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Spencer Coppin

Superhuman Summit 2017 Introduction

Spencer Coppin introduces us to Superhuman Summit 2017. With the theme of: Live Forever, this year’s Summit hosted amazing talks about life extension, microbiome, genetics, self-quantification, smart tech, and superhuman mindsets. Optimization, education, and inspiration are the keystones

Kaya Turksi

A greater sense of self

In this one-on-one from Superhuman Summit 2017, recently retired 8 time medal-winning X-Games Champion, Kaya Turski, reflects on the mentality of being a consistent winner and how she overcame one of her toughest moments, both physically and psychologically on her path to setting her indelible mark as a freestyle and slopestyle skier.

Dr Jeff Almon

Invisible pain can lead to chronic injury

From Superhuman Summit 2017 Dr. Jeff Almon showcases how much of our pain is invisible and how this results in significant injury. In particular, the ability to spot and then your adapt your protective reflexes – which silently inhibit parts of your body for the protection of other areas – requires deeper focus and attention. … Continue reading Invisible pain can lead to chronic injury

Bianca Rizzo

The health benefits of CBD, the cannabis plant’s best element

At Superhuman Summit 2017, host Spencer Coppin quizzes Bianca Rizzo on the health benefits of Cannabidiols (CBD), one of the major compounds in cannabis. Combating anxiety, nausea, inflammation, and boosting auto-immune function and mental performance, Bianca presents compelling explanation for why CBD is one of the most exciting prospects within the medical community.


How sound can reduce stress and promote heart health

Mark Nazemi and Maryam Mobini are passionate about sound. Many people would appreciate sounds like music as a source of positive energy (calming or exciting), but we are affected by sound all day, every day and whether we know it or not – it stresses our bodies out. Chaotic and jarring sounds can increase anxiety … Continue reading How sound can reduce stress and promote heart health

Dr John Pitts

Using stem cells to avoid unnecessary surgery

Dr. John Pitts firmly beliefs that you can avoid costly surgeries by healing yourself. But this isn’t just wishful thinking or eccentric home remedies. At Superhuman Summit 2017, Dr. Pitts describes how stem cells are at the forefront of the future of regenerative medicine. We all have a bounty of stem cells within our bodies … Continue reading Using stem cells to avoid unnecessary surgery

Dr Helen Messier

Time to end the war on microbes

The “War on Microbes” has reached its tipping point and we are beginning to truly witness what detrimental effects our increasingly high intensity efforts are leading to. The rise in chronic diseases, including a variety linked to obesity, can be attributed to the carpet-bombing of our own personal microbial ecosystems. Of special significance, Dr. Messier … Continue reading Time to end the war on microbes

Dr Ben Lynch

Optimizing your susceptible genes for high performance in a dirty world

In this “clean” presentation at Superhuman Summit 2017, Dr. Ben Lynch explains how many of our illnesses and ailments that contribute to under-performance are rooted in susceptible and vulnerable genes exposed to a polluted world. These dynamic genes can be incited to over and under-performance, both causing issues of their own. But just because these … Continue reading Optimizing your susceptible genes for high performance in a dirty world

Rohan Dixit

Redesigning meditation for the 21st century. How to destress in the modern world

Can technology help us be more zen? Rohan Dixit believes so. In a crisp talk from Superhuman Summit 2017, Rohan shares insights pulled from life-long meditators in the Himalayas and combines them with lessons from the science laboratories studying meditation. The result is Lief. A new technology-driven wearable, the Lief aims to train our behaviour … Continue reading Redesigning meditation for the 21st century. How to destress in the modern world

Dr. Jeff Spencer

Big mentalities for superhuman rewards

In this BIG talk at Superhuman Summit 2017, high performance specialist, Dr. Jeff Spencer, explains how to consistently deliver on your ambitions by adopting the champion’s mindset. The only thing in the way? Your human survival instincts. When it comes to high performance, self-preservation won’t cut it. You need to be able to fight back … Continue reading Big mentalities for superhuman rewards

Taylor MacIssac

How your genetics determine what you should eat

At Superhuman Summit 2017, Taylor MacIssac revealed how your genetics can accurately predict the impact that your behaviours have on your body. An expert in statistical correlations between genetics and your food, Taylor presents a measurement algorithm that can tell you what level of intake of fat, lactose, caffeine, alcohol and vitamins are best for … Continue reading How your genetics determine what you should eat

