Modha is working on SyNAPSE, a project that couldn't be more different. With SyNAPSE, DARPA wants to create electronics that take a page out of the brain's book. The stated purpose is to "investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in neuromorphic electronic devices that are scalable to biological levels.
At IEEE Spectrum, via Mind Hacks
A very clear and straightforward discussion of the "Scientists have simulated a cat brain!" "Did not!" "Did too!" kerfuffle of the last week or two
Wearing knock-offs affects your perception of other people's honesty.
I totally covet this poster. Covet.
Markram is dismissive of most computational neuroscience. “It’s not interested enough in the biology,” he says. “What they typically do is begin with a brain function they want to model”—like object detection or sentence recognition—“and then try to see if they can get a computer to replicate that function. The problem is that if you ask a hundred computational neuroscientists to build a functional model, you’ll get a hundred different answers. These models might help us think about the brain, but they don’t really help us understand it. If you want your model to represent reality, then you’ve got to model it on reality.”
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Spatial metaphors to describe time are quite common (we speak of events as "coming up", for example), but true time/space synaesthesia is pretty rare. This article also talks a bit about how researchers confirm that a subject is experiencing real synaesthesia, and isn't just claiming a perception they don't actually experience.
via The World's Fair
"Jennifer Gardy outlines just how freaking fast H1N1 information has been obtained. And all because of the open source and open access nature of the research work."
Christoph Niemann. Leaves. Awesome.