Ed Yong recently published a great article on BBC Future entitled, “Will we ever…simulate a human brain?”, summarizing the debate over the Human Brain Project. I was interviewed for the piece, and explained why I am skeptical that the project will accomplish its goal of realistically simulating a human brain within 10 years. The article presents several different viewpoints, ranging from researchers who think it won’t happen to others who say it may but question both the approach and the relevance of the results that could be produced. I highly recommend you read Ed’s article.

And then come back here, because I’d like to know what you think. BBC Future only allows people to comment by logging on to their Facebook page or messaging them on Twitter,   neither of which will produce a very coherent comment stream. So, I’d like to have the discussion here.

  • What do you think about the Human Brain Project, and the recent announcement that it will be awarded 1 billion euros by the European Commission?
  • Do you think the HBP’s goal to simulate a human brain in 10 years in realistic?
  • What do you think will be the biggest challenges in simulating a human brain?
  • What do you think could be some of the most exciting results, if the HBP is successful?

I’d love to hear opinions from people of all backgrounds, so please leave me your comments!