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Monday, July 11, 2011

Computing the Brain's Secrets

In Kurzweil AI:   Some visual images that give some evidence we may someday understand the brain as a computational problem, but also in their very complexity show how very hard that may be to do.  The suggestion is that we understand the infrastructure of the neocortical column.  At the right a simulation. 

" ... Henry Markram, Director of the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) Blue Brain Project, says the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception — they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models the neocortex.
“The brain builds a version of the Universe, and projects this version the version of the Universe like a bubble, all around us,” says Markram. “For the first time, we can actually address this with brain simulation, and ask very systematic and rigorous questions when this theory could possibly be true….

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