This article is about research that has been going on for a few years now that can have potentially life-saving results. The research is being done by Henry Markram who has been fascinated by the brain ever since he was about fourteen years old. His interest was sparked when he realized that there might be molecular explanations to mental illnesses and could therefore be cured by drugs. Once he got to med school he decided to drop out so that he could understand the brain more, which he thought would help advance drugs that could cure mental illnesses.
His main research now consists of a supercomputer that has nearly ten thousand microchips that act as neruons and can replicate the brain to a decent extent. He has received over one billion dollars in funding for his research and hopes that his developments in replicating the brain will allow for more effective drugs and for a better understanding of the brain.
This is a picture of neurons and you can see how
these could resemble connections in a computer with the long bands
(wires in a computer) all connecting to one another (would be the microchip, where they all connect).