Kristina Dimitrova

Fashion and technology is colliding to give you new abilities

Fashion expert Kristina Dimitrova demonstrates how our clothing will become the interface, and we will be the UI. Fashion has a fundamental role in the adoption of emerging technologies and as the two continue to merge we will see how subtle and stylish augmentation technology can be. And ultimately, we may discover how textiles make … Continue reading Fashion and technology is colliding to give you new abilities

Dr. Brendan Byrne

Your best health outcomes don’t come from healthcare

Dr. Brendan Byrne delivers a vision for healthcare which maximizes prevention and performance by combining digital innovation, fundamental wellness principles and a strategy tailored just for you. Brendan’s future outlook showcases how the healthcare system will shift dramatically toward “precision health” and the increasing importance of “health tune ups”, utilizing personalized behaviour action plans. The … Continue reading Your best health outcomes don’t come from healthcare

Adam McHeffey

Back to the start. Played on Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

Using the history of musical technology as a jumping off point, Adam McHeffey custom-crafted a Superhuman Summit performance titled, “Back to Start”. The performance is a representation of the many musical innovations we have witnessed over human history. Adam’s exciting demonstration of Artiphon’s INSTRUMENT 1 provides a glimpse into the future of music creation. Human … Continue reading Back to the start. Played on Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

Shawn Stevenson

Sleep is not for the weak

Sleep whisperer, Shawn Stevenson, is fighting back against the predominant “sleep is for the weak” mentality in our culture. In this seductive talk, Shawn guides us through his journey with insufficient sleep and how his determination to improve the quality of his sleep led to massive improvements in all areas of his life, including efficient … Continue reading Sleep is not for the weak

Dr. Jesse Karmazin

Can young blood reverse aging and cure disease?

Dr. Jesse Karmazin shares his pioneering expertise to demonstrate how blood transfusions can reverse the effects of aging and combat age-related diseases like dementia and heart disease. Jesse’s research and young blood clinical trials may unlock the opportunities to deliver these cures in the very near future.

Keegan MacIntosh

I’m getting frozen when I die, and so should all of you

In this sharp talk from Superhuman Summit 2017, Keegan challenges standard assumptions of death. Keegan’s argument: the science behind cryopreservation and human cryonics is improving rapidly and the likelihood to live forever may just exist today. Once you believe this technology gives you a probability greater than zero to live on into the future, the … Continue reading I’m getting frozen when I die, and so should all of you

Jordan Lejuwaan

Digital reality technologies will make us superhuman

In this technology-driven talk at Superhuman Summit 2016, Jordan Lejuwaan paints a future reality where human ability is augmented through a fast approaching digital environment.

Jesse Billauer

Greatness comes from within

In the closing talk of Superhuman Summit 2016, Jesse Billauer recounts the accident that left him suddenly paralyzed just when he was becoming one of the best surfers in the world. Shockingly, this turn of events didn’t slow Jesse down and he continues to surf without the full use of his body. An inspiration to … Continue reading Greatness comes from within

Conor Russomanno

Open-sourcing the brain

In one part talk, one part demonstration, Conor Russomanno showcases the world’s first open-source brain computer interface (BCI). The hardware technology stands at the forefront of the neuro-revolution, an era where we understand how the electrical signals of the brain work, use them to shape our brain health, and quite possibly control the technologies around … Continue reading Open-sourcing the brain


Superhuman, Being You

All good stories begin with a strong prologue. 2-time Juno nominated lyricist, Kyprios performs a custom crafted spoken word inspired by the Superhuman mindset. The performance video opened the Summit in 2017 and warmed the stage for a day full of speakers and performers sharing knowledge behind the movement to #enhanceyourself.

Scott Novich

Building new human senses

In this premier presentation at Superhuman Summit 2016, Dr Novich gives the audience a glimpse into the future when humans have an unlimited number of senses to experience reality.

Dr Cory Holly

To win, understand how the game is played

In a passionate, philosophical talk, Dr Cory Holly explains how sport provides no better method to overcome challenges. Dr Holly argues the embrace of spontaneous change, hard work and discipline are the keys to success.

