The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is currently inviting applications for appointment as a Potomac Institute CReST Fellow for the 2014-‐15 participation year.
The Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) is composed of members and Fellows devoted to the study of revolutionary scientific developments of today and the future, and, even more importantly, their potential impact of these developments on society and policy. Members of the center form an elite team that strives to achieve advanced levels of understanding and performance in the analysis of science and technology and the associated issues confronting society. CReST addresses complex problems with creative, revolutionary solutions regarding how science and technology will change our world. Engendering thought and discussion on how science and technology can be used to serve the needs of societies of the future.
A Seminar on "Neurotechnology: Enhancing the Human Brain and Reshaping Society"
Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Neuroscience can restore and augment human cognitive and physical abilities. The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is holding a symposium to address the social impacts of biochemical enhancements, sensorimotor enhancements, and brain-computer interfaces. Enhancements will improve cognitive function, mitigate physical injuries, spur new industries, create American jobs, and enhance interactions between computers, technology, and other humans. This symposium is part of a larger series, the 2014 Neuroscience Policy Symposia Series, that delves into topics such as data sharing, education, and the need for a National Neurotechnology Initiative. The distinguished panelists at this symposium will draw from their research and practice to advise US government officials, high-level industry members, and academics on important topics in neuroscience. The symposium aims to continue the dialogue between neuroscientists, futurists, and policymakers on the current state and future projections of neuro-enhancements. Neuro-enhancements that maximize physical, cognitive, innovative, and technological potential are invaluable to society.
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.