Simulated brain mimics human quirks

Model doesn't just calculate but turns decisions into actions

By Laura Sanders, 17:18 PM November 29, 2012

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A new computer simulation of the brain can count, remember and gamble. And the system, called Spaun, performs these tasks in a way that’s eerily similar to how people do.

Short for Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, Spaun is a crude approximation of the human brain. But scientists hope that the program and efforts like it could be a proving ground to test ideas about the brain.  

Several groups of scientists have been racing to construct a realistic model of th...

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