Dr Diane Blackburn

How connected to your blood are you?

In this Superhuman Summit talk from 2016, Dr. Diane Blackburn presents partial evidence of a quantum connection between blood and the patient during a live blood analysis session. The talk opens up questions around the connection with our internal fluids and how our mindsets can drastically affect personal health.

Reuben Major

Let food be thy medicine

In this inspiring talk on clean eating, nutrition and personalized diets at Superhuman Summit 2016, Reuben Major talks about the importance of food as a force for positive change in your life.

Superhuman Summit 2016 Opening Performance

Find Your Light

In this powerful performance art opening at Superhuman Summit 2016, Find Your Light, featuring Lauren Overholt, executes a custom-choreographed story of transformation from normal to extraordinary.

Moon Ribas

A union between cybernetics and humanity: an “Earthbeat”

In a talk that showcases a future where humans and technology are intertwined, Moon Ribas explains the foundational understanding behind the cybernetic movement. Watch how Moon uses her augmented ability in a beautiful drum performance at the end of the talk.

Dr Jan Venter

The prevention power of neuromodulation

In this humorous talk at Superhuman Summit in November 2016, Dr Jan Venter showcases the research and science behind the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™). Dr Venter believes neuromodulation is the most powerful science to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Hiroko Demichelis

Heart rate variability and the science of letting go

Do you need to be a meditation expert, Buddhist monk or trained yogi to gain the benefits of mindfulness? In this groundbreaking talk at Superhuman Summit 2016, Hiroko Demichelis explains how the science behind heart rate variability can be a central predictor of health. And how simply “letting go” is the secret to enhancing yourself … Continue reading Heart rate variability and the science of letting go

Dr Garth Webb

The Bionic Lens and the human visual experience

In this exciting talk at Superhuman Summit 2016, Dr Webb releases information on the Bionic Lens, a technology launching to improve vision beyond current limitations, ultimately enhancing the human visual experience.

Dai Manuel

The journey to becoming superhuman

In this short opener at Superhuman Summit, Dai Manuel showcases the principles of a journey to enhance yourself.

Dr Robert Fraser

How molecular testing will launch an age of personalized health

In this short talk at Superhuman Summit, Dr Robert Fraser describes how measuring molecular markers, including your genomics, proteomics, microbiomics and metabolomics will open up an age of precision health and personalized treatments.

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The New Yorker

The hidden air pollution in our homes

These days, a “very unhealthy” designation for outdoor air is rare. After the passage of the Clean Air Act, in 1963, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, in 1970, the chemical composition of outdoor air became federally regulated, with penalties for polluters. But this victory may be less significant than we assume, because, in … Continue reading The hidden air pollution in our homes


The rise of elective sobriety

Around the country, and especially in certain hipster-ish social circles, sobriety is getting rebranded. Interest in more informal sobriety experiments?—?Dry January, Sober October, One Year No Beer?—?has reached a new peak, with Google Trends reporting that the number of searches for “Dry January” in January 2019 was nearly double what it was two years ago. Is this just … Continue reading The rise of elective sobriety


How meal timings affect your waistline

For decades, we’ve been told that weight gain, together with associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are a simple matter of the quantity and type of food we consume, balanced with the number of calories we expend through exercise. But mounting evidence suggests that timing is also important: it’s not just … Continue reading How meal timings affect your waistline

New York Times

Your environment is cleaner. Your immune system has never been so unprepared.

What does the immune system do when it’s not properly trained? It can overreact. It becomes aggrieved by things like dust mites or pollen. It develops what we called allergies, chronic immune system attacks — inflammation — in a way that is counterproductive, irritating, even dangerous.

Wall Street Journal

Not everybody must get stoned: pot’s nonintoxicating future

Thanks to CBD’s popularity, consumers are realizing that not all cannabinoids—the active chemical compounds in marijuana and hemp—get you stoned. Research suggests that some cannabinoids may, in fact, increase focus, suppress appetite and keep users awake. The steady wave of legalization has been thrilling for cannabinoid scientists, who say these compounds could help treat a … Continue reading Not everybody must get stoned: pot’s nonintoxicating future


Is sunscreen the new margarine?

