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He is the founder and executive director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) and co-founder of NeuroInsights. He serves on the advisory boards of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, Science Progress, and SocialText, a social software company. Please send newsworthy items or feedback - to Zack Lynch.
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September 10, 2007

Briefing the U.S. Intelligence Community on Neurotech

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Last month I was invited by the Defense Intelligence Agency to brief a special committee on the current and future state of neurotech in Washington DC at the National Academy of Sciences. The Committee on Military and Intelligence Methodology for Emergent Neurophysiological and Cognitive/Neural Science Research in the Next Two Decades is working on a study to identify the trends in brain research that may help the U.S. Intelligence Community anticipate the state of such research internationally in the year 2027.

I was one of about a dozen speakers brought in for this intense two day session. I started off by providing an extensive overview of NeuroInsights latest neurotech market and investment information. I then honed in on the transformative impact the passage of the National Neurotechnology Initiative (NNTI), a program I have been spearheading within NIO, the trade association I launched last year, could have on the global brain industry landscape. The NNTI is a newly proposed $200M/year Federal research and development program designed to coordinate strategic investment across multiple government agencies to accelerate the development of vitally important areas of the field.

In addition to making the case that the development of new drugs and devices for the brain and nervous system are critical to U.S. national defense and warfighter rehabilitation, I argued that huge quality of life improvements and economic payoffs will accrue to the countries that successfully nurture the emerging neurotechnology industry. Moreover, the NNTI will not only stimulate economic growth in the United States, but like other visionary Federal R&D initiatives like the Human Genome Project will spur greater public investment among all nations seeking a competitive voice in the fast growing global industry known as neurotech.

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1. ken on September 11, 2007 10:29 AM writes...


I tend to believe that pharmacuetical research should play a part in Neurotechnology. The human brain can do some amazing things on certian kinds of neuro-drugs related to higher levels of functioning. This includes the ability to influence the unconscious biofields of other human beings, by creating more personal space or a open area around an individual on a neuro-drug, in relation to other people in the vicinity.
Scientists should be receptive to a pharmacuetical approach to neurotechnology. They also have to realize that denial of a invisible human biofield is based on belief, or believing, not the very controversial fact that it could be possible to prove such a thing in the future.
The problem with the neurotechnology program moving forward is that scientists and parapsychologists cannot probe deep enough into the workings of the brains circuitry to establish a reason for extasensory perception or a long standing belief in religion. Science simply assumes that, or itself believes that human brain circuitry cannot be morphic or plastic in its prcoessing of human thought or invisible biofields.
The NNTI won't succeed unless the researches have an interest in long held feelings by many people in ESP and religion. You can't simply ignore what maybe a credible way of intimately researching the brain neuro-receptors and the concept of human consciousness and the human biofield.

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