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BLUEBRAIN – Year One: Documentary Film Preview

[ 93 ] February 3, 2010 |

We are very proud to present the world premiere of BLUEBRAIN – Year One, a documentary short which previews director Noah Hutton’s 10-year film-in-the-making that will chronicle the progress of The Blue Brain Project, Henry Markram’s attempt to reverse-engineer a human brain. Enjoy the piece and let us know what you think.

The film is being produced by Noah Hutton’s production company, Couple 3 Films.

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  1. […] a reverse-engineering method similar to that of the Blue Brain Project, Jenn-Kang Hwang and her team at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan have engineered a […]

  2. Brain 2045 says:

    Hi Noah, when does the second part “Year Two” should be released? was it filmed already?

    I’m really waiting for it.


  3. Brain 2045 says:

    Hi Noah, when does the second part “Year Two” should be released? was it filmed already?

    I’m really waiting for it.


    • Noah Hutton says:

      Thanks for the question. I am planning on filming Year Two in June 2011.

      • Brain 2045 says:

        That would be great!

        Can you please ask him what about the mechanical robot that he said he would connect to the Blue Brain computer? He said that almost 3 years ago in an interview to the Seed Magazine, but since then I didn’t hear anything about it. Why?

        “Once the team is able to model a complete rat brain—that should happen in the next two years—Markram will download the simulation into a robotic rat, so that the brain has a body. He’s already talking to a Japanese company about constructing the mechanical animal. “The only way to really know what the model is capable of is to give it legs,” he says. “If the robotic rat just bumps into walls, then we’ve got a problem.”

        Installing Blue Brain in a robot will also allow it to develop like a real rat. The simulated cells will be shaped by their own sensations, constantly revising their connections based upon the rat’s experiences. “What you ultimately want,” Markram says, “is a robot that’s a little bit unpredictable, that doesn’t just do what we tell it to do.” His goal is to build a virtual animal—a rodent robot—with a mind of its own”

        I’m really interesting about this because I think this would be the best test to know if they built the brain right.

        Can you please ask him about that?


        • Jeff says:

          Take a look at this 3 part video of Markram talking at the Supercomputing Conference in June 2011. He discusses his plan to create a virtual robot to test his complete rodent brain simulation.

          Btw, if external links are not allowed on this site, just go to youtube and search for “Henry Markram: Simulating the Brain — The Next Decisive Years”

  4. John says:

    I don’t like that I have to listen to music all the time, even when Markram or anyone speaks. I understand that a film without music would give the eerie feeling that something is missing. But so what, the whole subject is eerie.

    • Someone new says:

      I must say that I agree with John with 100%, I saw the film about a year ago and I remember very clearly that it was very annoying to hear the music in the background while Henry Markram is talking. Please try to avoid it in the new film.

      Another thing that I really didn’t like was the Zoom-in Into Markram’s face which was too exaggerated and too intimate to my taste. The camera shouldn’t be glued to people’s faces while they are talking, I don’t need to see every dental filling that they have in their tooths, as a viewer I found it very disturbing.

      Please take this remarks in account in the new film.



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  8. Beatrix says:

    My only question is:

    Where do they get the input information? Who’s brain are they reverse-engineering? Is it informed consent?

  9. Excellent video. Thank you very much. I have researched and written a hypothesis, The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis, which suggests where memories are actually stored. I would like to get a copy to Henry Markram to see if it helps him meet his goals with the Blue Brain Project. I am very impressed with Markram’s determination. John Beiswenger

  10. […] Richard Walker glaubt daran, dass sie es schaffen werden und teilt Markrams Begeisterung. „Das Human Brain Project ist das größte Projekt, das ich in meinem Leben gesehen habe. Es hat eine reale Chance, die Welt […]

  11. […] in a documentary feature in 2020. If you haven’t seen Year One, you can watch that here. Enjoy the piece and let us know what you […]

  12. John says:

    Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

  13. […] that is great and I highly recommend it. here is the link to the first year but they have done 2. BLUEBRAIN – Year One: Documentary Film Preview : The Beautiful Brain All I can say is wow when I think about this project. […]

  14. […] Brain Project. Here is a link to a documentary on it. They have done year 1 and year 2. Year 1: BLUEBRAIN – Year One: Documentary Film Preview : The Beautiful Brain Year 2: Bluebrain | Year Two : The Beautiful Brain This is the actual scientific project that […]

  15. Chetan says:

    Sir which algorithm is used for scanning the brain.
    That nanobots can scan our brain also they travel through our CNS.

  16. […] le savoir. Henry Markram laissait ainsi clairement entendre dans la première partie du film au long cours de Noah Hutton, avant l’obtention de la bourse européenne d’un milliard d’euros, qu’il […]

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