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In Charlie Stross' novel 'Accelerando', the first AI consists of a very confused bunch of uploaded Lobsters. It seems the first upload is actually going to be a mouse.

Mouse brain simulated on computer

US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer.

The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer.
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The three researchers, James Frye, Rajagopal Ananthanarayanan, and Dharmendra S. Modha, laid out how they went about it in a very short research note entitled "Towards Real-Time, Mouse-Scale Cortical Simulations". Half a real mouse brain is thought to have about eight million neurons each one of which can have up to 8,000 synapses, or connections, with other nerve fibres.
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The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life - the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain

That's from the BBC News site, and there's more here, and it looks like it was part of the project described in this New Scientist article, back in 2005. Not surprisingly, it's being widely reported as a portend of a strange future, and of course it was on boingboing yesterday.

Many people are pointing out that this really isn't a mouse brain simulation, since the simulated neurons lack any brainlike structure, and that it's better described as a platform upon which a mouse brain might be simulated. Which is of course fair comment; we're approaching the minimum computronium density necessary for the uploading of consciousness to be feasible. That's pretty cool.
j0ni: (Default)
In Charlie Stross' novel 'Accelerando', the first AI consists of a very confused bunch of uploaded Lobsters. It seems the first upload is actually going to be a mouse.

Mouse brain simulated on computer

US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer.

The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer.
~
The three researchers, James Frye, Rajagopal Ananthanarayanan, and Dharmendra S. Modha, laid out how they went about it in a very short research note entitled "Towards Real-Time, Mouse-Scale Cortical Simulations". Half a real mouse brain is thought to have about eight million neurons each one of which can have up to 8,000 synapses, or connections, with other nerve fibres.
~
The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life - the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain

That's from the BBC News site, and there's more here, and it looks like it was part of the project described in this New Scientist article, back in 2005. Not surprisingly, it's being widely reported as a portend of a strange future, and of course it was on boingboing yesterday.

Many people are pointing out that this really isn't a mouse brain simulation, since the simulated neurons lack any brainlike structure, and that it's better described as a platform upon which a mouse brain might be simulated. Which is of course fair comment; we're approaching the minimum computronium density necessary for the uploading of consciousness to be feasible. That's pretty cool.

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