Brain in a box

An attempt is being made to simulate an entire human brain.

The hope is that the virtual brain will help shed light on some aspects of human cognition, such as perception, memory and perhaps even consciousness.

It will be the first time humans will be able to observe the electrical code our brains use to represent the world, and to do so in real time, say Henry Markram, director of Brain and Mind Institute at the Ecole Polytecnique F�d�rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

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