2011. "These days at the I.B.M. Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., there is not a lot of talk of reverse-engineering the brain. Wide-ranging ambitions that narrow over time, Dr. Modha explained, are part of research and discovery, even if his earlier rhetoric was inflated or misunderstood.
“Deciding what not to do is just as important as deciding what to do,” Dr. Modha said. “We’re not trying to replicate the brain. That’s impossible. We don’t know how the brain works, really.” "
“chip-first as an organizing principle gave us a coherent plan.”
"In designing chips that bear some structural resemblance to the brain, so-called neuromorphic chips, neuroscience was a guiding principle as well. Brains are low-power, nimble computing mechanisms — real-world proof that it is possible."