The 2014 Brain Initiative
This is exciting! It’s as revolutionary as the Human Genome Project, which took 13 years to complete in 2003.
Today, it’s hard to listen to more than a thousand neurons at once. Scanners typically can only map the brain down to chunks the size of a poppy seed. With 86 billion neurons and about 100 trillion connections, there’s plenty of room to do better. Whether scientists can do for the brain what they’ve done for the genome we cannot predict.