January 23, 2024

The Tech Revolution Happening In Brain Health

There are a lot of exciting developments happening in the neurotechnology space that could dramatically improve how we detect, prevent, and treat cognitive decline and conditions like dementia and diseases like Alzheimer's. On this episode, one of the world's foremost neuroscientists, Dr. Allison Sekuler, joins us to talk about her work in this field, some of the innovations she's most excited about, how innovations in AI and AR/VR will be applied to brain health, and what it's going to mean for how we age. Also: We get her advice on how to keep our brains working well into our old age. 🧠

  • 6:45 - How cognitive health changes as we age
  • 9:22 - What are the most important factors impacting brain health, and how people can prevent cognitive decline
  • 12:49 - Innovations in treatments of cognitive decline
  • 15:58 - How new tech is making it possible to detect dementia and Alzheimer's earlier than ever
  • 20:30 - Is brain health among Canadians getting better or worse, overall?
  • 27:19 - Some of the most promising technological innovations in the space, and the companies working on them
  • 31:07 - Applications of AR/VR for brain health
  • 35:18 - How large language models and the human brain differ, and whether AI will ever get good enough to be indistinguishable from human cognition
  • 39:46 - Applications of AI for brain health
  • 42:21 - Is technology making our brains less healthy?