Obama Unveils Bold Plan to Map the Human Brain
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled an
intrepid plan to develop tools that can better map the human brain,
furthering scientists' understanding of how it works and how it can
be healed when damaged.
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative
Neurotechnologies initiative, or BRAIN, will begin with a $100
million investment in Obama's 2014 budget.
The White House is hopeful that BRAIN will result in the
development of neural imaging technologies that will give
scientists an unprecedented look at how different sections of the
human brain interact in real-time speeds, potentially paving the
pay for treatments for debilitating disorders such as Alzheimer's
"These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain
records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of
information, and shed light on the complex links between brain
function and behavior," reads a White House press release on the
During a White House event revealing the BRAIN project, Obama
made the case that the program would provide an economic return on
the government's investment and maintain America's status as a
leader of global innovation.
"The most powerful computer in the world isn't nearly as
intuitive as the one we're born with," said Obama.
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