A groundbreaking electronic longterm #memory cell could help researchers imitate and better understand the complexities of the human brain.
Built by scientists at the MicroNano Research Facility at #RMIT University in #Melbourne, Australia, the nano memory cell — 10,000 times thinner than a human hair — mimics longterm human memory and the brain’s capacity for storing and processing strands of information.
Hussein Nili, lead author of the study, told Mashable Australia the cell is a significant advancement. Currently, only a single digit can be stored in most electronic memory cells — either a one or zero. He said, “The kind of memory we have designed … allows you to store in a single memory cell, not just one number, but a large range of numbers.”
This means RMIT’s nano memory cell can process information in realtime, mimicking the way a brain computes information. Nili suggested, “If you compare a normal memory cell that we have today to a light switch that you can only turn on and off. This is more like a dimmer.”