Simulating Human Brain

August 8, 2006 at 5:20 am (Science)

Steve Furber of the University of Manchester is the head honcho of the Spinnaker (short for spiking neural network architecture) project, which seeks to better understand the complex interactions of brain cells in hopes of creating more “fault-tolerant computers.” Furber states that although we lose one neuron per second during our adult life (just think, you’ve already lost a couple dozen reading this post), yet our brains don’t suffer any catastrophic meltdowns or periods of underperformance because of it. Rather, the brain has an impeccable ability to disregard malfunctions and find alternate ways to function without throwing a theoretical BSOD. The Spinnaker computer consists of silicon chips containing 20 microprocessors, 19 of which will behave as neurons while the remaining processor records the activities. Each chip will replicate about 20,000 human neurons. The Spinnaker project is hoping to reach a functioning system containing 50 chips and a thousand processors within two years.

Read original story @ Engadget


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