New Research From MIT Reveals Computer Chip That Mimics Human Learning and Memory

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HEALTHeME CEO is Lead Author in Ground-Breaking Brain Plasticity Paper Published Today in Leading Scientific Journal

Dr. Guy Rachmuth

Another potential application is building chips that can interface with biological systems.

HEALTHeME CEO Dr. Guy Rachmuth has earned international recognition for his collaborative research at Harvard-MIT, which will be featured in a landmark paper to be published in a renowned science journal this week.

HEALTHeME, based in Durham, was founded by Rachmuth in 2009 and focuses on health and wellness technology for consumers.

Along with a team of researchers, Dr. Rachmuth helped to design a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. This groundbreaking research on how a brain learns and remembers will be unveiled this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

The MIT researchers plan to use their chip to build systems to model specific neural functions, such as the visual processing system. Such systems could be much faster than digital computers. Even on high-capacity systems, it takes hours or days to simulate a simple brain circuit. With the analog chip system, the simulation is even faster than the biological system.

Dr. Rachmuth said that another potential application is building chips that can interface with biological systems. This could be useful in enabling communication between neural prosthetic devices such as artificial retinas and the brain. These chips could eventually become building blocks for artificial intelligence devices, said Dr. Rachmuth.

Chi-Sang Poon, principal research scientist in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology is the senior author of the research paper. Dr. Rachmuth is a former post-graduate in Dr. Poon’s lab and is the paper’s lead author. Other authors are Mark Bear, the Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT and Harel Shouval of the University of Texas Medical School.

About Dr. Guy Rachmuth
Harvard trained neuroscientist Dr. Guy Rachmuth, co-founder of HEALTHeME, develops the algorithms and artificial learning capabilities of the HEALTHeME engine. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in biomedical engineering with a focus on neuroplasticity – how the brain rewires and adapts in response to experience. He is a research affiliate at the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).

HEALTHeME is dedicated to health and wellness technology that helps people improve their health everyday well-being. HEALTHeME’s proprietary technology combines clinical advice, behavioral science and artificial intelligence to deliver a health app that is smart and proactive. HEALTHeME helps people achieve measurably healthier and more productive lives by combining cutting-edge technology with clinical protocols. HEALTHeME is based in Durham, N.C. For more information, please visit


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