The centrepiece of European neuroscience, the Human Brain Project, promised to build a simulation of a human brain in a supercomputer within the next 10 years. The project is now being boycotted by Europe’s top neuroscientists due to its grandiose claims and internal mismanagement. Is this ambitious goal really feasible or is neuroscience just not there yet?
Brain computer interfaces have sparked tremendous interest in the field of neuroscience: we are at a stage where monkeys can control robots and people can answer emails simply with their thoughts. But revolutionary systems like these are criticised for their seeming lack of ethical consideration. Are these criticisms entirely justified?
It’s clear that more studies are needed to determine how modern technologies are affecting our brains. But what sort of research questions should we be asking?