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  • Obama Pledges Money for Brain Map

  • This April, US President Barack Obama pledged US$100 million to support an initiative to map the human brain.

  • Having promised to make more money available for scientific research,

  • Obama said, "If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas."

  • The initiative is called BRAIN.

  • This stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.

  • The idea of mapping the brain has been floating around since 2011,

  • and had been gathering support until it finally received backing from the White House.

  • The initiative's goal is to find new ways to prevent, treat, and cure brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy.

  • The human brain is a complex organ, full of individual cells and neural pathways that literally react at the speed of thought.

  • If scientists can understand how all the components work, they will hopefully be able to fix any damage to the brain.

  • The mapping process should also provide insights into other mysteries, such as memory, personality, and behavior.

  • Much of the White House's financial support will be put toward the development of new technologies necessary for this research.

  • Furthermore, Obama pointed out other potential benefits to the initiative.

  • "What if computers could respond to our thoughts?

  • Or language barriers could come tumbling down?" he remarked.

  • He also stated that he hoped investing in the initiative would create new jobs in neurotechnology.

Obama Pledges Money for Brain Map

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    劉老 posted on 2013/07/12
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