How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls allow us to do anything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and intrigued by the mysterious functioning of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can recreate in the computer the shapes of each of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brain, the components of complex neural circuits that allow us to move, see and hear , feel and think. With this new tool, scientists are beginning to decipher the secrets of brain architecture, which could one day enable us to develop smart technologies that surpass the capabilities of everything we have today.
This video is based on "A Rule for Cultivating All: A General Theory of Neural Branching and Its Practical Application," an article published by neuroscientist Hermann Cuntz and colleagues in the online journal PLoS Computational Biology.