I'm into brain/psychology... computers I'm less familiar with, although I find some things to be interesting as well.
Well, we're not trying to build a brain from scratch. If you're going to do that, you're better off getting a bunch of neurons and figuring out how to hook them up the way you want them to using neurotransmitters, growth factors and attractants. That's still beyond the levels of current science but that's besides the point. All we're trying to say here is that the brain can be a type of computer. So we really would only need to make one that models parallel processing by connecting multiple simple circuits together. A big mess, but still it's an interesting idea. Actually, we don't really need to build it. Why not use a computer program to model the system? Simulation of a simple neural network has been done before I think So the only thing missing would be the physical components that make up this system.Upon deeper inspection of this idea we share, I hold that it would be a near hopeless endeavor, not because it would be impossible to analyze the routes of the neurons, but rather that every slice would be so different that we'd have hardship trying to get each one to work on the same language.
Hmmm now how do you get a simulation to make a decision? Wait... the main difference between a brain and a computer is the degree of self awareness... minus that... self-programming. I don't see how that's not simulatable... the travelling salesman problem... solvable by a program that mimics behavior of ants. Is that not self-learning? *scratches head* Maybe not... hmmm