Meanwhile, that big picture just keeps getting more interesting. Vitamin D now looks like the tip of the solar iceberg. Sunlight triggers the release of a number of other important compounds in the body, not only nitric oxide but also serotonin and endorphins. It reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers. It … Continue reading Is sunscreen the new margarine?

New York Times

The A.I. Diet. Forget government-issued food pyramids. Let an algorithm tell you how to eat.

We don’t often think of a diet as being unsafe, but the wrong foods can be dangerous for people with certain risks or conditions. I’ve had two bouts of kidney stones. To avoid a third, I need to stay away from foods high in oxalate, a naturally occurring molecule abundant in plants.


Disrupted circadian rhythms may drive anxiety and exacerbate brain disorders.

Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. While these disruptions are sometimes viewed as a side effect of brain disorders, new findings presented today suggest that aberrant sleep-wake cycles can also drive brain pathology.


Aging of lab grown human cells successfully reversed by new compounds

Senescent cells are classified as cells that are not older and deteriorated but also compromise the function of cells around them. Studies in animals have shown that the removal of these particular cells can improve some of the effects of aging; including delaying the onset of cataracts.


Dispatch from Davos: Hospitals of the future will not be traditional hospitals

It is easier to move health care to a phone than it is to move hospitals to remote communities. In fact, I believe we must get care to where patients are instead of getting patients to where care is located. That is a revolution that is starting now. To help power this new disruptive platform … Continue reading Dispatch from Davos: Hospitals of the future will not be traditional hospitals

National Post

It’s time to wake up to the fact that a general lack of sleep is severely and negatively affecting all of us

But people also underestimate their impairment due to drowsiness when it comes to other mental and physical activities. When there’s been chronic sleep-deprivation, individuals actually reset their baseline so that their state of sluggishness, ill health and mental fatigue becomes their new “normal.” If you think you’re getting by just fine on four or five hours … Continue reading It’s time to wake up to the fact that a general lack of sleep is severely and negatively affecting all of us

New Food Magazine

Gut microbiome helps body against food allergies

Scientists have reported that the gut microbiome plays a key role in the development of severe food allergies, and could be exploited to prevent their development. Previously, scientists have identified that infants allergic to cow’s milk had different compositions of gut microbes than non-allergic infants. Research has also shown that some microbes are associated with a lower … Continue reading Gut microbiome helps body against food allergies

Wall Street Journal

The loneliest generation: americans, more than ever, are aging alone

The effect of isolation is extraordinarily powerful,” says Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “If we want to achieve health for our population, especially vulnerable people, we have to address loneliness.” The Trump administration is looking at expanding faith-based partnerships to combat isolation among seniors, says U.S. Assistant Secretary … Continue reading The loneliest generation: americans, more than ever, are aging alone


A time to fast.

Although these findings clearly indicate that a reduction of caloric intake could be an effective intervention to improve health and prevent disease during aging in humans, there are several obstacles [including safety concerns and lack of data in older popualtions] and…The current “obesogenic” social environment makes it difficult for individuals to adhere to strict dietary … Continue reading A time to fast.

National Geographic

How personalized medicine is transforming your healthcare.

Precision medicine flips the script on conventional medicine, which typically offers blanket recommendations and prescribes treatments designed to help more people than they harm but that might not work for you. The approach recognizes that we each possess distinct molecular characteristics, and they have an outsize impact on our health.


Dr. Taz wants to help you find your ‘super woman rx’

Wellness is essentially about finding our best energy, weight and emotional mindset—our power. It’s not about the latest trend. When we lack the key nutrients or hormone balance to feel good, our best efforts are only representative of half of our true potential, not a true reflection of all we could do and accomplish.


DNA researchers pinpoint the type of exercise that could extend life

But perhaps the most well-studied part of anti-aging is the role of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that naturally get shorter as we get older. As we age, telomeres shorten naturally, but there are some things we can do to slow, or even, in small part, reverse that process. Endurance exercises reversed the shortening of … Continue reading DNA researchers pinpoint the type of exercise that could extend life


The real trick to staying young forever

Relationships deeply affect people’s physical and mental health—including relationships with younger generations. George Vaillant, the psychiatrist who led the study for decades, found that those in middle age or older who invest in nurturing the next generation were three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to do so. “Biology flows downhill,” he … Continue reading The real trick to staying young forever


Why scientists are rushing to catalog the world’s poop

The effort is known as the Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMC), and its goal is to catalog and safe-keep the different kinds of gut bacteria found in humans’ digestive systems across the planet. It’s an endeavor that could be under threat from changing diets and lifestyles.

