Call for Australia to develop bionic brain

Australia could be the first country to develop a bionic brain, according to a new report calling for national investment in brain research.

The report, Inspiring smarter brain research in Australia, estimates that an effective investment in brain research would cost about $250 million over the coming decade.

It would involve the creation of the Australian Brain Initiative to better coordinate efforts in brain research - including building the first bionic brain.

One of the researchers