[FoRK] Brain mapping and the connectome
jbone at place.org
Sat Nov 7 08:29:14 PST 2009
Mostly for Ken's edification: you really should track the 'wetware'
developments a bit more closely. ;-)
(Tangential, but relevant: even Eugen has probably been relatively
surprised by the extent to which non-invasive techniques have
accelerated along the cost / functionality curve in the last decade,
cf. comments from early 2000s vs. present, low-function but low-cost
consumer products (e.g. EEG game controllers, etc.) --- just the tip
of the iceberg, of course.)
Brain mapping and the connectome
By J. Storrs Hall, on November 6th, 2009
I’m at the AAAI Fall Symposium session on Biologically Inspired
Cognitive Architectures, and there was a really interesting talk by
Walter Schneider of Pitt about progress in mapping the nerve bundles
that are the “information superhighways” between the various parts of
the brain. You’ll find his slides from last year’s talk on his home
page, and there has apparently been progress amounting to a
breakthrough in the interim.
This and fMRI together are giving us an understanding of what’s going
on in the brain that’s advancing faster than anybody (with the
possible exception of Ray Kurzweil) thought it would.
Schneider claims that the techniques now being worked on could be
pushed to a resolution of 20 microns, with appropriate resources, by
2014 or thereabouts. That’s essentially good enough to have a complete
wiring diagram of the brain.
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