Researchers Protest Europe's Human Brain Project

July 7, 2014 10:49 PM

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Researchers Protest Europe's Human Brain Project

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union.

In an open letter issued Monday, more than 190 neuroscience researchers called on the EU to put less money into the effort to "build" a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects. If the EU doesn't adopt their recommendations, the scientists said, they will boycott the Human Brain Project and...

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