What is your most important tool to be successful as a professional? Your brain!
What do you know about your thinking brain that's useful for your everyday work? Nothing.
The sad result: you ruin the performance of your magnificent brain, and obstruct the matchless potential of your brain-ICT collaboration (Information and Communication Technologies).Taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of your brain you will also get the best results from your brain-ICT synergy.

In this blog I will mix recent discoveries with useful practical consequences, and ideas from my book "BRAINCHAINS. Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world".
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Your body-brain surpasses the internet of things.

Even if the Internet of Things one day links a hundred trillion objects it is still very primitive compared to a single human brain.
To make matters even more fascinating, the brain communicates in both directions with every single one of the 50-100 trillion cells in the body. This body-brain is busy with the maintenance of our bodies, adjusting to constant changes in its environment. It does this totally autonomously, on automatic pilot. We don’t have to think about things like keeping our heart beating, our blood circulating, our gut digesting or our kidneys filtering. Our body-brain takes care of this without us being at all aware.
It performs all these tens of thousands of tasks at the same time with what IT specialists might see as the ultra-sophisticated distributed computing I mentioned above. This means that every single cell is like a little computer that influences and is influenced by trillions of other computers.
Together they process billions of routines in parallel, they lead each other and they decide together in a complex network that works at astonishing speed. The branches of this brain-system run through the whole body. They direct the working and the multiplication of all the cells; they even influence the genes in our cells. On the other hand, the cells in our body also give feedback to the body-brain so that it can adapt and adjust efficiently and at a high speed. All this activity is synchronized by the biological clock that, if you want, I can discuss in more detail later on.
This functions somewhat like a super-sophisticated Internet of Things. From what I explained about the brain, however, you certainly realize that this sophisticated combination of 160 billion brain-cells interacting with 100 trillion body-cells is far superior to the much touted Internet of Things.
Next time I will explain the three brains that help us to think, to make decisions, to act and to plan.

Prof Dr Theo Compernolle's most recent book is "BRAINCHAINS. Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world".
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