Look who’s studying the brain

Apparently, POTUS’ 2014 budget included $100 million for the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. According to POTUS:

“Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race.”

He’s giving taxpayer money to the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation to get the project off the ground. DARPA’s involvement should raise a red flag. And so should the project’s so-called private sector partners.

According to San Francisco Business Times:

The public-private project, starting with $100 million next year, will be led by Stanford University’s William Newsome and Rockefeller University’s Cori Bargmann, a former UCSF professor. They will define the project, its goals and cost estimates, according to The New York Times.

A professor from the Rockefeller University is defining the projects goals. It’s the Rockefellers who gave us our current pharmaceutically-based medical system, while John D. Rockefeller lived to be 97 using homeopathic medicine. Britain’s royal family and other elitists continue to use homeopathic doctors.

As for the other head of the project, William Newsome, he works for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Hughes was a big-time defense contractor (see below).

Let’s start with the organizations that seem to have a legitimate interest in studying the brain. NIH (National Institutes of Health):

NIH

…exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

National Science Foundation:

To create tools to image, sense, record and affect real-time brain function and complex behavior, and develop theories and systems to collect, visualize, analyze, model, store, and distribute BRAIN data.

To strategically capitalize on insights gained from BRAIN to inspire novel conceptual paradigms and innovative technologies and designs that will benefit society.

They want to affect real-time brain function and complex behavior. That means they want to manipulate or change those things. They also want to capitalize on their development of innovative technologies that will benefit society. They try to make it sound nice, but in what way do they want to manipulate brain function and what type of technology are they hoping to produce? Will it be the type that’s also of interest to DARPA?

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency):

The mission of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) is to foster, demonstrate, and transition breakthrough fundamental research, discoveries, and applications that integrate biology, engineering, and computer science for national security.

DARPA wants to integrate biology, engineering, and computer science for national security. So much for the argument that their interest in the brain is due to their concern for military personnel with brain injuries.

DARPA is also working on RAM, the Restoring Active Memory project. From localorg:

In essence, RAM would also allow humans to expand their brains into non-organic systems. While the project states it intends to restore memory function to those with deficiencies, the same prosthetic could also be used to expand the memory capacity of people with normal brain functions…

It sounds good, saving memories for those whose brains can no longer retain or retrieve them. But this is DARPA, a Department of Defense agency that develops technology for the military.

Someone else who developed technology for the military was Howard Hughes. He was a major defense contractor and his companies live on. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a private sector partner in BRAIN. It’s located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Its Janelia Farm Research facility is located in Ashburn, Virginia. Is it just a coincidence that both are located on the outskirts of Washington, DC?

HHMI’s Wikipedia entry states:

Initially, the institute was formed with the stated goal of basic research including trying to understand, in Hughes’ words, “the genesis of life itself.” Despite its principles, in the early days it was generally viewed as largely a tax haven for Hughes’ huge personal fortune. Hughes was the sole trustee of HHMI and transferred all his stock of Hughes Aircraft to the institute, in effect turning the large defense contractor into a tax-exempt charity.

So, Hughes was interested in discovering the genesis of life. Is that still a goal of HHMI?

As for HHMI’s current work:

Chemists, physicists, computational scientists, and engineers work in close collaboration with biologists to tackle problems in neuroscience and imaging. At the interface of these two research areas are approaches to map the structure of neural circuits and monitor their function during animal behavior.

The purpose of understanding is always control. If they can figure out how the brain works, they can control it. And if they can understand the origin of life, they think they can produce it themselves. See my previous post on robots and consciousness.

This brings us to another private sector partner, the Allen Institute for Brain Science:

The Allen Institute was established to answer some of the most pressing questions in neuroscience, grounded in an understanding of the brain and inspired by our quest to uncover the essence of what makes us human.

Paul G. Allen was also the co-founder of Microsoft and founder of the Allen Institute for the Artificial Intelligence.

Another private sector partner is also a former defense contractor whose vast earnings ended up sheltered in a foundation. That would be Fred Kavli, formerly of the Kavlico Corporation, which produced custom sensors for “mission critical applications” in, among others, the medical, aerospace, and defense markets. The Kavli Foundation is similar to the Rockefeller Foundation in that it’s spreading its influence by establishing Kavli Institutes on prominent university campuses. That’s how the Rockefellers gave us our current medical system.

From the Kavli Foundation, The BRAIN Initiative: Surviving the Data Deluge:

Ultimately, they hope to build instruments that will monitor the activity of hundreds of thousands and perhaps 1 million neurons, taking 1,000 or more measurements each second. The early work will likely focus on research animals, such as zebrafish, mice and monkeys…

This million-neuron march will unleash a torrent of data…

Fortunately, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm have experience with storing, maintaining, and accessing large data sets. They recommend locating data storage, high-performance computers, and specialized software at “brain observatories” that would house the specialized instruments used to generate brain activity data. This would allow the observatories to take advantage of high-speed connections to speed the data from the laboratory into banks of servers. Researchers could then access, search, visualize, and analyze petabytes of data through the cloud by using a web browser.

