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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:58

Swiss and German boffins want to built a brain

Written by Nick Farell
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Computer modelling
Boffins from Switzerland and Germany are to build a computer model of a human brain, dubbed the Human Brain Project. The team is trying to get a £1billion grant and claim that if they succeed in building a brain on a computer they could find cures for various diseases like Parkinson's.

Henry Markram, director of the Human Brain Project in Switzerland claims that the project could lead to intelligent robots and supercomputers which would dwarf those currently in existence. Markram is a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He said that humanity needs to understand what makes us human.’ He thinks that if they secure the funding, they will be able to replicate mankind's most vital organ in 12 years.

It would mean that drug companies could dramatically shorten testing times by bypassing humans to test new medicaments on the computer model. Supercomputers at the Jülich Research Center near Cologne are earmarked to play a vital role in the research which Makram says will involve ‘a tsunami of data.’


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+7 #1 Boomstick777 2011-05-17 16:22
Hmm well call me skeptical but testing drugs on a 'computer' brain that isn't organic will have no relevance to how a human being would respond to same drug? Seems rediculous, far more likely they want the funding so they can design cool looking robots, i.e i robot or terminator style haha, skynet begins...
 
 
+1 #2 crackerz 2011-05-17 17:38
Quoting Boomstick777:
..far more likely they want the funding so they can design cool looking robots, i.e i robot or terminator style haha, skynet begins...


I agree, why also they don't create a company named skynet so we all know whats going on, before ..we are running for our lifes :} (some day if they succeed and believe me that day will come, I don't know when.. now it will be 50years? 100years? 150years ..at least I won't be alive after 100-150 years)
 
 
+2 #3 JAB Creations 2011-05-17 17:58
Quote:
want to built a brain


That makes me want to have kicked you. :sigh:
 
 
+8 #4 hoohoo 2011-05-17 18:50
Meanwhile in other news...

Nick Farrel want to learn to spell.
 
 
+2 #5 SlickR 2011-05-17 18:53
and skynet became aware in 2024 !!! watch out mankind is doomed.
 
 
+2 #6 darkpulse 2011-05-18 02:40
Hmmmmmm... well quite a challenge they took, but hey, do they know how the human brain will respond to EVERY situation, drug and disease IN DETAIL???? Only with that kind of information they can build one that even comes SOMEWHAT close to the original one. Many other factors come into play too like drug's side-effects on other parts of the body etc.
I dont think they have that much detail, if they would, we would be having an army of zombies right now! ;) :lol:
 
 
+1 #7 thomasg 2011-05-18 06:29
Quoting SlickR:
and skynet became aware in 2024 !!! watch out mankind is doomed.

So they start Skynet next year and 12 years later they have a brain... Mankind's doomed lol.
 
 
+5 #8 Dvich 2011-05-18 15:43
Will is run Crysis??
 

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