New York Times

The human brain is a time traveler.

A growing number of scholars, drawn from a wide swath of disciplines — neuroscience, philosophy, computer science — now argue that this aptitude for cognitive time travel, revealed by the discovery of the default network, may be the defining property of human intelligence. “What best distinguishes our species,” Seligman wrote in a Times Op-Ed with … Continue reading The human brain is a time traveler.


The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym.

People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. In fact, Blue Zones researchers determined that routine natural movement is one of the most impactful ways to increase … Continue reading The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym.


The next big thing in health is your exposome

The first thing we learned is the exposome is vast. There were more than 2,000 species, from bacteria to my pet guinea pig, registered during my own two years of profiling. Even the guy or gal who wore it for three months for the study was exposed to over 1,000 species. There were close to … Continue reading The next big thing in health is your exposome

The Walrus

How I saved my kids from sugar

Some researchers suggest that sugar is in and of itself uniquely and dramatically toxic—that independent of its effect on weight, sugar increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and other illnesses. Others see sugar as a driver of illness only in terms of its contribution to weight gain. I’m not wholly convinced … Continue reading How I saved my kids from sugar


Forget the blood of teens. This pill promises to extend life for a nickel a pop

Barzilai’s big plan isn’t necessarily less quixotic than those being dreamed up at Silicon Valley biotechs. It’s just quixotic in a completely different way. Rather than trying to develop a wildly expensive, highly speculative therapy that will likely only benefit the billionaire-demigod set, Barzilai wants to convince the FDA to put its seal of approval on … Continue reading Forget the blood of teens. This pill promises to extend life for a nickel a pop


Biomimicry: the natural blueprint

Apart from the bell-shaped body of a jellyfish, FullCircle looked at the positioning of schools of fish, how heart valves function and kelp blades are adapted to rapidly flowing water and maximize photosynthesis, according to their project overview for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge—a competition that invites people to create sustainable human designs inspired by … Continue reading Biomimicry: the natural blueprint

The Independent

Sleep apnoea may contribute to dementia by starving brain of oxygen at night, suggests study

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition where the throat relaxes and narrows during sleep to the point that it cuts off breathing. The condition becomes more common in old age, and in people who are overweight, and makes high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep disruption more likely – which are all factors associated with dementia.


Is fasting the fountain of youth?

A critical aspect of fasting — which is different from simply restricting calories — is that the body undergoes a metabolic switch from using glucose to using ketones as fuel, a result of the depletion of liver energy stores and the mobilization of fat. The presence of ketones in the blood signifies that on the … Continue reading Is fasting the fountain of youth?


Tech’s next big wave: big data meets biology

The amount of data you slough off everyday—in lab tests, medical images, genetic profiles, liquid biopsies, electrocardiograms, to name just a few—is overwhelming by itself. Throw in the stuff from medical claims, clinical trials, prescriptions, academic research, and more, and the yield is something on the order of 750 quadrillion bytes every day—or some 30% … Continue reading Tech’s next big wave: big data meets biology


The future of food goes way beyond lab-grown meat

There’s pretty good evidence that our current methods of production and diet in general are not sustainable, and so if we’re here for another 50, 100, or more years, it would seem important that that the diet looks different going forward. You can take a pill and get all of your nutrient requirements for micronutrients. But … Continue reading The future of food goes way beyond lab-grown meat


AI-human “hive mind” diagnoses pneumonia

In a study presented on Monday at the SIIM Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging in San Francisco, Stanford University doctors showed that eight radiologists interacting through Unanimous AI’s “swarm intelligence” technology were better at diagnosing pneumonia from chest X-rays than individual doctors or a machine-learning program alone.


What I learned about weight loss from spending a day inside a metabolic chamber.

