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.
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