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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: Actually, I just remembered this: http://peace.facebook.com/

    Have you seen this project? Do you think this sort of effort can make a real difference in how we connect with each other?
    • Nov 8 2012: Enabling people to use communication media to bridge differences has huge potential and ought to be part of the solution, but I am cautious about magical thinking around technology -- throwing digital tools at people is not necessarily going to solve their problems. When media can help people find better ways to help each other, however, i do see hope. Abolition of slavery was once a utopian idea. It took a bloody war in the USA to resolve the issue here, but would abolitionism have been more than a utopian cult without print literacy and journalism?

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