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How to build a brain

  • Speaker:   Prof  Chris Eliasmith  (University of Waterloo)
  • Host:   Steve Furber
  • 5th July 2013 at 14:00 in IT407
Recent high-profile brain simulations, including those of the $1 billion Euro Human Brain Project, are very large and complex. However, they do not exhibit interesting behaviours and so are difficult to compare to much of what we know about the brain. In this talk, I describe the methods and tools used to construct what is currently the world's largest *functional* brain simulation, called the Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network (Spaun). I demonstrate the tools on a simple example, and also describe the variety of behaviors that the large-scale model exhibits, showing that it is similar in many respects to human and animal behaviour. I argue that constructing such large-scale simulations is critical for advancing our understanding of neural and cognitive function.
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