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Andy Averbuch

CTO, futurethinkdigital

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Idea: The human brain is currently evolving by adapting to electronic based high frequency cycles.

One of the human brain's main tasks is to always be synched to environmental cycles and reoccurring patterns. Jeff Hawkins describes our brain as a pattern recognition machine with a pattern memory attached. He describes the brain as a prediction machine that is constantly synched to environmental cycles and patterns (reality) in his TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hawkins_on_how_brain_science_will_change_computing.html.

Recently emerging environmental patterns that are practically affecting human survival are industrial and electronic frequency cycles. The brain is now actively adapting to these cycles on a conscious level. There is the potential for humans to create tools that operate using these cycles in a proactive way. Consider this: a desktop computer can function at incredible frequencies for certain processes, yet has bottlenecks of multiple orders of magnitude in difference. A human computer user can become much more efficient at using this high frequency tool if the bottlenecks are reduced in magnitude.

Kwabena Boahen describes the bottlenecks in modern computers and their inefficiency when compared with human brain processing in his talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/kwabena_boahen_on_a_computer_that_works_like_the_brain.html

Personally, as a computer programer, this back and forward between high frequency thinking and low frequency beach balling is forcing me to always have a backup device ready to maintain my attention focused at high frequency in case of a bottleneck event. My brain hates having to go from mach 10 to hitting a bring wall so i help it by giving it alternative high frequency opportunities during the slowdown. Also, children born being exposed to high frequency cycles on a conscious level all the time are basically training their brains to work at these frequencies. This is either an opportunity or a handicap depending on the context.


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  • Nov 15 2012: What critical bottlenecks we can't avoid or fix in "computer - brain" interface?
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      Nov 17 2012: For example, i switched my moving parts hard drive in my mac with a solid state drive and that helped reduce the beach-balling in my work day quite drastically. This alone helped my efficiency and productivity in a measurable way. Data transfer between components can become bottlenecks as well. I think that any choke point where there is a difference of orders of magnitude in speed should be specifically targeted and minimized. Components should be specifically paired to work in the same ranges of speed.

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