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Henry Markram wants brain-like computing to map the brain

 

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. ...


Via Jacques Urbanska