On the Rise of an Electronic Species: Thoughts on the Impending Singularity

By Kerry Bernstein

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

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The human brain is vastly more complex that our best supercomputers; yet it can be argued that both systems evolve towards common underlying solutions to fundamental compute problems. Biologically-inspired electronic technologies already are enabling new products, and inversely, nano-electronics is providing elegant tools which equip the life sciences. Perhaps, some day, machines may indeed become organically intelligent, or humans electronically supplemented. In the mean time, this new “electronic species” continues to capture more and more human capability, and gives us a lot to think about. It will be a wild, interdisciplinary ride for future engineers.


Kerry Bernstein Kerry Bernstein is a Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Hts., NY. He is currently Principal Investigator of IBM’s 3D Integration Program. Mr. Bernstein received the B.S degree in electrical engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and joined IBM in 1978. He holds 50 US Patents, and is a co-author of 3 college textbooks and multiple papers on high speed CMOS. His interests are in the area of high performance / low power advanced circuits and technologies. Mr. Bernstein is an IEEE Fellow.

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