How does the brain work? Can we recreate a functioning brain? Such questions would have come in your mind some day or the other. University of Waterloo neuroscientist Chris Eliasmith also had the same question in his mind and he has spent years in figuring out just how one is able to build a brain.

Chris Eliasmith has compiled his thoughts into a book that comes complete with instructions, describing the grey matter’s architecture as well as the manner where all of the different components interact. Eliasmith’s team has created Spaun, which is described as “the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain.”

Spaun is a simulation of a functioning brain. It can recognizing numbers, taking note of lists and remembering them while writing them down. To add to it, it is also capable of passing some basic aspects of an IQ test.

It took more a year to build and is capable of capturing many aspects of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and psychological behavior.

Source: Ubergizmo