Could we be on the brink of a computer replicating the processes and intricacies of the human brain?
The brain has long been a mystery. A mystery that scientists have progressively learned more about as each year passes, but there is exponentially more that we do not know about the human data processing center. A group of organizations in Europe have come together as the Human Brain Project with the goal of furthering our understanding of the brain and its functions and diseases.
Think about that for a moment. A supercomputer built to recreate the workings of the human brain. A way to test new drugs without human or animal test subjects. A way to see how the brain reacts to practically anything. A way to map brain function like never before.
We are living in a world where the coolest of sci-fi plot points – mind control, telekinesis, telepathy – just might be realized. Okay, probably not, but the thought that the possibility even exists is exciting enough.
Originally 13 groups, the Human Brain Project has grown to 135 members as they officially started the project yesterday. It is expected to last for 10 years with the hopes that by the end of that decade, our understanding of the brain will be much further advanced in various fields of neuroscience.
If the Human Brain Project is successful in even a portion of what they set out to accomplish, there is a very good chance we will be hearing their names in future Nobel Prize ceremonies.