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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:
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/how_the_internet_is_shaping_our.html

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 4 2012: Sometimes people worry that the internet may be negatively affecting our brains and connection to one another, what are your thoughts on it?
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      Dec 4 2012: great point. I think as with any technology there are good things and bad.... one good framework when thinking of technology and the internet is that it is just "an extension of us." we are good, bad and everything in between...and as with anything..if you over do it..it's not great. The reason my family and i started doing our weekly unplugging one day a week is because it was 'too much" technology.. I didn't need a neuroscientist to tell me that it wasn't good for my brain..because my head was hurting at night if i was at a screen until i slept. Now i dont' bring the cell phone or my laptop into my bedroom. I need to let my mind unwind. So as much as I LOVE technology and all the new ideas I am exposed to and new people I am connected to, I also know I need to turn it out too.

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