There are complex differential equations that must be solved to simulate the ionic flow in the branches, to simulate the ion channels biophysics, the protein-protein interactions, as well as the complete biochemical and genetic machinery as well as the synaptic transmission between neurons. Hundreds of thousands of more differential equations. They have none of this.
Then there are glia -- ten times more than neurons -- and the blood supply, and more and more. These "points" they simulated and the synapses that they use for communication are literally millions of times simpler than a real cat brain. So they have not even simulated a cat's brain at one millionth of its complexity. It is not even close to an ants brain.
Fish: The official IBM press release did not explicitly state that the Blue Matter team modeled a cat brain, however many blogs and news sites did. Do you feel the distortion of the announcement is the fault of IBM, the press, or both and why?
Markram: I know very well how the press can blow up things, but this time the press is not to blame. They are the victim of an outright false announcement. This is IBM's Modha false claim, no one else is to blame. Here is an excerpt from the abstract of his non peer-reviewed "Cat Out of the Bag" Gordon Bell Prize paper: