The ultimate challenge for mankind
• A vast amount of experimental data and knowledge has accumulated –
models can drive organization
• Different brain areas are being studied – models can unify data and knowledge
• Industrial‐scale science is generating a data deluge –
models can absorb the data
• Exascale databasing is becoming feasible ‐
the data can be managed
• Exascale supercomputing will be possible by 2018 ‐
thresholds has been reached to simulate biology
• Math and physics approaches can abstract most biological processes ‐
computer representation is possible.
Computer graphics, Internet, VR technologies can visualize massive data structures –
virtual structural and functional anatomy is possible
• VR and robotics can interface with brain models –
models can be tested and calibrated
• Comprehensive brain screening and scanning can provide medical data –
root causes can be simulated
•AI and neuromorphic technologies are waiting for brain inspired
architectures – new generation technologies can be
The Blue Brain Project, supported by the Swiss Government, built a prototype facility.
The Spanish government committed to the project.
The project collaborates with many in Israel, Spain, Hungary, UK, USA, Sweden, etc
The flagship will involve many experimental, medical, theoretical, computer, robotics, and technology lab
including in France, Italy, Germany, USA, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, etc
And a number of industry partners (pharma, bioservices & biotech, computer).
IBM is a technology partner.