Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project
Neurologists protest Europe's $1.6 billion project to simulate human brain on supercomputers
By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2014-07-07 11:22 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.

The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter, more than 190 neuroscience researchers on Monday called on the EU to put less money into the effort to "build" a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects.

If the EU doesn't adopt their recommendations, the scientists say, they will boycott the Human Brain Project and urge colleagues to do the same.

European Union officials said they were consulting with their own experts, but spokesman Ryan Heath called for patience, and for all parties in the dispute "to work together."

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