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[2]: I hope they can resist ...
by kaiwai on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 12:14 UTC in reply to "RE: I hope they can resist ..."
kaiwai
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Hmm, if you can exactly simulate a brain with a computer, would it develop a consciousness? That's the part that gets me... if it did, you'd have to treat it as a human being right?


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That raises the interesting question of whether ones self lays in the concious or whether there is something that is transcendent and unmeasurable (not saying there is a deity or anything like that).

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