This is a brilliant step forward with a truly awful name. These things look like a comb. I'm going to call them combs. I look forward to the day that "memristor" is the answer to a trivia question and "comb" or some other easily pronounced replacement name is what we teach to the freshmen.
I was wondering about human consciousness in machines after reading about the memristor. I remember something about a Nobel Prize in the mid 1970's which predicted that once a certain threshold of synapic activity happens, that consciousness is obtained. I have also been reading about a new breakthough in electronics (fourth element in integrated circuits) called memristor. It is suppose to memic the synapsic connections in the brain.
Putting these two items together makes me wonder if it is possible to develop consciousness using memristor technology. I read that memristor technology could one day lead to computer systems that can remember and associate patterns in a way similar to how people do. This could be used to substantially improve facial recognition technology or to provide more complex biometric recognition systems that could more effectively restrict access to personal information. These same pattern-matching capabilities could enable appliances that learn from experience and computers that can make decisions. I have no knowledge of these matters but wonder what the future brings.
A quick google of "memistor" shows JPL developed one in 1990. Why didn't the author mention it?
Title: Solid-state thin-film memistor for electronic neural networks
Abstract: This paper reports on a tungsten-oxide-based, nonvolatile, electrically reprogrammable, variable resistance device as an analog synaptic memory connection for electronic neural networks. A voltage controlled, reversible injection of H(+) ions in electrochromic thin films of WO3 is utilized to modulate its resistance. A hygroscopic thin film of Cr2O3 is the source of H(+) ions. The resistance of the device can be tailored and stabilized over a wide dynamic range (about 4 orders of magnitude), and the programming speed is modulated by the control voltage. The suitability of such a device in terms of its response speed, reversibility, stability, and cyclability for its use in electronic neural networks is discussed.
Very interesting - too late the save the planet though, with all that "now proven" unecessary leakage current out there.
Now we just need the evolutionists to admit their theories are wrong too, hopefully that will be 30 rather than 2000 years