Pavlopoulos: AI Will Bring Breakthroughs in Understanding Human Brain


President of Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Stelios Missinas)

ATHENS - Further development of artificial intelligence will bring about a breakthrough in understanding brain function, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Monday, addressing the 7th "Human Brain Project Summit" on the development of computer technologies for understanding the function of the human brain.

He said that it was extremely interesting that the conference is organised by the European Human Brain Project (HBP) initiative, which is now in the second half of its planned ten-year duration and has a total funding of 1 billion euros, constituting one of the two largest-ever research grants given in Europe.

"The above fact is an earned recompense for those who serve the neurosciences dealing with the human brain, both in clinical practice concerning the relevant neurodegenerative diseases and in the scientific research with which they are inextricably linked," Pavlopoulos said.

The president noted that the way memory works is for him and every other layperson, a "beautiful" but unsolved mystery, adding that "firstly, we are what we are to a large extent thanks to what we learn and remember, and secondly, our memories are a kind of mental journey through time, which frees us from the constraints of time and space."