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Artificial Human Brain To Come Before 2020 Says Boffin

A prominent scientist has claimed that a fully functional artificial brain could become a reality within a decade, which would in turn help diagnose and treat a range of mental disorders.

Addressing the TED Global Conference in Oxford, Professor Henry Markram, the director of the Blue Brain Project, asserted that his team has been working well to develop a synthetic human brain, which could be very useful in diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

Speaking on the benefits of the move in developing new treatment techniques, Professor Markram said in a statement, “There are two billion people on the planet affected by mental disorder. The project may give insights into new treatments”.

However, creating an artificial brain would take huge technical resources as well as medical proficiency. The Professor notified it takes one computer to process the information from a single neuron, implying that several thousands of machines would be required to initiate mapping the intricate functions of human brain.

In order to streamline this process, the group of scientists associated with the Blue Brain Project used a “supercomputer”, which can handle millions of algorithms effectively.

Most of the group’s research revolves around using the neocortex of mammal brains, which drives some of the complex functions, including spatial reasoning, sensory perception, conscious thoughts, as well as speech and language.

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By the end of the next decade, computers should be around 1000 times more powerful than current models. Is that something possible? Yes if Moore's law, which held well for quite some time, continues to rule the way processors are developed.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.