This fascinating and highly accessible book presents fantastic but totally feasible projections of what your brain may be capable of in the near future. It shows how scientific breakthroughs and amazing research are turning science fiction into science fact. In this brave new book, you'll explore:
- How partnerships between biological sciences and technology are helping the deaf hear, the blind see, and the paralyzed communicate.
- How our brains can repair and improve themselves, erase traumatic memories
- How we can stay mentally alert longer—and how we may be able to halt or even reverse Alzheimers
- How we can control technology with brain waves, including prosthetic devices, machinery, computers—and even spaceships or clones.
- Insights into how science may cure fatal diseases, and improve our intellectual and physical productivity
Judith Horstman presents a highly informative and entertaining look at the future of your brain, based on articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines, and the work of today’s visionary neuroscientists. Top Seven Predictions for the Future of the Brain
Amazon-exclusive content from author Judith Horstman 1) Wi-Fi Everything
Microchips in or on your brain will enhance memory, store data, and connect wirelessly to the internet, eliminating your cell phone and allowing you to control machines or even clones via mental wi-fi. See Chapter 7: Your Bionic Brain. 2) Cures for Dementia
Advances in neuroscience and bioengineering will render Alzheimer's, some brain damage, depression and perhaps even mental retardation largely preventable, curable and possibly reversible for many. See Chapter 3: Manipulating Your Memory. 3) Better Brain Power
Neuroenhancers - from smart pills to implants and devices––will improve thinking, enhance creativity, relieve depression, erase traumatic memories and boost mental endurance. See Chapter 2: Boosting Your Brain Power. 4) Bionic Brain Parts
Merging humans and machines with bionic or biological spare parts that already restore hearing and give sight to the blind could restore movement and speech to the paralyzed––and give super powers to the healthy. See Chapter 7: Your Bionic Brain. 5) Mind-Reading Brain Scans
Neuroimaging that now "reads" brains to detect disease will be able to accurately detect deception, antisocial tendencies, dangerous inclinations, your preference in sexual partners--and possibly predict your behavior. See Chapter 5: Looking Inside Your Brain. 6) Less Brain Surgery
Nanotechnology – the science of small – will be used to float drugs, chemicals and minuscule surgical instruments into your brain to treat tumors, clots and other traumas, and defective genes and cells will be able to be replaced. See Chapter 8: The Possible Dreams. 7) An Ethical Avalanche
The moral, legal and economic fallout from this amazing new technology will keep lawyers, lawmakers and the courts busy for decades dealing with issues of privacy, fairness, civil rights and even what it means to be human. See Chapter 9: Neuroethics; Facing the Dark Side.
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The Scientific American Brave New Brain
offers a fast-forward look at what's in store for our brains in the very near future—a world where science fiction becomes science fact.
Lightning-quick advances in neuroscience are bringing amazing treatments and startling predictions of what we can expect to both better and boost our brains. This remarkable book reveals what lies ahead over the next few decades and what exists now in brain treatments with biochemistry, drugs, computers, electrical treatments, stem cells, brain chips, and gene manipulation—and the legal, ethical, and moral fallout of all this change and progress.
The Scientific American Brave New Brain explains how our brains make new neurons and what we have to do to keep them, tells how our very thoughts and feelings can change our brains and our genes, and introduces the tremendous promises of nanomedicine—the science of the unimaginably small.
Today, brain pacemakers control tremors and seizures; tomorrow, advances in biochemistry and bioengineering could make Alzheimer's, brain damage, and perhaps even mental retardation preventable, curable, and reversible. Microchips in the brain could enhance memory, restore mental functions, store data, and even control our cell phones.
Bionic or biological spare brain parts that now restore hearing and give sight to the blind could restore movement to the paralyzed—and give the healthy super powers. Brain surgery may be rare, thanks to nanomedicine, and brain scans will identify mental illness and brain disease before symptoms show, "read" minds, and predict and control behavior.
This comprehensive and entertaining look at the wonders in your brain's very near future is written and edited by Judith Horstman, based on the newest research and articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines.