Monday, February 18, 2013

Moving forward on brain research--and economic growth, and fiscal sustainability.

The New York Times reports on a new brain-mapping project, to be launched by the Obama administration next month:

Scientists with the highest hopes for the project also see it as a way to develop the technology essential to understanding diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well as to find new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses.

Moreover, the project holds the potential of paving the way for advances in artificial intelligence.

The project, which could ultimately cost billions of dollars, is expected to be part of the president’s budget proposal next month. And, four scientists and representatives of research institutions said they had participated in planning for what is being called the Brain Activity Map project.

Leaders in both parties should realize that a new phase of healthcare politics has begun: The issue isn't just cutting, it's also growing--as in growing the economy, as in growing a healthier medical culture.   If we have those, then it will be easier to save money, over time, on entitlements. 

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