Podcast #47: Technology and The Brain, with Laura Cabrera

“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”–Thomas Edison

 

Richard Dawkins might disagree with Thomas Edison.  He’d likely say the purpose of our bodies and our brains is to carry around–and perpetuate– our genes.  Increasingly, though, the purpose of body is to carry around our technology and interface it with our brains.  Wearable electronics…VR goggles…smart phones…our devices are becoming more than tools.  They are merging with our being.  Add to this the onrush of emerging BCI (brain-computer interface) technologies and one thing becomes clear.  We are becoming what we build.

The IEEE brain initiative seeks to set standards for, and explore the ethics of, many of these technologies.  Laura Cabrera is a brain researcher working with the initiative.   In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ I talk to her about many issues surrounding the accelerating use of technology to diagnose, treat, and eventually enhance, the brain.

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Episode #47: Technology and The Brain with Laura Cabrera

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Podcast #46: The Post-Covid Future, Part 3: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness, with Shay Bahramirad

 “Without Electricity, the air would rot.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What might Ralph Waldo Emerson say if he lived in the age of “shelter-at-home?”   Perhaps he’d opine that without electricity, we all would rot.  At any rate, we’d all be a lot more miserable, if not in far greater danger.  The reliability of electricity has never been more important then it is now.  Can you imagine a major outage from natural disaster or cascading grid failure occurring while the world is still mostly locked down from the pandemic?   You probably don’t want to think about such things–but electric utilities must.  Shay Bahramirad is a vice president at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago.  She joins me to discuss just such scenarios and how they are being prepared for by our power providers.

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Episode #46,  The Post-Covid Future: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness

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