Google and The BRAIN Initiative

Google engineers are building tools and developing infrastructure to analyze petabytescale datasets generated by the BRAIN Initiative.

Google is working closely with the Allen Institute to develop scalable computational solutions to advance scientific understanding of the brain and with Janelia Research and several academic partners. Google is building the software tools and supporting infrastructure needed to analyze the datasets generated by the BRAIN Initiative to better understand the brain’s computational circuitry and the neural basis for human cognition.

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

"Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become.

Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud."

Could future devices read images from our brains?

"As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think."

Filmed March 2013 at TED 2013
Uploaded to YouTube on March 3, 2013 by TED

Thomas Insel, MD – Verily

Lead, Google Life Sciences Division
Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Formerly Co-chair, BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG)

Thomas R. Insel, M.D., was former Director of NIMH, the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. His tenure at NIMH had been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illnesses.

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