Electronic Brain by 2023

Researchers on the European Union’s decade-long Human Brain Project (HBP) recently disclosed how far they have come toward the goal of creating an artificial brain by 2023 at the annual HBP Summit in Germany. The project’s goal is the initial simulation of the human brain on supercomputers, and then the precise replication of its functions via a hardware emulator. The long-term objective is the construction of artificial brains that can outperform traditional von Neuman supercomputers at far less cost. The report at the summit detailed the hiring of all required personnel, lab engagements, and the installation of the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to enable HBP researchers and their partners to collaborate and exchange data. The report also says projects to reproduce brain functions at different biological scales, analyze clinical brain disease data, and develop brain-inspired computers have started. The agenda for the project’s first 30 months calls for amassing all known strategic brain functioning data, developing theoretical frameworks aligned with that data, and creating infrastructure for developing six ICT platforms for HBP’s operational phase. Highlighted milestones achieved in the first year include a neocortical brain-modeling method repurposed for the cerebellum, the retrofit of a high-performance computer for interactive supercomputing, and the accumulation of high-resolution three-dimensional cellular-level data for the Human Brain Atlas.

More info here: EE Times (09/30/14) R. Colin Johnson

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