What are the chances that no one will be able to hack into that? Isn’t it also comforting to see Google and Microsoft mentioned? As for Qalcomm, a semiconductor company that sells wireless telecommunications products (see this Wikipedia entry for a list of the companies it’s gobbled up), one of its founders was Irwin M. Jacobs, an electrical engineer who’s a chairman on the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is another private sector BRAIN partner. It sent Terrence Sejnowski, a professor at the Salk Institute and an “Investigator” at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to the press conference at which POTUS announced BRAIN. Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience:

It is an interdisciplinary science that links the diverse fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology with electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, and physics…

One of the ultimate goals of psychology/neuroscience is to be able to explain the everyday experience of conscious life.

Again, if you can understand it, you can manipulate it. Are we comfortable with electrical engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and DARPA knowing everything there is to know about the brain?

Remember that POTUS mentioned the Space Race? Well, BRAIN is part of a global program, which in the EU is called The Human Brain Project.

HBP logo

The HBP community is a collection of diverse institutes and companies.  Each contributes to a facet of the implementation of the HBP. Organizations which receive funding from the HBP can be found in the Partners section.  Organizations which are aligned with the HBP vision, but are not HBP funded, can be found in the Collaborating Partners section.

Notice how research is compartmentalized so the worker bees don’t see the big picture.

Here are a couple HBP “partners”:

Inria: Inventors for the Digital World, which has just renewed its partnership with Microsoft. One of its interests:

CHI (Computer-Human Interaction) is the international conference of reference for this field of study. Created in 1982, it grew 10% annually over the last decade and is now the 4th or 5th largest ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference by attendance and the largest by number of papers presented.

The 2011 CHI conference was sponsored by Bloomberg, ebay/PayPal, Google, Microsoft, the National Science Foundation, and SAP, a German software corporation.

Then, there’s Bluebrain:

The Blue Brain Project is working to model a complete human brain.

At EPFL’s Blue Brain facilities, computer models of individual neurons are being assembled into neural circuits that produce electrical signals akin to brain waves. The results, published in the journal Neuron, are helping solve the mystery of how and why these signals arise in the brain…

Scientists from EPFL’s Blue Brain Project in Switzerland, at the core of the European Human Brain Project, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science in the United States, show in the July 24th edition of the journal Neuron how a complex computer model is providing a new tool to solve the mystery.

It seems there’s some infighting on the European side of the project. From Nature:

The HBP was originally designed to promote digital technologies by supporting and learning from neuroscience. A key element of the project, which has inspired other brain-research initiatives around the world, is to develop supercomputers that neuroscientists will use to try to simulate the brain. But as the initiative has developed, its goal has become more and more diffuse…

tempers boiled over at the end of May, when the HBP’s three-man executive board decided to cut parts of the project, including one on cognitive neuroscience, from the second phase — in a manner that the signatories say was autocratic and scientifically inappropriate…

The cognitive-neuroscience sub-project addresses how the brain contributes to tasks such as generating and controlling emotion and making decisions.

Isn’t it interesting that a human brain project is not interested in emotions and decision-making? And did you catch the main goal of this sudden interest in understanding the brain? It’s all about developing a supercomputer that will simulate a brain. Why would they want that?

It all seems rather ominous. The main players in this global project are dedicated globalists and we know what they’re like. They don’t believe in the God of the Bible and they want to control the whole world. Therefore, when they seem to be trying to create some sort of life form that has consciousness but no emotions and no decision-making ability, it’s pretty scary. Imagine what kind of police force they could create.

Also, keep in mind the 2045 Initiative:

The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality.

From the founder of the Evolution 2045 party, The Path to Neo-Humanity:

The convergent development of NBICS [nano, bio, info, cogno, synthetic bio] -technologies open up possibilities for creating self-organizing systems capable of reproducing the functions of life and the mind on non-biological substrates. Over the coming decades, human beings will gain a new, practically immortality [sic] carrier of the personality.

Does it sound crazy? See my post What in the world is transhumanism? It quotes from the ABC News story, “Futurist Ray Kurzweil Says He Can Bring His Dead Father Back to Life Through a Computer Avatar.” See, also, the 2045 Initiative for info on avatars.

This interest in the brain is all about controlling the masses and finding a way for the godless globalists to live forever and become, in their own way, gods. It’s scary stuff, especially when you can count on the fact that they’re already much farther along than they’re letting on. I wonder what it is that they’re about to unleash on us?

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