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Recently Nikola Danaylov of Singularity 1 on 1 interviewed Chris Eliasmith and discussed a variety of topics including the story behind his desire to create the breakthrough brain simulation, SPAUN. Eliasmith is working on the Semantic Pointer Architecture as a new model of the brain and is using SPAUN to explore the idea, and will also soon be releasing a book, How To Build A Brain, that will outline the concept.

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Firing Synapses. "Neurons that fire together wire together. You can rewire your brain for higher consciousness by focusing on love."

Chris Eliasmith and his team's Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, SPAUN are determined to answer deep questions in computational neuroscience. SPAUN is currently the world's largest functional brain simulation, and is unique because it's the first model that can actually emulate behaviours while also modeling the physiology that underlies them.

A computer simulation of the upper layer of a rat brain neocortical column. Here neurons light up in a “global excitatory state” of blues and yellows. Courtesy of Dr. Pablo de Heras Ciechomski/Visualbiotech

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ARM says its SpiNNaker chip simulates 1,000 brain neurons | Electronista. Scientists have designed a computer chip that functions similarly to a group of 1000 neurons. The system is capable of controlling itself and can learn as it goes along. The eventual goal of this project is to see if we can replicate the processes of the human brain electronically. Combine enough of these spinnaker chips and their maker believes creating a self-conscious electronic brain is achievable.

Computer simulation of pyramidal neurons in the cerebral cortex. Michael Häusser/ Wired

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