December 27th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

The challenge of mapping the brain

President Barack Obama announced the “BRAIN” Initiative in 2013. It's an effort to show the brain's neural circuits work together in real time. To find out more about efforts to map the brain, watch the "Moonshots" special on December 28 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

Zakaria: Is it more difficult to map the brain than it was to map the human genome, which took about, initially, 10 or 15 years?

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist: It will take a lot of time.  Realize that the Human Genome Project only talked about maybe 20,000 genes or so that may that govern the human body. The brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons.  That's as many stars as there are in the Milky Way Galaxy.


Kaku: And so it will take time.

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  1. Philip

    I had NOTHING to do with my being born in the stupidest nation on earth filled with fat people who consume anything offered to them, be that sh/tty food or propaganda. I am INNOCENT of you fat fu*ks. Got it?

    December 28, 2014 at 4:37 am |
  2. Philip

    Yes. Americans are fatter and lazier than ever before. Care to debate? No, you would rather attack me for showing you to yourself.

    December 28, 2014 at 4:45 am |
  3. Philip

    Are you fat? Then you are stupid. Got it?

    December 28, 2014 at 4:49 am |
    • rupert

      The bird brain strikes again

      Coockoo. Coockoo

      December 28, 2014 at 7:15 am |
  4. Philip

    ONLY a stupid person can become obese. Do you understand this simple fact?

    December 28, 2014 at 4:50 am |
  5. Philip

    Can man create a fat person?

    December 28, 2014 at 4:50 am |
    • Philip

      You god damned right man can create a fat person and already has!

      December 28, 2014 at 5:01 am |
    • rupert

      Can a man and a woman create a stupid baby that will grow up to be a little stupid man?

      Yes. Just look at Philip.
      Coockoo. Coockoo.

      December 28, 2014 at 7:44 am |
  6. Philip

    banasy and Chrissy are living proof!

    December 28, 2014 at 5:02 am |
    • rupert

      Bobcat was right. U are fishing. U just love to get a response from chrissy and banasy. And when they call u names, u start ...crying about it and play the innocent victim after u initiate the battle by throwing the first blow.

      Nice act Philip. It's gotten old and is very transparent.

      December 28, 2014 at 7:37 am |
  7. Fat cun t

    Oh! But my metabolism is different.

    December 28, 2014 at 5:13 am |
  8. Factoid

    Americans are mostly fat and lazy. Care to debate this simple fact?

    December 28, 2014 at 5:27 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      @ Philip,
      I won't debate you on that topic, as I agree that many USA citizens have become fatter and lazier over recent decades.
      Would you say that most Germans are fat and lazy?

      December 28, 2014 at 5:43 am |
      • Philip

        Of COURSE Germans are fat and lazy. They were the first humans to be drugged by advanced NAZI meds that cause weight gain and brain damage, Joey. Americans didn't get NAZI Bayer AG drugs until after WW2.

        December 28, 2014 at 5:49 am |
      • Philip

        Germans are drugged automotons that build neat stuff is all.

        December 28, 2014 at 5:50 am |
      • Philip

        *most. Not "many" as you say.

        December 28, 2014 at 5:52 am |
  9. Fat Biatch

    You are a bad man, Philip.

    December 28, 2014 at 5:46 am |
  10. Philip

    what are u doing up so late, Joey?

    December 28, 2014 at 5:57 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I am up early.
      For church.

      December 28, 2014 at 6:07 am |
      • Philip

        Lol. What church is open this early to accept donations, Joey.

        December 28, 2014 at 6:09 am |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Have to go now. Bye.

    December 28, 2014 at 6:13 am |
    • Philip

      Bye, then. Make sure to give the church man lots of money to make him rich. And think that God approves. ttyl

      December 28, 2014 at 6:15 am |
      • rupert

        Good people go to church and give money when they can. I know for a fact that the church gives the poor food and shelter when it can while lazy fukks like u and me sleep on sunday.
        So don't knock joey down for helping out.

        December 28, 2014 at 8:16 am |
  12. Philip

    Yes. For man to make a computer that can match the computing power of a 6 year-old girls brain, it would have to be three feet tall and big enough to cover the entire surface of planet earth.
    Men are puny little creatures who oftentimes stick their chests out, as in the case of this news article.

