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Survey: Have you ever used technologies or products for brain enhancement?

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Ques­tion: Have you ever used–for your­self or for others–technologies or prod­ucts that you think would fall into the cat­e­go­ry of brain enhance­ment? a) If Yes, what did you use and what lessons learned can you share? b) If No, what issues would you like to see addressed before con­sid­er­ing doing so?

Please pro­vide brief answers and con­tribute to the con­ver­sa­tion…
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Note: As a token of appre­ci­a­tion, we will issue 3 com­pli­men­ta­ry pass­es for most insight­ful respon­dents to par­tic­i­pate at the upcom­ing 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th). Names will be announced on Mon­day, Novem­ber 20th, so please don’t wait to share your insights 🙂

Announcement: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest is Accepting Submissions!

The Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test just start­ed accept­ing sub­mis­sions from star­tups world­wide work­ing on ways to har­ness brain research and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to help every human being thrive in the dig­i­tal age.

Star­tups: Please sub­mit your idea and pitch your solu­tion in front of our expert Judges and 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants for a chance to get feed­back, boost indus­try recog­ni­tion, meet like-mind­ed pio­neers and win a prize pack­age that could give a boost to your ven­ture and solu­tion.

Who Should Apply

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to every start­up in the space that meets the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

  • Has been oper­at­ing for five years or less
  • Has a run­ning web­site
  • Can be struc­tured as a for-prof­it or non-prof­it, but needs to show a clear rev­enue mod­el
  • If it is select­ed as a Final­ist, one of the Co-founders can present a Pitch at the Sum­mit, on Decem­ber 6th, 2017 (requires no trav­el, as event is vir­tu­al)

GUIDELINES, FAQS AND SUBMISSION FORM HERE

We look for­ward to a fan­tas­tic Pitch Con­test and Sum­mit over­all!

This is the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”!

 

12 Final­ists will get to pitch on Decem­ber 6th, and the Sharp Tank will select a Win­ner per cat­e­go­ry, facil­i­tat­ed by Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains’ CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Direc­tor of the UCLA Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­o­gy of Cre­ativ­i­ty.

Top Brain­no­va­tions in Health­care will be judged by:

  • Dr. Adam Haim, PhD, Chief of the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer and ED of Glob­al Health at GE Foun­da­tion
  • Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN)

Top Brain­no­va­tions in the Work­place will be judged by:

  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Dan­ny Dankn­er, CEO and Co-founder of Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing
  • Lisa Neu­berg­er, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy + Inno­va­tion at Accen­ture Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship
  • Kath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty at Nation­wide Insur­ance

Top Brain­no­va­tions in Edu­ca­tion will be judged by:

  • Bill Tuck­er, Senior Advi­sor to the K12 Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram at the Bill & Melin­da Gates Foun­da­tion
  • Eduar­do Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mind­set Works
  • Neil Alli­son, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Mod­el Inno­va­tion at Pear­son North Amer­i­ca
  • John Cam­mack, Angel Investor

Top Brain­no­va­tions for Qual­i­ty of Life will be judged by:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer at Ban­ner Health
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer at Inter­aX­on
  • Dr. Bill Reich­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Bay­crest
  • Col­in Mil­ner, Founder and CEO of the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil on Active Aging (ICAA)
  • Zack Lynch, Gen­er­al Part­ner at JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners

This Call for Sub­mis­sions is open from Sep­tem­ber 21st till Octo­ber 31st, 11 PM US Pacif­ic Stan­dard Time. Time to rev up those sharp brains!

New Report: Human Enhancement and the Future of Work

Sum­ma­ry of the report just issued by The Roy­al Soci­ety in the UK: “Although the impact of human enhance­ment tech­nolo­gies has been wide­ly debat­ed, until now they have not been con­sid­ered in terms of their impact upon the nature of work…the Acad­e­my of Med­ical Sci­ences, British Acad­e­my, Roy­al Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing and Roy­al Soci­ety came togeth­er to Read the rest of this entry »

Distracted in the Workplace? Meet Maggie Jackson’s Book

Today we’ll dis­cuss some of the cog­ni­tive impli­ca­tions of “always on” work­places and lifestyles via a fas­ci­nat­ing inter­view with Mag­gie Jack­son, an award-win­ning author and jour­nal­ist. Her lat­est book, Dis­tract­ed: The Ero­sion of Atten­tion and the Com­ing Dark Age, describes Distracted by Maggie Jacksonthe impli­ca­tions of our busy work and life envi­ron­ments and offers impor­tant reflec­tions to help us thrive in them.

This is a 2-part inter­view con­duct­ed via e-mail: we will pub­lish the con­tin­u­a­tion on Thurs­day March 12th.

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez: New York Times colum­nist David Brooks said last year that we live in a Cog­ni­tive Age, and encour­aged read­ers to be aware of this change and try and adapt to the new real­i­ty. Can you explain the cog­ni­tive demands of today’s work­places that weren’t there 30–40 years ago?

Mag­gie Jack­son: Our work­places have changed enor­mous­ly in recent decades, and it’s easy to point to the Black­ber­ry or the lap­top as the sources of our cul­ture of speed and over­load and dis­trac­tion. But it’s impor­tant to note first that our 24/7, frag­ment­ed work cul­ture has deep­er roots. With the first high-tech inven­tions, such as the cin­e­ma, phono­graph, tele­graph, rail, and car, came rad­i­cal changes in human expe­ri­ence of time and space. Dis­tance was shat­tered  long before email and red-eye flights. Tele­graph oper­a­tors  not online daters  expe­ri­enced the first vir­tu­al love affairs, as evi­denced by the 1890s nov­el Wired Love. Now, we wres­tle with the effects of changes seed­ed long ago.

Today, the cog­ni­tive and phys­i­cal demands on work­ers are steep. Con­sid­er 24/7 liv­ing. At great cost to our health, we oper­ate in a sleep­less, hur­ried world, ignor­ing cues of sun and sea­son, the Indus­tri­al Age inven­tions of the week­end and vaca­tion, and the rhythms of biol­o­gy. We try to break the fet­ters of time and live like per­pet­u­al motion machines. That’s one rea­son why we feel over­loaded and stressed con­di­tions that are cor­ro­sive to prob­lem-solv­ing and clear think­ing.

At the same time, our tech­nolo­gies allow us access to mil­lions of infor­ma­tion bites pro­duc­ing an abun­dance of data that is both won­drous and dan­ger­ous. Unless we have the will, dis­ci­pline and frame­works for turn­ing this infor­ma­tion into wis­dom, we remain stuck on the sur­face of Read the rest of this entry »

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