The Man Who Builds Brains

Harnessing enormous computer firepower, Henry Markram is creating the first artificial brain.

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On the quarter-mile walk between his office at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and the nerve center of his research across campus, Henry Markram gets a brisk reminder of the rapidly narrowing gap between human and machine. At one point he passes a museumlike display filled with the relics of old supercomputers, a memorial to their technological limitations. At the end of his trip he confronts his IBM Blue Gene/P—shiny, black, and...
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