BBC:IBM simulate mouse brain.


#1

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6600965.stm

"Using this machine the researchers created half a virtual mouse brain that had 8,000 neurons that had up to 6,300 synapses.
The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life - the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain. "


#2

Not long now till skynet!


#3

Human nature, as Terry Pratchett once said : If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH”, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.


#4

“dynamical properties”…

dynamical?


#5

Quoted for truth.


#6

Probably related to this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamical#Cognitive_theory

Anyway these scientists have managed to produce a simulation of 8,000 neurons, which is less than 1% the number of neurons in one half of a mouse’s brain. They were only able to simulate it at 1/10 the normal operating speed of the biological brain. Additionally they didn’t seem to divide their simulated neurons into actual modular units representative of the different areas of the brain. All in all, as impressive as their work is, we’re a long, long way from Skynet scenarios or being to able to model even a (relatively) simple mouse’s brain in real time.


#7

There’s allways prophets of doom when new tech comes out :slight_smile: I think these developments are quite exciting! Hopefully they will enable scientists to study various neurological disorders in ways never before possible, and without having to use animal test subjects.

Also, I was reading the Slashdot thread pertaining to this news and came across this link:

http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/

Turns out it may not even be possible to simulate a real brain using modern computer architectures (haha, modern! x86 is horribly old :sad: ). Maybe these simulations will prove or disprove the idea that Newtonian physics alone can be used to simulate a real brain.


#8

Honestly this technology might be the only one able to bring us into the 22nd century at all. Since humans are too dumb to solve their own problems.


#9

if ( $cheese == true ) {
eat();
}
if ( $cat == true ) {
run();
}

:scream:


#10

look really exciting

for when a mouse AI in games ? :smiley:


#11

Building a simulated mouse brain and building a “system” as complex as a mouse brain seem to be two completly different things to me!


#12

[b]“the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain”

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