The Human Brain Project, which launched Monday, is attempting to create a computer brain that would operate much like a human one.
The overarching goal of the project, as outlined on its website, is “to piece together our rapidly growing knowledge of the human brain.” Simulating the human brain provides insights into the brain’s inner workings and where our thoughts and emotions originate.
AquaTop display is a projection system that uses white water as a screen surface. This system allows the user’s limbs to freely move through, under and over the projection surface. Using the unique characteristics of fluid, we propose new interactions methods specific to the projection medium, water. Our system uses a depth camera to detect input on and over the water surface to allow for interactions such as protruding fingers out from under the water surface and scooping up the water with both hands. This type of interaction is not capable with current impenetrable, rigid body, flat surfaces. For example, by floating one’s limbs on the water surface, it is also possible to fuse one’s body with the displayed objects for further augmented interaction by ‘becoming one’ with the screen.
“Entirely new tools will ultimately be required both to study neurons and neural circuits with minimal perturbation and to study the human brain.
The Brain Activity Map (BAM) project has been proposed* to develop such tools. It has three goals:
Build neuroscience tools capable of:measuring the activity of large sets of neurons in complex brain circuits, with simultaneous measurement and manipulation of activity of thousands or even millions of neurons.
Computationally analyze and model these brain circuits.
Test these models by manipulating the activities of chosen sets of neurons in these brain circuits.”
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"The researchers expect that the first-generation foldable e-devices will be monochrome. Color will come later. Eventually, within 10 to 20 years, e-Devices with magazine-quality color, viewable in bright sunlight but requiring low power will come to market."
“The work, carried out by George Church and Sri Kosuri, basically treats DNA as just another digital storage device. Instead of binary data being encoded as magnetic regions on a hard drive platter, strands of DNA that store 96 bits are synthesized, with each of the bases (TGAC) representing a binary value (T and G = 1, A and C = 0).”