Here's How Long It Took A Supercomputer To Simulate The Human Brain

In 2013, Japan's K computer performed the largest neuronal network simulation ever attempted, and managed to mimic human brain activity for a single second. The simulation represented only about 1% of the brain's neuronal network, connecting 1.73 billion virtual nerve cells to trillions of virtual synapses. The K computer is the fourth-fastest computer in the world, but its impressive stats seem to pale in comparison to the thinking power of our organic gray matter.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Exoscale computers would be capable of a quintillion calculations per second. 00:55

  2. People tend to think that even the simplest chatbots exhibit insight and empathy. 01:39

  3. To pass the Turing test, a piece of AI must convince someone that it is human. 02:29

Written by Curiosity Staff November 2, 2015

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