Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life
In 2006, scientist Dr. Markram has been trying to bring a virtual brain to life. Dr. Markram and his colleges have created a "brain" out of four vending-machine-sized boxes that each house thousands of microchips that are programmed to act like a brain. Instead of cells carrying information to and from the brain, the scientists used many cables. They named their creation "Blue Brain" and it has 10,000 virtual neurons that send signals across the cables. This January, the neuroscience project team received a grant of up to $1.3 billion to perfect this idea of a supercomputer-like virtual brain. With this grant, over 150 institutions will have the resources to enable them to further our education about the brain. It would give us insight into illnesses, disorders, and so many other mysterious things that people do not yet fully understand.