Being a self-imposed NIH prisoner was an exciting and rare opportunity — to see one of the most important scientific tools in obesity research up close and to finally get some answers on this long-simmering question about my body. But my day in the chamber revealed the depths of my misunderstanding about my metabolism. And … Continue reading What I learned about weight loss from spending a day inside a metabolic chamber.


Why socks help you sleep better

If you’re one of those people who has trouble falling asleep, listen up. You might fall asleep 15 minutes earlier and wake up far less during the night if you put on a pair of socks at bedtime. It turns out that the temperature difference between the surface skin of your extremities and your abdomen (known by sleep geeks as the distal-proximal … Continue reading Why socks help you sleep better

The Daily Beast

The ‘human hunger hormone’ might cure alcoholism

The “human hunger hormone,” ghrelin, is one you’re probably familiar with: It’s the one that makes your stomach grumble, eye snacks and food hungrily, and in general informs you that you need food. From a neurobiological perspective, ghrelin impacts both reward pathways and stress pathways, two key drivers of substance use. Alcohol-seeking behavior is coupled with the … Continue reading The ‘human hunger hormone’ might cure alcoholism

New York Times

We are merging with robots. That’s a good thing.

These are the algorithms that talk with us, that watch us, that trade for us, that select dates for us, that suggest what we might buy, sell, or wear. They are the algorithms that pool information about us, and that will slowly permeate the full range of human-built environments, from bridges to roads to cities … Continue reading We are merging with robots. That’s a good thing.


Aging of lab grown human cells successfully reversed by new compounds

Aging is a natural process that occurs in all humans as cells decline. One scientific explanation for aging relates to the accumulation of “senescent” cells in tissues and organs. Scientists have successfully reversed the aging of human cells in lab conditions. The research could provide answers about how to treat age-related disease.


It’s not clear yet how to boost the microbiome. But diet is the best bet.

He points out that the skin, gut and reproductive organs are home to roughly 1,000 different species of bacteria and 5,000 different bacterial strains. Figuring out which foods or probiotics could help reshape or harmonize the microbiome for improved health is like baking a perfect cake using 5,000 different ingredients, he says. The idea that … Continue reading It’s not clear yet how to boost the microbiome. But diet is the best bet.

1843 Magazine

How to edit a human

By this stage, laboratories around the world were trying to uncover how CRISPR could be used to edit a gene. In Lithuania, Virginijus Siksnys was one of the acknowledged leaders. His laboratory had treated CRISPR like an app, showing how its DNA sequence could be taken from one bacteria and “installed” in another, where it worked perfectly to protect the organism. … Continue reading How to edit a human


Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist

What makes sleep so essential for our wellbeing comes down to three main things: to save our energy, to help our cells recover, and to help us process and understand our environment. In order to get a healthy eight hours of sleep, which is the amount that many people need, you need to be in bed … Continue reading Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist

Dr. Axe

Benefits of autophagy, plus how to induce it.

Autophagy helps to clear damaged cells from the body, including senescent cells that serve no functional purpose but still linger inside tissues and organs. The reason it’s so important to remove senescent and damaged cells is because they can trigger inflammatory pathways and contribute to various diseases. In fact, autophagy is so beneficial that it’s now being called a … Continue reading Benefits of autophagy, plus how to induce it.


Will blockchain transform healthcare?

Blockchain is not meant for storage of large data sets. Blockchain is not an analytics platform. Blockchain has very slow transactional performance. However, as a tamperproof public ledger, blockchain is ideal for proof of work. Blockchain is highly resilient. In the future we might see blockchain as a component of a system in which patients … Continue reading Will blockchain transform healthcare?


Who wants to live forever? Only one in six brits, according to a new poll

One of the things people tend to worry about in life is the fact that it will come to an end. Even if you avoid being hit by a bus, or mauled by a pack of angry football fans, you’re going to die eventually. As it turns out not that many British people would change … Continue reading Who wants to live forever? Only one in six brits, according to a new poll

New York Times

When we eat, or don’t eat, may be critical for health

A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms, the innate 24-hour cycles that tell our bodies when to wake up, when to eat and when to fall asleep. Studies show that chronically disrupting this rhythm — by eating late meals or nibbling … Continue reading When we eat, or don’t eat, may be critical for health


Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success

The findings are a milestone for researchers who believe that the best way to tackle diseases of old age may be to design new drugs that combat the ageing process itself. “Immune function was just one of the things that got better,” said Joan Mannick, who worked on the trial at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research … Continue reading Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success


The quantified heart

Delegating therapy to a machine is the ultimate gesture of faith in technocracy: we are inclined to believe that AI can be better at sorting out our feelings because, ostensibly, it doesn’t have any of its own. Except that it does – the feelings it learns from us, humans.


