The public sector isn't renowned for its speed of innovation, but the EU is a different story. With a Digital Agenda, it's innovating in all sorts of exciting areas that have the potential to shape the world around us for decades to come.
Here CBR takes a look at some of the best projects.
Launched in October last year, this ambitious scheme sets out to map the human brain. Covering researchers from 15 EU states and nearly 200 research institutes, the EU committed €1bn back in January 2013 to the project in order to finance 10 years of study.
It should collect all the data the world has collected about the brain, and store it in completely new computer science technology.
European Commission VP Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said last month: "The brain is a fascinating thing. Digital tools enable us to make huge progress in understanding the brain, but also to learn from it: from better treatment of brain diseases, to building the next generation of supercomputers."
Another €8.3m in March this year provided enough cash to get another 32 organisations from 13 more countries on board, whose job it is to collect data and work on developing the groundwork for six ICT platforms dedicated to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics.