Can we create a computer which emulates the human brain? We put that question to members of the EU flagship Human Brain Project, a 10 year effort to study the brain in unprecedented detail and simulate it inside a computer. The project will offer a lasting common platform for neuroscience and computing to study the brain from every angle - from genes and cells, to anatomy and systems, to theoretical models. The effort has prompted speculation over whether it's possible to create an artificial intelligence comparable to human intelligence. Inject the power of the brain into a computer Those that support the idea that such a device can be created come from many fields, including Professor Philippe Ryvlin, a leading neurosurgeon and researcher at Vaud University Hospital in Switzerland. "Whatever happens one day we'll be able to inject inject the computational power of a human brain into a machine," he says. "There's still a lot of debate on how to quantify the computational power of … [Read more...] about Can we make a computer like the human brain?
Can we create a thinking machine? Can we build a model of the human brain inside a computer? How do our minds really work? Those are some of the questions that researchers in the EU's Human Brain Project are trying to answer. The 10-year European Union Flagship initiative has the aim of changing neuroscience and computing forever, by bringing these diverse communities together and offering them a common platform to work together and understand the greatest computer of them all, the human brain. As the project reaches its halfway point, we went to Bern and Lausanne in Switzerland, and Jülich in Germany to meet some of the team. Slicing brains for science We begin at Jülich Forchungezentrum, one of the few places in the world equipped to slice up complete human brains for science. It's a no-brainer: if you want to understand something, you have to take a close-up look. Scientific Director for The Human Brain Project, Katrin Amunts, explains: "If you want to go into cellular … [Read more...] about The Human Brain Project: Slicing brains and thinking machines
Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post Published 7:25 am PDT, Monday, March 25, 2019 All about your brain www.BrainFacts.org - - - What weighs three pounds and is much more than a slimy, spongy mass? The human brain, of course. It's the most complex organ in the body - home to 86 billion neurons that act like a miraculous supercomputer, allowing our bodies to function and our minds to roam freely. But how much do you really know about your own brain? If you're brain-curious, a visit to BrainFacts.org may be in order. The site - a public initiative of the Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience - is a database of all things brain. It's edited by neuroscientists who present a wealth of information about the human organ, from its anatomy to its place in society. The site has articles, videos and interactive features designed to make brain learning fun. It's appropriate for educators and students, but you don't have to be in school … [Read more...] about A mind-boggling trip into the human brain
News / UK and world by Press Association March 18, 2019, 5:01 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Humans have a hidden “magnetic sense” similar to that of many animals that may have helped their nomadic ancestors navigate without getting lost. The natural “compass” built into the brain is still there, operating at a subconscious level, new evidence suggests. Scientists discovered the ‘sixth sense’ after conducting a series of experiments in which more than 30 volunteers were exposed to moving Earth-strength magnetic fields. Electrical brain recordings showed a subtle response that appeared to be tuned to the magnetic field of the northern hemisphere, where the experiment was conducted. Artificial geomagnetic stimulation caused a drop in alpha-wave brain activity known to signal sensory processing. The implication is that the Earth’s magnetic field can be sensed in humans just as it is in migrating birds … [Read more...] about Magnetic ‘compass’ discovered in the human brain
A BIZARRE ‘worm-monster’ which looks just like a human BRAIN has surfaced in a back garden after a huge deluge of rain. Video footage shows the squirming mass of blood-red creatures wriggling outside an apartment block in Houston, Texas. “The second I saw it, it didn't look right,” said the shocked homeowner, who asked not to be named. “I got up close and saw that it was moving and squirming. "I had no idea of what it could be, but I could see the individual worms writhing around.” Online observers are convinced the mass, found in shallow water, is a colony of tubifex worms - also known as blood worms. The man who found the creature said: “I almost decided to kill it. It was a squirming, throbbing, amorphous mound of tangled worms. “Some were getting absorbed into the mass, some were just floating by in the stream. “The unnerving part to me was how many there were. “I just don't understand how you could find such numbers … [Read more...] about Mysterious ‘worm monster’ that looks like a bloody human brain discovered in bloke’s back garden after heavy rain