Feasibility of Whole Brain Emulation

  title={Feasibility of Whole Brain Emulation},
  author={Anders Sandberg},
  booktitle={Conference on Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence},
  • A. Sandberg
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  • Computer Science
Whole brain emulation (WBE) is the possible future one-to-one modeling of the function of the entire (human) brain. The basic idea is to take a particular brain, scan its structure in detail, and construct a software model of it that is so faithful to the original that, when run on appropriate hardware, it will behave in essentially the same way as the original brain. This would achieve software-based intelligence by copying biological intelligence (without necessarily understanding it). 

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