According to Henry Markham, a scientist working on the Blue Brain project … The project is an attempt to create a blueprint of the human brain to advance cognition research.
The group only recently simulated the firing of 10,000 neurons in a single column in the neocortex, the largest area of the human brain governing high-level thinking and action. (A column typically contains 100,000 neurons.)
“(This) immediately allows us to assess the value of the data to discern, is this something we want to save and analyze later,” he said. “It’s also a lot of fun.”
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