While it is by no means a human brain, and while chips with this sort of circuitry can't run your typical (deterministic!) apps and consumer goodies efficiently, it should lead to some fascinating applications in prediction models, simulations, weather forecasting, and perhaps even teaching computers emotional intelligence one day.
IBM cracks open a new era of computing with brain-like chip: 4096 cores, 1 million neurons, 5.4 billion transistors | ExtremeTech
Scientists at IBM Research have created by far the most advanced neuromorphic (brain-like) computer chip to date. The chip, called TrueNorth, consists of 1 million programmable neurons 256 million programmable synapses spread out across 4096 individual neurosynaptic cores. Built on Samsung’s 28nm process and with a monstrous transistor count of 5.4 billion, this is one of the largest and most advanced computer chips ever made. Perhaps most import…