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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: "I was heartened to learn that airbnb was using its system to help people on the east coast of the USA find temporary housing. So yes, I do see people using technology to help people happening all over the place, from donors choose to kickstarter, microloans, systems for sharing resources. Crisis mapping (Ushahidi), Witness. Many efforts that combine human interaction with empowering technology."

    Ah yes! I did see that. What an excellent idea.

    So, Howard, the big question... where do you see these technologies in 5-10 years? What do you think will be the next "big thing" in mind-extending technology?

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