The Obama administration has radical plans for a multi-billion dollar, decade-long study into the workings of human brain, it was revealed today.

According to The New York Timesthe Brain Activity Map would be a collaboration between federal agencies, private foundations and leading scientists.

Advocates for the project hope that exhaustive research into the brain’s neurons would produce insights that could be used to understand mental illness, help treat diseases like Parkinson’s and even enable advances in artificial intelligence.

Others have criticized putting large amounts of money into just one project and claimed that the study lacks clear goals.

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