” Breaking News – White House Announces “BRAIN” initiative”

Hank Greely-April 2,2013
Stanford Center for Law and Biosciences
““Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Technologies” will be the subject of over $100 million in federal investment. DARPA will contribute $50 million, NIH $40 million, and NSF $20 million. They will partner with the Allen Institute ($60 million), Kavli Foundation ($4 million), Salk Institute ($28 million), and Howard Hughes Medical Institute ($30 million). It’s not clear what all these dollar figures really mean, but it almost certainly beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

BRAIN is to be led by two prominent neuroscientists: Bill Newsome at Stanford (great scientist, good guy) and Cori Bergmann at NYU (don’t know her, though know her name).

BRAIN is to have an ethics component, to be handled (initially?) by the President making requests to the President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI). PCSBI has at least two members were versed in neuroethics and law and neuroscience: Nita Farahany and Jonathan Moreno. In the long run I think any one general bioethics commission won’t prove adequate – I’d prefer “let a hundred flowers bloom,” though that requires water, fertilizer, and (of course) money for those flowers. But this is astart.”

Where we replace Big Pharma with Big Device. With, of course, all the “evidence” to support the theory.

The report from the Presidential Commission for Bioethics found that there is enough ethical oversight in place to prevent another Guatemala from happening again.

White House Anouncement:

Unfortunataly the Death Star petition failed as well.

At least it was’nt called the “Jedi mind meld”.:)


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