Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

Source: Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

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The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

Or, at least, his estimations of how long it will take for scientists to understand our brains well enough that they could be replicated digitally. [...]