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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 2 2012: The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (often called TCP/IP, although not all applications use TCP) to serve billions of users worldwide.

    whereas: In a typical human the cerebral cortex (the largest part) is estimated to contain 15–33 billion neurons, each connected by synapses to several thousand other neurons.

    In the above there is a simularity. From a central point each send billions of messages. However, while the internet has only one purpose and utilizes a standard protocol ... the brain serves many funtions, seperate and combined actions, and reflexes. The brain has the ability to grow, adjust, revise, react, and recall.

    I do not see the internet as a global brain ... I see it more like a home library with vast resources. It is also a form of communications which is global.

    After watching the clip I was left with the questions of how can we develop both better. Since this was in the title I was lookuing forward to the answer or suggestions.

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      Dec 4 2012: Tiffany Shlain, the author here. Glad you saw the 10 minute film Brain Power. Highly recommend reading the TEDBook which I do go into details on how to nurture and strengthen both: children's brains and the global brain of the internet.

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