Brain Projects

This week, the United States’ President Barack Obama announced the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative. The objective of this is to an area in which we are still so ignorant. Its purpose is to map it in the long-run, and to try to better respond to illnesses like Alzeihmer, trauma brain injuries, Parkinson, migraines, epilepsy or drug addictions. The project will start in 2014 with a budget of 100 million dollars, allocated by several US agencies, but it is estimated that it may cost 3 billion dollars in 10 years. In parallel, the European Union has also the Human Brain Project, which has the same goal, but a much shorter budget. The future of medicine, neuroscience and psychology could be revolutionized. If we pursue conspiracy theories, some fear these projects may be used to create mind control technologies. But then again, all great projects have risks.
Check out the official White House statement concerning the project or the EU website.


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