By: Luc P. Beaudoin
In 2009, Winifred Gallagher published his excellent Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, persuasively arguing that productivity, enjoyment and human development require extended periods of focusing.
The next year, Nicholas Carr published his fascinating The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in which he argued that the Internet is ‘rewiring’ our brains. While his claim was exaggerated, information technology and the Internet certainly provide challenges to Read the rest of this entry »
The Times They Are a-Changin.
In a recent survey, 91% of those polled said that “Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments.”
This is important news, as anyone who has experienced negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows.
We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges and opportunities in the 21st century, in the midst of the Digital Age we live in.
Where should we start? In this edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter, let’s take a look at some emerging tools, scientific studies and fresh ideas. Happy reading, and have a great Fall:
Global Future Councils: A Knowledge Network for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (press release):
“The World Economic Forum today convenes the Network of Global Future Councils, a community of world-leading experts and innovators to provide bold visions for solving critical global, regional and industry challenges…
The network will comprise more than 800 innovators (Editor’s Note: including our own Founder, Alvaro Fernandez) from academia, government, business, civil society, the arts and the media, and will support the Forum’s work across 14 global systems as well as prepare governments, businesses and communities…
“The Global Future Councils will help address today’s complex and urgent challenges by developing bold visions of ways we can use technology, values and policy to achieve the inclusive and sustainable outcomes our world needs,” said Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum.
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Don’t Like Their Faces? Train Your Brain to Feel More Positive (IEEE Spectrum):
“Like it or not, we often have positive or negative feelings about a total stranger based solely on the looks of his or her face…Last week, researchers described, in the journal PLOS Biology, a brain training system that Read the rest of this entry »
IBM and MIT team on cognitive computing, machine vision, artificial intelligence for healthcare
“IBM Research and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined forces to further develop the scientific field of machine vision – a core aspect of artificial intelligence Read the rest of this entry »
The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects (Cerebrum):
“Understanding the human brain in health and disease represents a grand scientific challenge for the 21st century and beyond. How does a collection of 90 billion neurons interconnected by 150 trillion synapses give rise to the extraordinary capabilities of human behavior and the amazing diversity of talents among the billions of people populating our earth?” Keep reading The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects over at the Dana Foundation website.
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AARP Staying Sharp Brain Health Subscription Open to All Ages (press release):
“If sitting is the new smoking, then Millennials just might be on to something…it’s no surprise that the first digital natives are using apps and online technology to track sleep data, seek out healthier food options and Read the rest of this entry »