Browse Definitions:
Definition

transformative technology

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Transformative technology is hardware- and software-based tools designed to enhance human psychological well-being, cognitive function and physical capabilities.

Transformative technologies include:

Virtual reality therapy – the use of VR to enhance physical and psychological well-being. VR therapy has been applied for sports training and stroke and paraplegia recovery as well as treatment for mental health issues including phobias, stress, anxiety and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Digital drugs (binaural beats) -- audio recordings capable of changing brain wave patterns and inducing an altered state of consciousness similar to that effected by taking physical drugs or achieving a deep state of meditation.

Mindfulness training -- in a tech context, apps designed to help participants increase their ability to live fully in the present moment. That capacity reduces stress and burnout and leads to greater engagement and productivity.

Affective computing -- AI systems that can assess human emotion through data gathered from faces, voices and body language. An important business goal of AC is to build human-computer interfaces that can detect and appropriately respond to an end user's state of mind.

Biofeedback – systems that access biological data from the user, such as heart rate, breathing patterns and skin changes and help them control physiological responses to improve physical and mental health.

The old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brain is no longer considered valid -- it’s more accurate to say that the other 90 percent is also active, but we’re not sure exactly what it is doing. According to experts such as Michael Hutchinson, author of Mega Brain, the human capacity for transformation is vast:

“What we think of as normal intelligence is probably just a pale shadow of the brain’s actual powers and faculties. It’s as if we’ve been given superbly engineered sports cars in which we’ve been putt-putting about without ever shifting out of first gear, never realizing that there were higher gears."

Transformative technologies are one aspect of what is being referred to as consciousness hacking. The other two elements of consciousness hacking are practices such as shamanic drumming and meditation, and psychedelics such as peyote and ayahuasca.

The term transformative technology is also sometimes used in reference to disruptive technology.

This was last updated in April 2018

Continue Reading About transformative technology

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • smart contract

    A smart contract, also known as a cryptocontract, is a computer program that directly controls the transfer of digital currencies...

  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces. A...

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • incident management plan (IMP)

    An incident management plan (IMP), sometimes called an incident response plan or emergency management plan, is a document that ...

  • crisis communication

    Crisis communication is a method of corresponding with people and organizations during a disruptive event to provide them with ...

  • Zerto

    Zerto is a storage software vendor that specializes in enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery in virtual and ...

SearchStorage

  • SSD write cycle

    An SSD write cycle is the process of programming data to a NAND flash memory chip in a solid-state storage device.

  • data storage

    Data storage is the collective methods and technologies that capture and retain digital information on electromagnetic, optical ...

  • hard disk

    A hard disk is part of a unit -- often called a disk drive, hard drive or hard disk drive -- that stores and provides relatively ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close