The Amazing Human Brain Project.
Artificial reality and brain-computer interface technology ( which to some extend compete? ), relies on our understanding of the human brain. Developing an interface or operating system for a computer to be able to link the human brain cannot come before we understand how the brain works. It would not make sense to connect a computer that we completely understand ( since we developed it) to the brain without knowing how it works and which areas control which functions.
Luckily, I am not the only one that believes this as a team of researchers have created what is knows as the Human Brain Project. Structured in a similar way the human genome project was set up, it involves hundreds of researchers from around the world , each contributing in a particular area. In this way we have open sourced the mapping and exploration of the human brain.
The Human Brain Project is a large ten-year scientific research project that aims to build a collaborative ICT-based scientific research infrastructure to allow researchers across Europe to advance knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. The Project, which started on 1 October 2013, is a European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship. The project is coordinated by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and is largely funded by the European Union.
The project is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The output of this project will set the stage for the next level of brain-computer interfaces and maybe take us in a different direction for artificial intelligence research.