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Upcoming: Virtual book tour to explore the frontier of Emotional Intelligence and Technology

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Dear Sharp­Brains com­mu­ni­ty,

I hope you’re stay­ing healthy and safe. As you may know, my mem­oir, Girl Decod­ed, pub­lished by Pen­guin Ran­dom House, comes out on April 21st. I’d planned numer­ous events across the U.S. and abroad to share my sto­ry with all of you. But, in light of the glob­al health cri­sis sur­round­ing COVID-19, every­thing is right­ful­ly can­celed.

In this time when we need to social­ly dis­tance, I know I’m crav­ing human con­nec­tion more than ever. I still want to con­nect with you all on the themes dis­cussed in my book. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Forward to 2040: How to prepare for the new era in brain enhancement that will change the way we think, work, and heal

Decades from now when our aug­ment­ed brains have enhanced our cog­ni­tive func­tion and trans­formed near­ly every aspect of our lives, many of us will look back and won­der why we didn’t do more to pre­pare for these inevitable changes. Gov­ern­ment lead­ers may grap­ple with the run­away effects of AI and brain enhance­ment on geopol­i­tics. Com­pa­nies that fail to incor­po­rate neu­rotech­nolo­gies and BCI into their oper­a­tional flow could lose sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket share and be forced to scram­ble in an attempt to regain a foothold in an indus­try they once dom­i­nat­ed.

Work­ers who don’t heed the warn­ings to re-skill or upskill may find them­selves out of a job as entire indus­tries dis­ap­pear. Grad­u­at­ing col­lege stu­dents may dis­cov­er their field of study is no longer rel­e­vant in the busi­ness world, leav­ing them unpre­pared for the chang­ing job mar­ket. Tech inno­va­tors could be caught up in fierce com­pe­ti­tion to snap up employ­ees from a very lim­it­ed tal­ent pool, dri­ving up the cost of inno­va­tion and ham­per­ing its devel­op­ment. And every­day cit­i­zens may be wrestling with the unex­pect­ed con­se­quences of unin­ten­tion­al­ly giv­ing away the rights to their neur­al data.

Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be this way. Read the rest of this entry »

November 15–16th in Palo Alto, CA: Transformative Technology Conference & Expo 2019

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When: Novem­ber 15–16th, 2019

Where: Elks Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA 94306

What: The Trans­for­ma­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Con­fer­ence is an inspir­ing con­fer­ence focused on tech for men­tal health, emo­tion­al well­be­ing, and human flour­ish­ing, at the inter­sec­tion of neu­ro­science, psy­chol­o­gy, tech, entre­pre­neur­ship, and inno­va­tion. It fea­tures expo­nen­tial tech­nolo­gies like AI, AR/VR/XR, net­works and sen­sors, biotech, neu­ro­feed­back, robot­ics and more to build tech to enable human well­be­ing at scale. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) announces six new ONtrepreneurs working at the frontier of applied neurotech

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Ontario Brain Insti­tute Deliv­ers Sig­nif­i­cant Boost to Ontario’s Neu­rotech Sec­tor (press release):

As part of its 2019 Neu­roTech Ontario Show­case, the Ontario Brain Insti­tute (OBI) today intro­duced the 2019 ONtre­pre­neurs – recip­i­ents of Canada’s sin­gle largest award for ear­ly-stage brain tech­nol­o­gy entre­pre­neurs … The suc­cess­ful 2019 ONtre­pre­neurs are: Israel Gasperin – Zen­trela, Joshua Lobo – Sta­bi­lo Med­ical, Zachary McMa­hon – LUCID, Maryam Nabavi – Vil­lage Tech­nolo­gies, Michael Philips – Vena Med­ical, and Alexan­der Theodor­ou – Ocuther­a­py. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Growing investment behind non-invasive, AI-based brain-computer interfaces

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Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Start­up Next­Mind Secures $4.6 Mil­lion (press release):

Next­Mind, a fast-grow­ing neu­rotech­nol­o­gy start­up devel­op­ing a ground­break­ing, non­in­va­sive, AI-based brain-com­put­er inter­face geared to the mass mar­ket, announced today it has raised $4.6 mil­lion in fund­ing to bring its direct brain com­mand solu­tion to tech­nol­o­gy inte­gra­tors and game devel­op­ers in 2019 Read the rest of this entry »

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