• Here are the numbers: The computer scientists recreated 1.73 billion virtual nerve cells and 10.4 trillion synapses, each of which contained 24 bytes of memory. The simulation took 40 minutes of real, "biological" time to produce one virtual second.
  • The brain, by comparison, consists of about 86 billion neurons linked together by trillions of synapses, making for a total of hundreds of trillions of different pathways that brain signals travel through.
  • Simulating the human brain would actually call for a comprehensive, if theoretical, “connectome” map of the 100 trillion neural connections—and that’s something we don’t have, though some audacious neuroscientists are working on creating one.

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