Scientists to build 'brain box'
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Date posted: 19/07/2006
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The Brain

A new type of computer that mimics the complex interactions in the human brain is being built by UK scientists.

The ?1m machine, nicknamed the "brain box", will be constructed at the University of Manchester.

Professor Steve Furber, of the university school of computer science, said computer science had much to learn from biological systems.

"Our brains keep working despite frequent failures of their component neurons, and this 'fault-tolerant' characteristic is of great interest to engineers who wish to make computers more reliable," he explained.

Another function of the computer will be to help scientists understand how details of complex visual scenes are encoded by the brain.

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