This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What does the future have in store for us, as human beings? In this talk, Susan Greenfield explores how technology affects our personalities by affecting our neurochemistry. Drawing a parallel with climate change, she calls this challenge for humanity “mind change”. But far from being a luddite, Greenfield sees a chance for humanity to benefit from embracing some of the changes these technologies will bring – just as long as we make sure to counteract the dangerous ones.
SUSAN GREENFIELD is a leading British neuroscientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Whilst specializing in the physiology of the brain, her areas of research include the impact of 21st century technology on the mind, how the brain
generates consciousness as well as novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. In addition to being published in countless peer-reviewed journals, her work has led to numerous honours and awards including the Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society and thirty honorary degrees from universities across the world.
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