Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:14 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Geek stuff, sci-fi... A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head. The work was presented at the European Future Technologies meeting in Prague.
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RE: Comment by werfu
by AnyoneEB on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 02:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by werfu"
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They are not making an AI, although better understanding of how the brain works may aid (inspire?) AI research. They are developing cellular and molecular level simulations of sections of a mammal brain in order to aid medical experiments related to the brain. With a working simulation of a brain, they (1) know that they have enough right about the brain to make a working simulation, which is saying a lot, (2) can run many simulated experiments and confirm the interesting ones with real brain tissue, saving a lot of lab time (assuming the processing time is actually faster/cheaper than lab time, which, with Moore's law, it probably will be at least some time in the future if not already), and (3) can get detailed imaging of brain tissue in action at a level that may be impossible in real life.

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