Ever since the first warehouse-sized IBMs appeared on the scene, the unattainable holy grail of computer science has always been a man-made machine that mimics the complexity of the human brain. Well, scientists at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science at Tsukuba, which is sadly unaffiliated with Tsukuba Circuit, have discovered the secret. And as it turns out, the answer is “like a small car,” says researcher Anirban Bandyopadhyay.
This new brain-like computer is only the size of 17 molecules, yet can perform 1000 times the calculations of a modern transistor. We won’t even begin to pretend that we understand the rest of this article, and quite frankly, we don’t even see how this blob of molecules resembles a vehicle, but we’ll take the scientists’ word for it. Dang, we always knew that small cars from Japan held the keys to the human mind!