posted on Jun, 6 2005 @ 12:57 PM
Today marks the first effort to create the world's first computer simulation of the entire human brain, right down to the molecular level. The 'Blue
Brain' project is headed by IBM and a Swiss university team. The two teams believe that this newly created virtual brain will enable scientist to
understand aspects of the human cognition.
The “Blue Brain” project, a collaboration between IBM and a Swiss university team, will involve building a custom-made supercomputer based on
IBM’s Blue Gene design.
The hope is that the virtual brain will help shed light on some aspects of human cognition, such as perception, memory and perhaps even
It will be the first time humans will be able to observe the electrical code our brains use to represent the world, and to do so in real time, says
Henry Markram, director of Brain and Mind Institute at the Ecole Polytecnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
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The supercomputer in which the brain will be simulated has a processing power of 22.8 teraflops. Henry Markram has built the largest database of
neural architecture of the neocortex for the mammalian brain in the world.
The end result of this project will take nearly ten years. When it is finished, researchers will be able to 'show' the 'Blue Brain' an object and
record its neurological responses.