A computer that stores and processes data in a single chip is able to tell apart different people’s handwriting.

Professor Shahar Kvatinsky, of the Technion, in Haifa, says combining its RAM and CPU allows it to function much more like a human brain, and opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

To demonstrate its capabilities, he and his team presented the chip with different examples of handwritten letters. The chip learned which one was which with each example, and achieved a 97 per cent accuracy in recognition.

“We like to describe a computer as a ‘brain’, but entirely separate hardware for storing information and for using it is not how an organic brain works,” said Prof Kvatinsky.

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