Mind Control: Is the e-World Rewiring Our Brains?

We spend our day staring at the cool blue glow of an electronic screen. Our smartphones have become our safety blanket, and even toddlers are becoming fluent in the icon-language and touch interface of tablets.

As our communications become increasingly digital, what is happening to the wiring of our brains, and is it a bad thing?

Have we become addicted to electronic connectivity? Have we lost our memory and our ability to form normal human bonds, or are these devices just the latest tools in humanity’s millennia-long quest for instant communication? The Leonardo, in partnership with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR), will host a discussion that investigates how our brain is affected by connectedness to the Internet and digital communication. The free event will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Small plate food options and a variety of beverage choice will be available for purchase. 

“Mind Control: Is the e-World Rewiring Our Brains?” will feature discussions from psychology, neurological and technology professionals who can speak to the effects digital technology has on our brain. The conversation will include a brief look at the history of mass communications, what all of this is doing to our brain, the future of mass communications and input from the panel experts. 

Bryton Sampson, communications specialist for the Leonardo, says that in a very short amount of time, the way we communicate and the way information is disseminated has changed dramatically.

“Now, even toddlers are using touch screens and none of us are ever truly disconnected,” said Sampson. It’s important to explore what that means to all of us as human beings, and to discuss what kind of future this will lead to.”

Leonardo After Hours is a joint production of The Leonardo and USTAR. The quarterly events explore science and technology in society through the lens of local innovation, and are made possible with generous support from CH2MHill.

Previous After Hours events have included discussion topics such as the science behind why and what we fear, women scientists who have changed the world and uncovering the genius of Da Vinci. 

For more information about the event or to RSVP, please visit http://www.theleonardo.org/programs/adults/leo_after_hours