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Whole Brain Emulation Roadmap

November 12, 2008

From the makers of the artificial medicine – Placebo, Substitute Materials.

Whole brain emulation (WBE) is the possible future one-to-one modelling of the function of the human brain. It represents a formidable engineering and research problem, yet one which appears to have a well-defined goal and could, it would seem, be achieved by extrapolations of current technology. Since the implications of successful WBE are potentially very large the Future of Humanity Institute hosted a workshop in Oxford on 26-27 May, 2007. Invited experts from areas such as computational neuroscience, brain-scanning technology, computing, and neurobiology presented their findings and discussed the possibilities, problems and milestones that would have to be reached before WBE becomes feasible. The result of the workshop is the following roadmap (FHI’s third report).

Authored by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. Download the report here.

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