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Live Chat with TED Books author Howard Rheingold today at 2pm Eastern: Can our digital tools make us smarter?

Continuing with our series of TED book chats, for the next few weeks we'll be discussing Howard Rheingold's new TED eBook, "Mind Amplifier".

Do we humans co-evolve with the tools we build? Can our tools actually make us smarter? "Mind Amplifier" explores the origins of our digital tools, and lays out a framework for harnessing them to collectively and collaboratively solve our most pressing problems.

The book is available for Kindle, Nook, and iOS devices (which have a great new custom TED Books app):

Kindle copy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GQXRQ8

iOS app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?mt=8

The author will be joining us for a live Q&A November 8th at 2pm Eastern, mark your calendars!

You can also watch Howard's 2005 TEDTalk, linked below.

So, let's get things started... do our new online tools make us smarter? And if not, can we design and use them in a way that does?

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    Nov 8 2012: Hello all, and welcome to this live Q&A with author Howard Rheingold! Howard, thank you for joining us, your book is a fascinating read on a subject that affects us all… particularly those of us participating in this online conversation!

    To get this discussion started, I wanted to dive in to one of your first points in the book… that humans have been using thinking tools to advance beyond biological evolution since the dawn of language, and that these latest technologies simply build upon this ancient ability. What differences, if any, do you see between our earliest "mind-amplifying" tools and the high-tech tools of today?

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