From the Back Cover
This book introduces Mead's pioneering work on the design of neural networks and their implementation in analog VLSI systems. Mead observes first that the nervous systems of even simple animals contain computing paradigms far more effective than any found in currently available computers. He then shows how the powerful organizing principles of these nervous systems can be realized in silicon integrated circuits. His examples include silicon neural systems that replicate animal senses - chips that can see and hear!