No list of science fiction horror would be complete without the granddaddy of them all. We all know some variation of the story: A mad scientist brings a monster, made of an assortment of human corpses, to life. The means vary depending on the source (Mary Shelly's novel is vague about it while movies have used a variety of means from lightening to electric eels) and history has more than one example of scientists trying to reanimate the dead.
But there's a new wrinkle that Mary Shelly could never have thought of – creating an artificial life with computers instead of biology. That's the premise of The Blue Brain Project, which was started in May 2005 by the Brain and Mind Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The goal of the project is to eventually use supercomputers to create a synthetic human brain capable of everything its biological counterpart is. The project is still in its infancy, but in an October 2015 article in the journal Nature researchers with the project announced they had been able to successful simulate a very small part of a rat's cortex. Sympathetic monsters here we come!
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