In a very unique TED Talk by David Eagleman called “Can we create new senses for humans?”, we get to explore technology tools that enable us to experience things our senses have not felt before . For example, he shares experiments of pilots feeling their way through flights using sensory dashboards or, for him, experiencing his TED Talk through online, real-time tweets as the sensors in the vest he is wearing vibrate one way for positive words and another for negative words.
Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks, comes on the stage following a standing ovation after David finishes. He asks him whether he is nervous about how busy he will be if what he is testing shows that our brains have the capacity, using his sensors, to identify patterns and, as a result, predict trends with benefits–benefits like increased financial success. Chris references another of David’s experiments that is testing the brain’s ability to find patterns in the stock market and the windfalls the results could yield.
I usually watch TED Talks while I am working out. More often than not, the talk I’m watching on my Ipad is so intriguing I’m able to finish more easily. Today I was energized and wanted to share this talk with you. If you have a moment, watch David’s TED Talk. It’s a winner. My belief is that David will discover that our brains do indeed have the ability to build patterns and grow that ability, similar to our ability to grow muscles and stamina when we exercise continuously. As a result we are, as David believes, at that tipping point of possibility.