Increasing Human Intelligence in the Post Industrial Age

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“Corporations should be one of the first adopters of this  as they see the higher ROI on training costs.”

Increasing Human IntelligenceWhat if I told you there is a way to easily increase your intelligence and other cognitive abilities would that sound too good to be true? Well, what if I had told you ten years ago what your smart phone could do would that also have sounded too good to be true? Today, as you are reading this article, there is a way to hook up to the internet and “train your brain” anywhere in the world with the assistance of a professional brain trainer. And what if I told you that in just a few weeks training your ability to focus, learn and retain information would significantly increase would that be of interest to you or your company training program? Indeed, who doesn’t want to become more intelligent?

Huge Corporate Investment in training programs

In 2015, Corporations just in the USA spent over $150 billion for employee training and development programs. As with most corporate initiatives, management expects to receive a certain return on investment. As measuring ROI on training and development can contain many variables and can vary from company to company, suffice it to say the higher the ROI, the better. Likewise, the impact of training and development depend on two major factors: 1) the quality of the training; 2) the learning ability of those being trained.

Education in the USA is falling behind despite trillions in public investment

In the USA, the discussion and concern about the quality of education being produced has been raging for decades. Each year, the government in the USA spends over $480 billion for public education and another $300 billion is spent by individuals for private education. In addition, over the past decade billions have been spent on new IT infrastructure hooking up students and teachers to new technologies. But the outcome of all that spending and new teaching methods has not improved the measurable results hoped for. In 2015, despite outspending every nation on a per student basis, US global rankings for K-12 were dismal.[1]

  • 27thin math
  • 17thin reading
  • 20thin science

To be fair, there are many reasons for this discouraging failure, but the fact remains that new teaching programs and the huge investment in educational infrastructure has not done the trick. So, what now? In a world of increasing complexity and global competition, we need to solve this fundamental problem.  The good news is: it can be done but probably not like we would expect. Albert Einstein’s most famous quotation (with the exception of E=MC2) applies: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”…. and this article is dedicated to that idea

Contrary to popular belief, human intelligence and cognitive abilities can be significantly improved with specific types of brain training.

Technology to Improve Ourselves

The age of transforming technologies has had and continues to have a major impact on our lives. Advances in communications, increased productivity in the workplace, cool entertainment value, fantastic medical advances and a plethora of other beneficial improvements have transformed our environment but what about helping to transform ourselves?  Indeed, increased global competition and technology may be creating a world beyond the mental capacities of many citizens and workers to function successfully. At the same time, there is an uncomfortable feeling that social, economic and political problems may be exceeding our capacity to come up with good solutions. Perhaps many of us are beginning to believe that just inventing more technology will not be a solution and the finger is pointing at us and our inability to match the pace of our potential. However, over the past decade or so, there have been real advances in brain research as it relates to medicine and health care. Now, as has happened many times before, technology transfer from one industry to another may be providing the first opportunity to improve ourselves and speed up evolution. 

Remote QEEG guided S-Loreta Z-Score Neurofeedback and its ability to improve Intelligence and learning

According to some investment analysts, Brain Computer Interface technology (BCI) will see exponential growth in the next decade. New imaging techniques such as fMRI, MEG, PET, SPECT and QEEG along with molecular biology are rapidly advancing our understanding of how our brains work. One technique has recently come out of these advancements that have shown remarkable results helping patients overcome many disabilities such as learning, memory, attention deficit, depression and ability to properly use cognition is known as Remote QEEG guided S-Loreta Z-Score Neurofeedback. What has really made this technique and methodology so functional is that it can now be used remotely over the internet and delivered at much lower costs.

This totally non-invasive technology allows Neuroscientists and brain trainers to work directly with clients anywhere in the world. In simple terms, the technology remotely maps out the electrical activity of the individual brain and then a training program based on analysis and what the client wishes to improve is designed and implemented. Typically, a program for improving specific mental tasks such as focus, memory retention and recall, creativity and language capabilities and more takes about twenty one hour private session. When we say “improve” we mean that the process can provide statistically significant improvements that are not by chance or normal variations in performance. Indeed, improvement is required to be better than two standard deviations or the 98% confidence level.

Formerly relegated to the world of healthcare and medicine, this methodology is about to be introduced into the normal population to help improve individual mental acuity as well as a menu of other benefits.

Remote QEEG coming to homes and businesses

Perhaps the very first company to take the technology to industry and education is a small company named International Neural Logistics. The company and the methodology has been developed by Dr. Freddy Starr, a U.S. trained Medical Doctor as well as experienced Psychiatrist for adolescent and adults. Dr. Starr and his growing team of brain trainers have done over 20,000 hours of private brain training over the past two years through a sister company Homebraintraining.com. Dr. Starr says, “The new technology and methodology can play an important role in helping to not only improve intelligence and cognitive abilities but also help open minds to the concept of using technology to actually improve ourselves and our lives. Indeed, we are accustomed to accepting very intrusive medical procedures to make our lives better and more productive. This technology is totally non-invasive, harmless and poses absolutely no risks that we know of,” says Dr. Starr.

From a business point of view, being able to achieve 10% more ROI from industry investment in training and development would be equivalent to $15 billion additional annually to say nothing of what new ideas and innovation might become reality.

[1] According to the Program for International Student Assessment for 2015, out of 34 OECD countries

 

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