Deepak Chopra: Five business technology takeaways

Deepak Chopra: Five business technology takeaways

Summary: Deepak Chopra says well being, technology and business are going to be mashed up going forward.


ORLANDO---It's not often you hear well being guru Deepak Chopra talk information technology, but the founder of the Chopra Foundation dispensed a few business technology and management tips to CXOs.

Speaking at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo Thursday, Chopra's main theme is that technology can have a significant impact on human health and well being.

Your well being will be measured.


Here are five takeaways to ponder.

1. Technologies will reinvent well being by measuring, quantifying and offering ways to fix problems. "The confluence of nanotech, IT, biotech, cognitive tech and brain computer interfaces will determine how we interact with each other and heal ourselves," said Chopra. Biosensors the size of a quarter will measure your body ecosystem.

2. Executives need to care and be proactive about the well being of employees. The argument is that if your employees aren't well cared for neither are your customers and shareholders, said Chopra. "Stress is the epidemic of our time," he said. "Business leaders can no longer ignore the well being of their employees and need to focus on the well being of their communities."

3. Enough with the multitasking. "The cortical brain cannot multitasking. Multitasking is the only activity that gets worse with practice and destroys your relationship with time," said Chopra.

4. Data is everything. Throughout his talk, Chopra, who works with Gallup on well being indexes and scores, had data to quantify human well being and mixed in real analytics and science.

5. Technology is neutral and can be used for good or evil. Chopra noted that IT will be critical to aiding the human condition, but can also be used for things like war. The key point is technology isn't one or the other. That takeaway is worth noting as business leaders increasingly ponder the use of smart machines that will take away IT jobs yet create other opportunities. The more change technology brings the larger the vilification is likely to become.

Topics: CXO, Emerging Tech, Health

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  • Yikes!!!

    That graphic looks like a Microsoft org chart. Mr. Chopra could stand some lessons on slide-making, methinks.
  • lynx

    Thanks for getting him involved. I think we need more of such integrations.
  • Mr. Dignan:

    From your bio: "Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic."

    From the article above: "The cortical brain cannot multitasking. ..."

    Were you multitasking when you typed that quote? I seriously doubt Mr. Chopra actually said that sentence out loud (sounds ridiculous), so I assume your editor (you?) failed to type in the "do". Either your spelling/grammar checker needs to be fired or ... you can't edit. Really?

    Frankly, this kind of thing is rampant throughout not only IT reporting, but news stories in general. It's as if very few people took grammar in grade school, or they just don't care. Am I the only one irritated and sometimes confused by these, obvious, stupid, easy to correct mistakes? Maybe the problem is the fee I'm paying to get your publication. Tell you what-- offer a correctly edited edition of the ZDnet panoply for a few bucks/year, and I will consider helping pay for you to get an actual editor. I'm not trying to be insulting or hurt your feelings, sir, but sloppy editing implies sloppy reporting and careless analysis of the facts and issues.

    You and your staff can do better.