    December 28, 2014 at 6:31 am |
  13. Public Enemy

    The entire world's music and entertainment industry is controlled by a very few wealthy men who bribe Madonna's and Mylie Cyruses into becoming stage ho's. This, according to a very famous Hall of Fame man named Professor Griif of Public Enemy who turned down their bribes. NOT according to me. banutzi.,d.aWw

    December 28, 2014 at 6:45 am |
  14. Public Enemy

    Yup. Led Zep, The Beatles. The Eagles, etc etc etc are all bribe takers who did and do what they are told.

    December 28, 2014 at 6:46 am |
  15. rupert

    Winston Churchill was fat. That does not make him stupid.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:03 am |
    • Philip

      Yes. It does. Winston was a big fat LIAR.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:29 am |
  16. rupert

    Coocko. Coocko.
    No. Those men were not bribe takers. They were not in an official capacity like a mexican policeman.
    Did u know Philip that over 40% of law enforcement in Mexico is corrupt and thus fit your little group of bribe takers?
    Corruption is so bad there that the military has relieved entire police squads due to bribes, corruption, and serious crimes.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:09 am |
  17. rupert

    No. The bands take no bribes. They perform and get paid. Don't believe what someone said about it.
    To repeat a stupidity and give it credibility makes u appear stupid.
    Don't be stupid, stupid.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:13 am |
  18. rupert

    Philip the fat pig is gone to eat and stuff is pork face.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:17 am |
  19. rupert

    Philips brain...

    20% mercury

    10 % working brain cells

    20% s hit

    50% fat

    So that makes Philip a fat head.
    Care to debate?

    December 28, 2014 at 7:25 am |
  20. rupert

    ...where is bird brain..

    Coockoo. Coockoo

    December 28, 2014 at 7:27 am |
  21. rupert

    Philip u are an. ig.nor ant a.s.s.

    Care to debate?

    December 28, 2014 at 7:39 am |
    • Philip

      Care to debate is MY line, little r. So, back off.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:33 am |
  22. rupert

    India is a good country. Blue Saffron loves Modi. Modi is a hero in that part of the country.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:46 am |
  23. rupert

    Hey. I'm fishing. I like it. I like it.

    December 28, 2014 at 7:47 am |
  24. rupert

    Blue Saffron eats India camel poop.

    Philip eats american cat poop.

    Hannah and cantor eat reindeer poop

    Shinning star eats wall greens customer poop

    El jefe eats pig poop

    December 28, 2014 at 7:50 am |
  25. chri§§y

    Cute post @ rupert @ 7:37 and 7:39. I havent been here in several days but i see nothing much has changed with the exception to a certain someone drinking more than usual! Tell me....WHO could EVER be so proud that their adopted daughter (if in fact she exists even) calls their "adopted dad" my whiskey, whiskey dad??? Thats just freakin nuts and he needs to be commited!

    December 28, 2014 at 8:01 am |
  26. rupert

    Fill-Up's office OLD HAG LIST for Sunday December 28, 2014:

    Philip Ugene Douglas

    Blue Saffron



    El Jefe

    Shinning Star

    December 28, 2014 at 8:01 am |
    • Philip

      It's pronounced Eugene, dummy.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:36 am |
  27. rupert

    Hi chrissy. I'm following the Interview? No way to stop it.
    NK can eat crow.

    December 28, 2014 at 8:04 am |
  28. chri§§y

    As for pullups asertion that banasy and i are fat is pure fantasy on his part. He has never met nor seen either one of us, nor will he...unless its at the end of a loaded shotgun! My belief is he is overcompensating because HE is fat as a house. What alcoholic isnt? Drinking as much as he does, of course hes fat. And as with all other alcoholics hes meaner than catshi! and twice as nasty! Needs to check into Betty Ford then he wouldnt have to make up adopted children because his real daughter, Leah might actually want something to do with him! He chose this life and has no one to blame but himself! Certainly not banasy nor i!

    December 28, 2014 at 8:18 am |
    • Philip

      BS chrussty. You and donna are both fat. Fess up and move long.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:30 am |
    • Philip

      Stop making excuses for drunkards, Chru$$ty, by calling them "alcoholics". Freaking co-dependent door mats anyway.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:35 am |
  29. chri§§y

    @ rupert...i did NOT knock Joey for going to church. Wherever did you get that notion? Im going to church myself so why would i bash someone else for that?

    December 28, 2014 at 8:24 am |
    • Philip

      Ummm. Because that's what you do, maybe?

      December 28, 2014 at 9:32 am |
  30. rupert

    I was talking to Philip. Not to my cutie patootie. 🙂

    December 28, 2014 at 8:52 am |
    • Philip

      It's pronounced cooties, not cuties. Get a clue.

      December 28, 2014 at 9:37 am |
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