Scientists create 'most realistic artificial human brain yet'

Scientists claim to have developed the “closest model” to a functioning human brain ever created and it is advanced enough to pass a basic IQ test. The simulated brain - which runs on a supercomputer, has a digital eye which it uses for visual input and a robotic arm that it uses to draw its response, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

Neuroscientists and software engineers at the University of Waterloo in Canada claim it is world’s most complex, large-scale model simulation of the human brain so far created.

Scientists create Spaun

Scientists create Spaun


The brain, called Spaun (Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network), consists of 2.5 million simulated neurons, allowing it to perform eight different tasks.

These tasks range from copy drawing to counting, to question answering and fluid reasoning.

During the tests the scientists flashed up numbers and letters, which Spaun reads into memory, and then another letter or symbol acts as the command, telling Spaun what to do with its memory.

The output of the task is then inscribed by the robotic arm, the team reported in the journal Science.

Spaun’s brain consists of 2.5 million neurons that are broken down into a bunch of simulated cranial subsystems, including the prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia, and thalamus, which are wired together with simulated neurons that very accurately mimic the wiring of a real human brain.

The basic idea is that these subsystems behave very similarly to a real brain: Visual input is processed by the thalamus, the data is stored in the neurons, and then the basal ganglia fires off a task to a part of the cortex that’s designed to handle that task.

All of this computation is performed in a physiologically accurate way, with simulated voltage spikes and neurotransmitters.



Published Date: Dec 12, 2012 15:28 PM | Updated Date: Dec 12, 2012 15:28 PM