31 Oct '13, 5pm

Human Brain Project Needs Artificial Brains to Understand Real Ones

If neuroscientist Henry Markram had a dollar for every neuron he wants to map, he still wouldn't have enough money. As it happens, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) researcher has a billion euros, or $1.38 billion, from the European Union to spend over the next ten years, but the normal means of determining a neuron's activity can cost $1 million and take a year. By the time he got through the 3000-odd pathways shown in the photograph of a pinhead-sized slice of brain behind him in a conference room last month, he'd be flat broke, decades older, and he'd still have to map countless more pinheads' worth of neurons to understand the brain. As Markram has been telling everyone since he got the €1 billion nod to lead the Human Brain Project , the way researchers study the brain needs to change. His approach—and it's not the only one —stands on an eme...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/at-work/innovation/hum...

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