A new device will let scientists create complex patterns of activity within the brain using optogenetics. The goal is to boost the amount of information and control that current systems deliver. It could also give more flexibility to optogenetics based neural prostheses.
As we approach 2013, the following trends continue to spawn companies, investment, and technologies:
- The proliferation of personalized mobile health technologies.
- The maturation of the Big Data ecosystem in health care.
- The rise of health startup accelerators.
- The emergence of health care exchange and alternative care delivery platforms.
The Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network (Spaun) is a computer model of the human brain built by Professor Chris Eliasmith and colleagues of the University of Waterloo in Canada. It comprises around two and a half million virtual neurons organized into functional groups rather like real neurons in regions of the human brain associated with vision, short-term memory, and so on. (The human brain has roughly 100 billion neurons.)
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