The President’s BRAIN Initiative will not deliver on its promises unless it is driven by greater, more robust goals. The current effort is reminiscent of the modest Human Genome Project that promised personalized medicine from the sequence of human DNA. Ten years after the project was declared a success, we are still waiting for cures to diseases and individualized medicine. The Human Genome Project did not live up to its expectations and neither will the BRAIN Initiative. We needed more than the sequence of the genome to cure disease and we will need more than a map of the brain to understand how we think. Both of these initiatives were sold as national science programs like the Space Race. But these initiatives are akin to building rockets and promising the moon. We needed much more than a plan to build rockets to put a man on the moon and bring him home. We needed much more than a gene sequence to cure disease. And we will need to do much more than the map of the brain to understand it. These initiatives have contained empty promises and it is time to make the real promise with the right goals.
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Dr. Charles Herzfeld, author of "A Life at Full Speed: A Journal of Struggle and Discovery", will present "Inventing the Internet: How ARPANET Got Started" on June 3rd at the Cafe Scientifique located at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22203. The presentation is from 5:30PM-8:00PM .
Among computer science aficionados, Dr. Charles Herzfeld is affectionately known as the "Godfather of the Internet." As Director of ARPA, the 1960s forerunner of DARPA (today’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he was the force behind the development of the ARPANET, which ultimately became the Internet we know today. But what many do not know is the backstory behind this phenomenal achievement. The heady political, cultural and scientific milieu of that time was his element, and he emerged as a true high-tech legend. His numerous awards and honors include induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, with the title of "Pioneer." Charles Herzfeld’s life story is an iconic American tale. Learn about the importance of the emerging world of computers and the decisions that lead to the creation of ARPANET.
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The alarming upsurge of current regional and global threats to peace are triggered by expanding ideological and national extremism as well as ethnic, racial, religious, and tribal animosities. The latest escalation of violence from Nigeria to Syria, to the Ukraine and elsewhere dramatically underscore the grave strategic challenges facing the international community.
Are the traditional tools of diplomacy and force sufficient to save mankind from the scourge of lingering and new conflicts and to prevent future terrorism, insurgencies, and wars? These and related concerns will be discussed by experts with wide governmental and academic experience in conflict-resolution cases throughout the world.