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> The Connectome!, mapping every synapse in the brain is on the horizon
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post Jan 27, 2009, 09:08 PM
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The overall goal of the Connectome project is to map, store, analyze and visualize the actual neural circuitry of the peripheral and central nervous systems in experimental organisms, based on a very large number of images from high-resolution microscopy. The proposing team from the Center for Brain Sciences has already demonstrated its capacity for, and expertise in, high-throughput imaging. The critical challenges are computational, as the total number of voxels needed to establish the Connectome is ~10^14

Stay tuned!

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post Jan 27, 2009, 11:11 PM
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This is very exciting, im interested to see the kind of breakthroughs that will happen as a result of this project.

Another fascinating field of research is human enhancement of mind through nanotechnology. I think this could be the key to the technological singularity.
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post Jan 28, 2009, 05:40 AM
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I hereby declare myself a willing candidate for the post-humanistic consequencial trial. Take into account my house-keeping activities here at BM, or just the fact that I'm a nice guy, ect, ect. Bottom line: Count me in. Please, Lucid!!!
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post Jan 28, 2009, 05:48 AM
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shhh, quit telling people...I'm supposed to map it out also. If you all figure it out before I join in, then I'll have to pick something else sad.gif
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post Jan 28, 2009, 08:12 AM
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The voxel approach makes sense if the mind is connectivity. You can always get more computing power and smaller voxels until the objective is reached. However, if the reproduction of mind requires knowledge of internal neural processes (ala Penrose and Hammeroff), then something else will be required.
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post Jan 28, 2009, 08:31 AM
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QUOTE(Rick @ Jan 28, 2009, 08:12 AM) *

then something else will be required.

Like what, nano-spaceships?
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post Jan 28, 2009, 09:18 AM
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How about a mentascion, a device that can "know a mind." It would use quantum entanglement to resonate with every neuron simultandously and read out a virtual environment simulation of the subject's mental life for all interested observers to experience.
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this sounds awesome!
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post Jan 29, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Science fiction is a lot easier to do than technology!
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