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The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement


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Keynote by Alvaro Fernandez at BrainFutures 2017. Washington, DC. September 6th, 2017.

Hundreds of science labs and companies around the globe are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some of the best practices for appropriate use?

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The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement

  1. 1. Alvaro Fernandez SharpBrains CEO & Editor-In-Chief BrainFutures; September 6th, 2017 The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement
  2. 2. 1) 7.5 billion human brains need help to thrive in the digital age 2) Lifelong neuroplasticity means those brains can be enhanced 3) Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with AI, provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity 4) Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth 5) Professionals are stepping up to help ensure appropriate use Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright
  3. 3. 4 Source: SharpBrains survey; 2010
  4. 4. Improve performance Delay disease
  5. 5. 5 Data Points
  6. 6. Source: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
  7. 7. 1) Everyone has a brain 2) Professionals will play a key role in expanding the brain/ mental health pie 3) What is the low-hanging-fruit today? Finally… To learn more, visit