The highly ambitious Human Brain Project — an effort to simulate the human brain in a supercomputer — is drawing fire from neuroscientists who say the initiative is unfeasible, unfocused, and unaccountable.
Europe's Human Brain Project was launched early last year — an effort to develop better tools to study how the brain works. As part of the initiative, researchers will take the next ten years to understand and map the network of over a hundred billion neuronal connections that elicit emotions, volitional thought, and even consciousness itself. And to do so, the researchers are planning to use a progressively scaled-up multilayered simulation running on a supercomputer. More than 80 European and international research institutions are taking part.