BRAIN launches 2nd annual BRAIN Initiative Challenge: Ethical Considerations of Brain Technologies

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The BRAIN Initiative® has recently launched an essay and video contest for high school students called the BRAIN Initiative Challenge 2.0, which seeks diverse perspectives on the ethics surrounding emerging brain technologies. 

What would happen if humans could altogether stop the effects of aging on the brain? What if we could precisely map, record, and simulate the neural activity of memories? What if we could enhance brain function and intelligence?  

While these questions seem to lie in the realm of science fiction, we may one day have to address them—and their impacts on society. The line between science fiction and reality is constantly being redrawn as research discoveries drive the advancement and state of modern technology. The 2nd Annual BRAIN Initiative Challenge Essay and Video Contest, is a federal challenge for high school students across the country that seeks to explore these topics and other ethical implications of novel technologies being developed and applied to understand the brain and treat brain disorders.  

Eligible students can submit their ideas and perspectives for prizes through April 14 in the form of a two-page essay or less than five-minute video, with winners announced June 21.  

We encourage you to share the contest information with your students, contacts, organization, and on social media! 

Learn more about the Challenge by visiting the BRAIN Challenge 2.0 webpage or reading about the diverse group of winners who participated in the first round of this educational opportunity, announced during Brain Awareness Week in 2021. 

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