Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Replicating the Human Brain Within 10 Years

Science News reports that the Human Brain Could Be Replicated in 10 Years, Researcher Predicts. The researcher is Henry Markham, a neuroscientist at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. "I absolutely believe it is technically and biologically possible. The only uncertainty is financial. It is an extremely expensive project and not all is yet secured."
100 years of neuroscience discovery has led to millions of fragments of data and knowledge that have never been brought together and exploited fully. "Actually no one even knows what we already understand about the brain," says Professor Markram. "A model would serve to bring this all together and then allow anyone to test whatever theory you want about the brain. The biggest challenge is to understand how electrical-magnetic-chemical patterns in the brain convert into our perception of reality. We think we see with our eyes, but in fact most of what we 'see' is generated as a projection by your brain. So what are we actually looking at when we look at something 'outside' of us?"


Michael Anissimov said...

Wendell, I would suggest you set your blog so that your full posts appear in RSS feeds, not just their titles. Otherwise I have to click through to view each post... when I read over 100 blogs that makes it difficult. I would assume that many other readers have the same problem, but I doubt anyone will mention it -- they'll just unsubscribe. Just letting you know! ;)

Katabasis said...

Yes this is definitely a problem and while only a mild pain for me as I'm very interested in the content on the blog, as Michael says, a lot of people will just unsubscribe.

Colin Allen said...

I have just changed the setting to allow full feed - let us know if it's not working.