Understanding how the brain functions may well qualify as the most difficult single problem that mankind will ever encounter. Some would consider that it is a logical impossibility for a brain to understand its own workings. However, the huge technological advances in the last decade to help us view the brain in action are beginning to give us clues as to how it actually works. What changes will this knowledge bring and will a combination of computer and brain science allow us to construct artificial intelligence that will rival or even exceed our own?

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