-But for now, he’s taking a different approach than almost anyone.
His thus-far $400-Million-funded Allen Institute For Brain Science is going after the visual processing center, starting with mice.
The technique they’re starting with is called: High-Throughput Electrophysiology, and it’s targeted at observing all the electrical activity in the visual center of the mouse-brain; -as it’s happening live.
Wired-Paul Allen To Reverse Engineer [Pinky's] Brain
+And BTW, While you’re stuck waiting for those 3-D Printed replacement Brain Parts from before…
Just wiggle on down to So-Car and hit up Dr. Ning Zhang at Clemson; -whose original invention should be coming into the mainstream Any Day Now! -It was supposed to be Late 2012.
She’ll check out the severity of your Pro-Wrestling-Ladder-Fall-Concussion, ice your head, inject some Stem-CEllmer’s Gel-Glue in there (no, not that kind of head-gel, Jersey Shore cast members who’ve mistakenly wandered over here), and you’ll be back body-slamming Andre The Giant in no time…
Imagine if you had to learn how to be an Architect/Civil-Engineer, but you weren’t allowed 2x4s, wood, bricks, cement, steel I-beams, bolts, nails, mud, hay, cow-butts; -nothing in the way of building-supplies,
And all you were allowed to do was take apart existing skyscrapers, experiment, and sketch?
Well, that phase in Brain-Science is over…
Well that didn’t take long.
The Human Brain Project comes out, and dares to make you obsolete from atop its icy Blofeldian Swiss Alps.
BOOM! -Along comes IBM with Cognitive Computing and SyNAPSE…
To help you choose which brand of Ketchup at the Kroger’s.
Oh well, at least [the allegedly 1st Cognitive Computer] Watson was good at “Jeopardy”.
More info + vids after the jump…
• Source: IBM-Cognitive Computing
• via: Mashable
They haven’t found the soul yet, but scientists have discovered a surprising surge of activity in the brains of near-death test animals.
-Still no word one way or another if Larry King is just one elaborately-syndicated “Weekend at Bernie’s” clockwork-android.
My vote? -Definitely!
• Source: U of M Health
• More Coverage: Nature, BrainMetrics
Now hang on there just a sec! NOO hooking up jumper-cables to old Uncle Elmer’s noggin just yet there, young whippersnappers!
In another step, along with fMRI, toward detecting the actual “You” inside your physical head, or at least some kind of activity much more likely, Marcello
Mastroianni Massimini and his colleagues have flipped around an existing tool, mixed it up with some fancy maths, and turned it into a test to find how much, if any consciousness is still rattling around in your brain.
-Regardless of your outside physical state.
[yes. before you even say it…
Okay, Okay, -so we’re still a little way off from invading peoples’ thoughts or flipping tractor-trailers through the air like baby toys the way that Dr. Charles Xavier and Magneto do,
But here’s a BIG hat-tip to the previously-thought woo-woo field of Meditation:
In the first(?) study known to have taken and analyzed blood-samples of people before and after the test,
It turns out that Meditation can Actually Control Something…