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Live Q&A today at 3:30 Eastern: How is the developing brain of a child like the emerging global brain of the Internet?

"The Internet, like the developing brain of a child, is in a rapid phase of growth and change. This means that just as we must be mindful in how we nurture our children's minds, we must also pay careful attention to how we develop our global brain."

In conjunction with her TED Book, author and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain has put together an excellent short film explaining her fascinating ideas about how brain development in kids parallels the development of the Internet.

You can watch the 10 minute film here: http://youtu.be/zLp-edwiGUU

And then read the book:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A30S24S
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/brain-power/id576233926?ls=1

And here's an article in the Harvard Business Review about the project:

Author Tiffany Shlain ( http://www.ted.com/profiles/91428 ) will be joining us here for a one-hour Q&A Tuesday, December 4th, from 3:30-4:30pm. Mark your calendars!


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  • Dec 1 2012: From the dawn of life to genetic codes to brains to the internet - it is all the same process of networked interactions where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Scientists tell us all networks self sustain in a realm that is not overly chaotic and subject to collapse, yet not overly stable and therefore not adaptable and able to grow. So you want a "child's world" and an internet, that is not overly chaotic and not overly stable. I guess in terms of what I heard in your video there is an optimum level of stress - not too much and not too little, and the same can hold in your internet networks/interactions.

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