According to a recent report, “The BRAIN Initiative” (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), could surpass the work of presidents Roosevelt (Manhattan Project for the atom bomb, 1942-1945, $26 billion in 2013 dollars, 100,000+ people); Kennedy (men on the moon, 1963-1969, $134 billion, 400,000+ people); and Clinton (the human genome project, 1990-1993, $4.6 billion, “thousands” of people).
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And it could be the greatest legacy of the Obama administration, they say.
Though initial funding, announced on April 2, 2013, is small [Note: $100 million is now “small”; Wikipedia suggests it’s $300 million per year for 10 years], increases are expected, and the private sector is doing well-funded parallel work to unravel the secret workings of the human brain and mind.
The White House description of what they’re doing includes how Obama: “will direct his Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to explore the ethical, legal and societal implications raised,” by this and similar projects.: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/brain-initiative