Suppose you want to build a computer that operates like the brain of a mammal.

How hard could it be?

After all, there are supercomputers that can decode the human genome, play chess and calculate prime numbers out to 13 million digits.


Illustration by: D. Modha, IBM

Scientists are studying complex wiring of the brain to build the computer of the future, one that combines the brain’s abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition and its low power consumption and compact size.

Understanding the process behind these seemingly effortless feats of the human brain and creating a computational theory based on it remains one of the biggest challenges for computer scientists

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