20 May '13, 12pm

Slideshow: Feds Study Human Brain; DARPA Wants to Make Robots Autonomous

The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not. Here's how I found out. First, President Obama announced the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative in his April state of the union address, funded initially by about $100 million of his fiscal 2014 budget. According to a White House fact sheet , BRAIN is intended to boost R&D in medical fields. These include the treatment -- and perhaps cure or even prevention -- of Alzheimer's, conditions resulting from brain injuries, and epilepsy. Initial funds will come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and DARPA, and will be overseen at the top level by an NIH-directed working group . By this fal...

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