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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: Aja, at the moment Facebook and similarities work not that dissimilar from old mailbox/bbs systems that exited in the 1980s. FB has added a like button and everything looks flasher.but the quality of connections still often relies on RL meeting to gather depth, don't you think? also the interaction is largely text-based and asynchronous.

    That said, I've never been to Second Life. Interaction in face-tface situations is much more comlex than what we are doing here. here we have to leave much of how the other orients to us, to our imagination.
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      Dec 4 2012: good point. i can't wait until video and moving images are really incorporated more into ...well, everything. When you are "with' someone live, half the info you get is from what they say, the other half from body language. We need to use both R & L hemisphere when interacting! I also think they need to add a "Dissimilar to you" button on twitter.

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