A Biological Imitation Game

Cell. 2015 Oct 8;163(2):277-80. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.09.045.


The digital reconstruction of a slice of rat somatosensory cortex from the Blue Brain Project provides the most complete simulation of a piece of excitable brain matter to date. To place these efforts in context and highlight their strengths and limitations, we introduce a Biological Imitation Game, based on Alan Turing's Imitation Game, that operationalizes the difference between real and simulated brains.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Male
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Neocortex / cytology*
  • Neurons / classification*
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Somatosensory Cortex / cytology*