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Two Promising Avenues for Technology-Aided Mindfulness Practice: Ultrasonic Neuromodulation and Advanced Artificial Intelligence

member events Apr 08, 2021
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We’re thrilled to be hosting Shinzen Young - former monk, world-renowned meditation teacher, Co-Director of the Sonication Enhanced Mindful Awareness (SEMA) lab at the University of Arizona, and the founder and creator of Unified Mindfulness. We asked him what he wanted to share with the institute, and here’s what he said:

“Recently, I've been giving a lot of thought to how artificial intelligence and neuromodulation might be recruited into the service of rolling out contemplative-based psychospiritual growth for all communities worldwide.  I think of my own approach to mindfulness as a ‘contemplative practice informed by the spirit of science’.  This naturally leads one to consider what ‘science informed by the spirit of contemplative practice’ might look like.  I'm thinking of calling this approach to science ‘embodied science’.  Embodied science is one possible theoretical centerpiece facilitating rigorous research in the direction of technology-aided spirituality.”

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Featured Speaker: Shinzen Young

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant. His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. Shinzen’s interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los Angeles.

Host: Jay Vidyarthi, Design Strategist, MSGI

Jay Vidyarthi is an attention activist working toward a society where tools for self-care and mental health are as diverse as the people who need them. He believes mindfulness will empower individuals to reclaim choice in the attention economy. As a designer, Jay has helped launch mindful technologies like Muse: the brain sensing headband, Sonic Cradle, the Healthy Minds Program, and 10+ more. Jay serves on the advisory council for the Mindful Society Global Institute, he’s taught design at major educational institutions, and he has been recognized and featured internationally (Harvard, ACM, MIT, UToronto, Forbes, Vice, Fast Company, TED, etc).

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