Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement. [Read more…] about Studies identify key ethical concerns raised by invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies
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
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring a range of research findings, resources, brain teasers and riddles to help translate emerging neuroscience into real-world applications and improve our collective brain & mental health.
- Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
- What’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity
- Will self-driving vehicles lead to a surge of brain training?
- How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improve reading speed and cognitive ability
- To boost your mental well-being, simply recall, right now, an act of kindness
- Machine-learning study finds EEG brain signatures that predict response to antidepressant treatments
- Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties
- Ambitious International Brain Initiative (IBI) launched to advance global neuroscience research
- Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD
- U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
- Meditation app Headspace raises $93 million to accelerate clinical validation and geographic expansion
- Digital mental health taking off in Europe
Fun brain teasers:
- Train your brain to think outside the box with these fun riddles
- Three illusions to test your perceptual and cognitive skills
- Math brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?
Have a great month of March,
The SharpBrains Team
Army develops big data approach to neuroscience (press release):
“A big data approach to neuroscience promises to significantly improve our understanding of the relationship between brain activity and performance.
To date, there have been relatively few attempts to use a big-data approach within the emerging field of neurotechnology. [Read more…] about U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
“Digital therapeutic company Akili Interactive has announced the first results of an open-label, multisite pediatric ADHD trial providing some patients with the company’s video game-like treatment alongside a stimulant medication.
According to the company, both those who received the AKL-T01 therapy with (n = 130) or without (n = 76) accompanying stimulant medication saw significant improvements one month after [Read more…] about Will digital therapeutics complement or replace stimulant medications to address inattention and “silent” cognitive issues?