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.
Interfacing the human brain to a computer – The human Brain Project
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.