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NSF awards $25 million to MIT based center to advance brain understanding

RATE THIS! +34
Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2013 07:41 PM by AlexMuller

 To help encourage progress in learning how the brain performs complex computations, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $25 million to establish a Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 
The center is one of three new research centers funded this year through NSF’s Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships program.
 
The MIT center will also play a key role in the new BRAIN Initiative, an effort by federal agencies and private partners to support and coordinate research to understand how the brain works.
 
“Understanding the brain is one of the grand scientific challenges at the intersection of the physical, life, behavioral and engineering sciences,” said John Wingfield, assistant director of NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate. “Despite major research and technological advances achieved in recent decades, a comprehensive understanding of the brain — how thoughts, memories and intelligent behavior emerge from dynamic brain activity — remains unexplained.”
 
Human intelligence has many aspects–including an ability to understand people and surroundings by using vision and language — so the researchers will take a multi-faceted approach. Recent work in artificial intelligence has focused in part on improvements in modeling human vision and social interaction, producing self-driving cars and the verbally quick Watson, for example.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-12
+4
Just the list of schools that the academics will be associated with is awesome, California Institute of Technology
Cornell University
Harvard University
MIT
Rockefeller University
Stanford University
University of California, Los Angeles
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-12
+5
I am not agreeing with skybeast, but I will say that there is certainly a lot of brain research going on and the fact that it was funded by Obama leaves definite room for concern. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-13
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aIUAkl Very neat blog post.Much thanks again. Fantastic. Reply
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Posted: 2013-09-25
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pqP3p2 Really informative article post.Really thank you! Keep writing. Reply
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Posted: 2013-10-15
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97AcjW Thanks a lot for the article post.Really thank you! Awesome. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-25
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