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses?

  1. It's hard to wake up after it goes into hibernation mode.
  2. Wireless mice keep disappearing
  3. You have a computer that can lick its own I/O ports.
  4. You have to program it in LOLSpeak.
  5. It REALLY hogs your bed.