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DARPA Ends Brain Reverse Engineering Project

Posted 15 Mar 2007 at 21:53 UTC by steve Share This

An article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger says DARPA has "quietly killed" their project to reverse engineering the human brain. The project, known as Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), had been compared to other very difficult projects such as the atomic bomb or moon landing. DARPA has denied requests to explain why they dropped the project and neuroscientists who were involved said, "All we know is it's dead". The first phase was a $9.5 million project planning stage. The cancelled phase 2 was to be a $50-100 million attempt to design "psychologically-based and neurobiology-based cognitive architectures" based on the human brain. There is speculation that DARPA concluded phase 2 was simply to ambitious. For more detailed information see DARPA's BICA Information Pamplhlet (PDF format) or the reports from Phase 1 participants.


A beautiful mind, posted 16 Mar 2007 at 21:48 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

atomic bomb or moon landing. DARPA has denied requests to explain why they dropped the project and neuroscientists who were involved said, "All we know is it's dead".

Don't know why, but this sentence bothers me!

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