December 2022 Newsletter

Featured Research

Removing the Brain from the Skull in Brain Banking
Andy McKenzie

Preserving the brain for the future requires a lot more procedural knowledge than one might think of at first. For example, we need to know how to remove the brain from the skull. Not only do we need certain tools for this, but also the knowledge about where and what to cut to extract an undamaged brain. In this article you can find out about the different tools and processes currently in use.

Brain Prosthesis to Improve Memory Loss
Science Friday

Neuroscientists are researching the electrical patterns of the brain involved in memory and how to mimic them with electrodes implanted in the brain. This could turn into a technology used a prosthetic for patients with memory loss problems. Dr. Robert Hampson, who is working on the prosthetic, explains how it works in this audio post.

Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works
Anil Ananthaswamy

Scientists started exploring how neural networks can be trained without using human-labeled data. The resulting self-supervised learning algorithms have produced success in modeling human language as well as image recognition. Furthermore, the research revealed that models of the mammalian visual and auditory systems built using self-supervised learning models are more similar to the brain than their supervised-learning counterparts.

Learn More About Whole Brain Emulation

In this section we introduce ideas related to whole brain emulation research. This month we explain the meaning of the “whole brain emulation” term itself.

What is "Whole Brain Emulation"?

The term "whole brain emulation" refers to an artificial system built to reproduce all relevant behaviors of an individual biological brain, by recreating the internal dynamics of that brain at a given level of detail.


  1. The whole-brain emulation of a particular zebra fish would demonstrate the unique behaviors (both learned and innate) of the original fish.
  2. An artificial brain, perhaps built of silicon, might run a whole-brain emulation.
  3. The Amazon series "Upload" features whole-brain emulation of deceased people, living in a virtual environment.

For more information, see Whole Brain Emulation: A Roadmap from the Future of Humanity Institute and Oxford University.

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