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

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.

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