'Blue Brain' is an attempt to create a digital 3d replica of the brain. According to the article, progress so far includes:
- consolidating vailable neuroscience data from around the world and putting it on a compatible basis
- a simulation of the neo-cortex is already in place: "We built and simulated 10,000 compartmental neurons with over 30 millions dynamic synapses and are fine tuning the biological parameters. This is several orders of magnitude larger and more detailed than any previous attempt..."
The project is now entering a 'calibration phase' but 'will expand in 2008 to become a multinational project of enormous scale'.