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China is harnessing brain-wave trackers and artificial-intelligence to raise better (and more compliant?) students

A grow­ing num­ber of class­rooms in Chi­na are equipped with arti­fi­cial-intel­li­gence cam­eras and brain-wave track­ers. While many par­ents and teach­ers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst night­mare. Video: Crys­tal Tai for The Wall Street Jour­nal.

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To address grow­ing pri­va­cy issues such as those high­light­ed in the video above Read the rest of this entry »

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK considers adding a 5‑minute cognitive test to its annual health check-up

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Using AI assess­ment to tack­le demen­tia in ultra-ear­ly stages (Dig­i­tal Health):

Demen­tia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease con­tin­ue to increase and remain the lead­ing cause of death in Eng­land and Wales, account­ing for 12.8% of all deaths reg­is­tered in 2018 Read the rest of this entry »

New report: Empowering 8 Billion Minds via Ethical Development and Adoption of Neurotechnologies

Empow­er­ing 8 Bil­lion Minds: Enabling Bet­ter Men­tal Health for All via the Eth­i­cal Adop­tion of Tech­nolo­gies from WEF GFC on Neu­rotech­nolo­gies on Vimeo.

A new report (opens PDF) cre­at­ed by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum Glob­al Future Coun­cil on Neu­rotech­nolo­gies, Empow­er­ing 8 Bil­lion Minds: Enabling Bet­ter Men­tal Health for All via the Eth­i­cal Adop­tion of Tech­nolo­gies, pro­pos­es a frame­work to address pri­va­cy, trust and gov­er­nance issues in the use of tech­nolo­gies for men­tal health­care.

Men­tal health dis­or­ders are among the lead­ing caus­es of mor­tal­i­ty and could cost the glob­al econ­o­my $16 tril­lion by 2030. By col­lect­ing and analysing data to inform treat­ment, it is eas­i­er for more peo­ple to access infor­ma­tion and engage with pro­fes­sion­als. While tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing smart­phones, wear­able sen­sors and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, are suc­cess­ful­ly meet­ing the cur­rent gaps in care, there are risks Read the rest of this entry »

Technology and the Cognition Crisis

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Our lives on this plan­et have improved in so many amaz­ing ways over the last cen­tu­ry. On aver­age, we are now health­i­er, more afflu­ent and lit­er­ate, less vio­lent and longer liv­ing. Despite these unprece­dent­ed pos­i­tive changes, clear signs exist that we are in the midst of an emerg­ing crisis–one that has not yet been rec­og­nized in its full breadth, even though it lurks just beneath the sur­face of our casu­al con­ver­sa­tions and swims in the under­cur­rents of our news feeds. This is not the well-known cri­sis that we’ve induced upon the earth’s cli­mate, but one that is just as threat­en­ing to our future. This is a cri­sis of our minds. A cog­ni­tion cri­sis Read the rest of this entry »

How can we harness digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to scale up brain research, assessments and interventions?

How can we har­ness dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) to scale up brain research, assess­ments and inter­ven­tions?  (record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)

  • Dr. Oliv­er Har­ri­son. Chief Exec­u­tive of the Health Moon­shot at Tele­fóni­ca Inno­va­tion
  • Nan­cy Briefs, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Dig­i­tal Cog­ni­tion Tech­nolo­gies 
  • Emma Yang, 9th grad­er, Cre­ator of Time­less app and MIT Solver
  • Belén Guer­ra-Car­ril­loNSF Fel­low and grad­u­ate stu­dent researcher at Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­fo­nia, Berke­ley
  • Chaired byKayt Sukel, sci­ence writer

Slid­edeck above sup­port­ed ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th). All ses­sion record­ings avail­able for pur­chase (50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours, $150).

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