Your brain is incredibly well-suited to handling whatever comes along, plus it’s tough and operates on little energy.
Those attributes – dealing with real-world situations, resilience and energy efficient – are precisely what might be possible with neuro-inspired computing. Neuro-inspired computing seeks to develop algorithms that would run on computers that function more like a brain than a computer.
This sounds inspiring but first we must understand the workings of the brain. Professors Rafael Yuste and George Church, both specialists in neuro-science summarize this by saying: “Despite a century of sustained research, brain scientists remain ignorant of the workings of the three-pound organ that is the seat of all conscious human activity.”
It is encouraging to learn however that last year the Obama administration announced funding of more than $100 million towards brain research which joins the European Human Brain Project with ten year $1.6 billion.