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Randal A. Koene

Randal A. Koene
Randal A. Koene in TEDxTallinn 2012
Fields Neuroscience, Neuroengineering
Institutions Tecnalia
Alma mater McGill University, Delft University of Technology
Known for Whole brain emulation, Mind uploading

Randal A. Koene[1] is a Dutch neuroscientist and neuroengineer, and co-founder of,[2] the outreach and roadmapping organization for advancing [4] and first proposed the term and specific approach called whole brain emulation, the purpose of which is the technological accomplishment of mind transfer to a different substrate. His professional research objective is the implementation of whole brain emulation: creating the large-scale high-resolution representations and emulations of activity in neuronal circuitry that are needed in patient-specific neuroprostheses. He is a member of the Oxford working group that convened in 2007 to create a first roadmap toward whole brain emulation.[5]

Koene has professional expertise in neuroprostheses and neural interfaces. And based on NETMORPH,[6] Koene's computational framework for the simulated morphological development of neuronal circuitry, his lab is creating a Virtual Brain Laboratory to give neuroscientists, neuroengineers and clinicians large-scale high-resolution quantitative tools analogous to the computational tools that have become essential in fields such as genetics, chemistry or the aero-space industry. This effort bridges scales and will help determine how significant functions are encoded robustly in neural ensembles, and how those functions can nevertheless depend in specific ways on the detailed biophysics of particular component physiology.


  1. ^ Randal A. Koene personal website
  2. ^
  3. ^ Tecnalia
  4. ^
  5. ^ Whole Brain Emulation: A roadmap
  6. ^

External links

  • webpage
  • ASIM Expert Series 2010, Write-up and Video: "Realistic Routes to Substrate-Independent Minds"
  • Singularity Summit 2009, Video: The Time is Now: As a Species and as Individuals we Need Whole Brain Emulation"
  • Video: “Scope and Resolution in Neural Prosthetics and Special Concerns for Emulation of a Whole Brain”
  • AGI 2010 Tutorial, Video: "Neural Mechanisms of Reinforcement Learning"
  • Singularity Summit Australia talk, Video & Abstract: "Substrate Independent Minds"
  • Singularity Summit Australia talk, Video & Abstract: "Extending Life is Not Enough"
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