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Obama Unveils Bold Plan to Map the Human Brain

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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 and epilepsy.

 

"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 BRAIN initiative.

 

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.

References and further information

The original article was produced by Mashable.

 

To view the rest of this article, visit the Mashable website.
http://mashable.com/2013/04/02/obama-brain/

 

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