Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm.
Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus forced Americans to shelter in place and led to skyrocketing unemployment. The San Francisco-based start-up was valued by investors last year at $1 billion, two years after being named Apple’s app of the year back in 2017. The app has been downloaded over 80 million times.
What: Alvaro Fernandez and Ricardo Gil da Costa will give an outlook on the brain devices industry and hardware technologies, with a deep look into this kind of wearables and the capabilities that human brain could achieve.
When: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. 7am San Francisco/ 10am Miami/ 4pm Madrid
How: You can register Here (free).
Data for Good: Biological Scientist, DSI Member Rafael Yuste on the Ethical Development of Neurotechnology (Columbia University release):
“Brain-computer interfaces may soon have the power to decode people’s thoughts and interfere with their mental activity. Even now the interfaces, or BCIs, which link brains directly to digital networks, are helping brain-impaired patients and amputees perform simple motor tasks such as moving a cursor, controlling a motorized wheelchair, or directing a robotic arm. And noninvasive BCI’s that can understand words we want to type and place them onto screens are being developed.
But in the wrong hands, BCIs could [Read more…] about Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
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 more…] about Fast Forward to 2040: How to prepare for the new era in brain enhancement that will change the way we think, work, and heal
Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites hundreds of organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities typically include open days at neuroscience labs, exhibitions about the brain, lectures on brain-related topics, displays at libraries and community centers, classroom workshops, and more.
Brain Awareness Week 2020 starts today, Monday March 16th.
To contribute to such a global educational campaign, especially now that many physical events have been cancelled, we are offering our best educational and professional resources at a 90% discount from today till Sunday, March 22th.
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Stay Healthy, Stay Warm, let’s Harness this opportunity to Sharpen our Minds and Explore the latest on brain health and neurotechnology!
Our core educational and professional resources offered at a 90% discount this week: [Read more…] about Eight brain tech insights and a special offer to honor Brain Awareness Week 2020
See above the fascinating presentations by Dr. Anna Wexler, Dr. Karen Rommelfanger and Jacqueline Studer on privacy and ethics during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.
We still lack clear standards and taxonomies for neurotechnology but several initiatives are underway to anticipate and address the challenges. One important take-away is that it is important to be aspirational and pragmatic rather than “legalistic” — by considering diverse policy and industry perspectives, striving for the widest benefit with the minimum risks, and better educating users, we can enable beneficial innovation in ways that regulation alone –as important as it is– cannot. [Read more…] about Will better neurotech regulations be enough to address privacy, effectiveness and potential harm concerns?