This is some very cool and inspiring work being done at IBM. I loved the cognitive psychology course I took in grad school, so I’m excited to see research on the human brain being applied to chip design. Of particular interest to me is seeing that research applied to computer vision. I think it’s fascinating that the visual system begins with such basic building blocks: is this ganglion sensing light or not? is this group of ganglions sensing a line of light or dark? and so on, building upon these low-level sensings to recognize complex shapes like trees, dogs, and human faces. All very cool stuff. And considering another article I read recently about a 13-year-old who improved solar cell placement efficiency by studying trees, maybe biomimicry is a good place to start.