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Not to mention that rats have close to 1 million neurons, so 10000 processors simulating one neuron each most likely won't do.
Nyx wrote:QuoteNot to mention that rats have close to 1 million neurons, so 10000 processors simulating one neuron each most likely won't do.Last time I checked 1 processor could do more calculations than 1 Neuron. The issue you have to contend with is that Processors can calculate atomicaly, but can make fewer connections.
I do think some research into insects' brains (do they have brains?) have already been done. I remember a prof telling us about how they hijacked a cockroach's brain to remote-control it via a joystick. I'm not sure how detailed the analysis of the brain was done then (like whether or not they mapped all the neurons or just stuck electrodes in that worked) but some research into the neurons was probably done.
"A whole processor is currently needed to simulate the behavior of a single cell."
Neurons communicate with one another via synapses, where the axon terminal of one cell impinges upon a dendrite or soma of another (or less commonly to an axon). Neurons such as Purkinje cells in the cerebellum can have over 1000 dendritic branches, making connections with tens of thousands of other cells; other neurons, such as the magnocellular neurons of the supraoptic nucleus, have only one or two dendrites, each of which receives thousands of synapses. Synapses can be excitatory or inhibitory and will either increase or decrease activity in the target neuron. Some neurons also communicate via electrical synapses, which are direct, electrically-conductive junctions between cells.
... couldn't a 'brain' be simulated by a switch/case statement nested with an unreasonable number of environmental variables ...