A collaboration of scientists from more than 100 universities and institutions are looking to undertake perhaps the most ambitious neuroscience project ever – to develop the technology that could create a computerized simulation of a person’s mind. Called the Human Brain Project, scientists hope to combine all the information about the human brain collected over the years. The heart of the project, if you will, will be a supercomputer that’s 1,000 times faster than anything that exists now. This fast computer could simulate brain function allowing researchers to test drugs and treatments for conditions that cost hundreds of billions of dollars to treat. The project is intended to help us understand what makes the human brain unique, as well as how to objectively diagnose and treat brain diseases. It is being likened to the Human Genome Project and will cost an estimated $1.6 billion.
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