University of Waterloo neuroscientist Chris Eliasmith has spent many
years figuring out just how to build a brain. Using his own brain of
course, which is far more clever than yours or mine. Now he has compiled
his thoughts in a book that comes with instructions. Eliasmith’s team
has created Spaun, which is described as "the world’s largest simulation
of a functioning brain.”
That isn’t hype. It really is a simulation of a functioning brain. It
can recognize numbers, take notes of lists and remembering them while
writing them down. It can even pass some basic hurdles in an IQ test.
It took more than a year to build, and it can simulate many aspects of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and psychological behavior. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this in say, five years.