But what if it’s telling them a false story? Technological advances are making the brain increasingly accessible, and yet somehow its mysteries have only deepened. This is where machine learning algorithms come in. They can predict the weather, the stock market and could be able to discover the hidden patterns in neural activity and reveal insights into how our brains operate. Bahar Gholipour explores the computational attempts at describing the behaviour of neurons that could potentially bring us closer to understanding the secrets of the brain.