Markram thinks that in 10 years, they’ll either have an artificial human brain that has consciousness or they’ll know that consciousness is more than just a neurological pattern. If they do succeed, Markram says they’ll bring the brain to TED to speak.

In this speech the brain will reveal its plans to take over the world’s computer-controlled weapons and enslave humanity. An audience member will smugly ask when the brain was planning to do this. To which it will reply, “Do it? I did it 35 minutes ago.”

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Also, check out the blue brain project.

“The Blue Brain Project is the first comprehensive attempt to reverse-engineer the mammalian brain, in order to understand brain function and dysfunction through detailed simulations.”