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$1.6B Human Brain Project under fire


Posted on Monday, 7 July, 2014 | Comment icon 9 comments

The project will seek to simulate the functionality of the human brain. Image Credit: sxc.hu
More than 190 neuroscience researchers have condemned the project as a waste of money.
The 10-year endeavor, which has been running for nine months, aims to reproduce the functionality of the human brain using an array of supercomputers to learn more about how our minds work and to aid in the development and testing of drug treatments.

The ambitious project however has been widely criticized by experts who believe that the $1.6B being assigned to it would be better invested in other existing projects.

In an open letter to the European Commission researchers have argued that the project's approach is too narrow and that the chance of failure is too high. They have also threatened to boycott the project in the event that their recommendations are ignored.

"I think we need to communicate more that it’s going to actually help them get more funding," said project leader Henry Markram. "They feel that money is being taken away, that it’s going to distract from the important work that they’re doing. There is really not a threat."

It is unclear whether the project's schedule and goals will change at all as a result of the protests.

Source: The Star | Comments (9)

Tags: Human Brain Project

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Comment icon #1 Posted by spartan max2 on 7 July, 2014, 19:22
translation 190 neuroscience researchers are mad that they are not the ones who got the funding But personally the project seems kind of useless to me too. I dont think we know enough about the brain to make a computer replica in the first place
Comment icon #2 Posted by 6.6.6 on 7 July, 2014, 19:28
Here here
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam on 7 July, 2014, 19:43
How the mind works? Would this supercomputer be basing this on a select few, because the mind can be altered by so many different things, be it - drugs, alcohol, memories, experiences, influences, money, families, films, friends, religion, etc etc etc etc etc.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dark_Grey on 7 July, 2014, 19:50
I bet they blow through that $1.6 billion pretty fast with minimal gains.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Calle on 7 July, 2014, 20:03
I bet they blow through that $1.6 billion pretty fast with minimal gains. dont think their supposed to have any gain from reserch funding until the reserch is complete.
Comment icon #6 Posted by shaddow134 on 8 July, 2014, 1:12
The EEC is very efficient in wasting vast sums of money....
Comment icon #7 Posted by coolguy on 8 July, 2014, 6:08
I think Obama made this happen, what a waste of money
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevemagegod on 9 July, 2014, 2:26
Hey its better than wasting 1.6Billion dollars funding wars...........
Comment icon #9 Posted by zebra99 on 9 July, 2014, 19:31
Reminds me of that gag... The worlds first super computer built by the leading nations at a cost of billions said to be more intelligent than a thousand human brains. On completion the scientists put their names in a lottery to pick the one who would ask the first question. A Japanese scientist won the lottery and typed in his first question.."Is there a God?" The computer burst into life,and after a pause of a few seconds a message appeared on the screen. THERE IS NOW


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