The human brain is a very complex structure: neuroscientists are still discovering all of the brain's potential and how neurological diseases occur. According to an article on
The primary goal of creating an artificial brain, according to the scientists behind the project, is to treat mental illnesses. While the idea of creating an artificial brain may seem like science fiction, research is drawing much closer than ever before.
According to Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, parts of an artificial rat brain have already been created. The focus in the creation of the artificial brain is making a neocortical column, which is part of the neocortex. According to Markram, the neocortical column is essential in mammals to help “cope with parenthood, social interactions and complex cognitive functions.” The
Because the artificial brain can provide better insight into brain function, it can also lead to treatment of mental illness, since many mental illnesses do not have fully effective treatments. According to the