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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).

Debate: Would you–or should you–undergo medical treatments to improve your body and mind and your chances of employment?

The future of work is med­ical­ly enhanced ‘elite super-work­ers,’ report says (Lad­ders):

In the future, we will be com­pet­ing against med­ical­ly-enhanced work­ers who can work longer and hard­er than us. Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence will make it eas­i­er to mon­i­tor our every move in the office. This may sound like sci­ence fic­tion, but it’s a like­ly real­i­ty, accord­ing to a new report by pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices firm PricewaterhouseCoopers…Seventy per­cent of the work­ers sur­veyed said that they would under­go treat­ments to improve their body and mind if it would improve their chances of employ­ment. Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing neurotech for actual Human Enhancement — i.e., how to prevent ‘Frankenstein’ Brains


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The Neu­rotech Rev­o­lu­tion Could Lead To ‘Franken­stein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It (Forbes):

Year 2030, your col­lege-age daugh­ter, who has nor­mal hear­ing, has been pound­ing on you to get the lat­est hear­ing aid that allows one to can­cel out noise on demand, ampli­fy select­ed ambi­ent con­ver­sa­tions at will, and can eas­i­ly con­nect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s?

Would you still be inter­est­ed if this device had to be implant­ed in your cochlea via surgery? What if this device is now aug­ment­ed with some AI open­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty to eave-drop on remote con­ver­sa­tions or get auto­mat­ic trans­la­tion in any lan­guage of the world in real time?…

What are the risks over the ben­e­fits? To what extent are enhance­ments desir­able on a per­son­al and soci­etal lev­els? What if peo­ple that under­go such enhance­ment lose their abil­i­ty to relate to oth­er who have not? If a device can enhance deci­sion-mak­ing, how will the user know that’s it’s tru­ly their deci­sion, in their best inter­est, rather than being manip­u­lat­ed by the device design­ers? Keep read­ing arti­cle over at Forbes

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