Google’s AI can predict when a patient will die

Feeding electronic health record data to a deep learning model could substantially improve the accuracy of projected outcomes. In trials using data from two U.S. hospitals, researchers were able to show that these algorithms could predict a patient’s length of stay and time of discharge, but also the time of death.

New York Times

How long can we live? The limit hasn’t been reached

Among extremely old Italians, the death rate stops rising — the curve abruptly flattens into a plateau. Researchers also found that people who were born in later years have a slightly lower mortality rate when they reach 105. “The plateau is sinking over time,” said Kenneth W. Wachter, a demographer at the University of California, … Continue reading How long can we live? The limit hasn’t been reached

The Verge

This company is making an at-home CRISPR kit to find out what’s making you sick

Called Mammoth Biosciences, the company is working on a credit card-sized paper test and smartphone app combo for disease detection. But the applications extend beyond that: The same technology could be used in agriculture, to determine what’s making animals sick or what sorts of microbes are found in soil, or even in the oil and … Continue reading This company is making an at-home CRISPR kit to find out what’s making you sick


The responsibility of immortality

Human beings are tremendously adaptable and resilient, and we seem to quickly adjust to almost any technological change. Unfortunately, not all of our problems are technical and we are really bad at fixing social problems. Even the ones that we like to think we’ve fixed, like racism, keep morphing and getting stronger, like drug-resistant pathogens… we … Continue reading The responsibility of immortality


Where are our useful futuristic clothes already?

Much of the apparel on offer now seems aimed at simply connecting clothing-based sensors to the wearer’s phone. Beyond giving new meaning to the phrase “smartly dressed,” these connected threads seem largely aimed at allowing us to avoid touching our other smart devices by letting us double-tap our cuffs or collars to perform certain digital functions. But … Continue reading Where are our useful futuristic clothes already?


New jelly-like neural implant eliminates the need to drill through the brain

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a flexible, squishy silicon-based hydrogel that sticks to neural tissue, bringing non-invasive electrodes to the brain’s surface. Researchers are hoping that their work will lead to a new era of safer neural implants and give rise to better, more accurate neural readings that could help us understand diseases and other brain … Continue reading New jelly-like neural implant eliminates the need to drill through the brain

The Independent

People with disrupted sleep patterns more likely to develop mood disorders

In the largest ever study of its kind, researchers decided to explore the connection between an interrupted circadian rhythm and the development of mood disorders. Their verdict: experiencing an insufficient amount of sleep can have an extremely detrimental impact on both your mental and physical health.


Can you change your microbiome?

Our microbiomes dictate more about our bodies and our lives than we may like to admit. The influences range from the obvious, such as intestinal health, to the surprising, such as our moods. The science is anything but settled, though. After years of connecting the dots between microbes and human health, scientists have begun using … Continue reading Can you change your microbiome?


Scientists say they have developed a memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain

Scientists may have just developed the first successful memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain. Using technology that can truly be called a “brain hack,” they report being able to boost memory by about 35% over a baseline measurement. This first-of-its-kind implant study took a novel approach to restoring memory. Rather than try to reverse memory loss, the prosthetic … Continue reading Scientists say they have developed a memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain


Endothelial benefits of tea drinking

Drinking 2–3 cups of tea will provide the majority of recommended daily flavonoid intake. Flavonoids may reduce heart disease due to its beneficial effect on the endothelium-the layer of cells that separates the blood from the wall of the artery. This single layer of cells is the only thing that separates the quickly flowing blood … Continue reading Endothelial benefits of tea drinking


The man-machine: how bio-hacking can change the future of music

Neil Harbisson no longer makes music in the traditional sense, however – now he’s just the vessel through which it travels. “It’s not that I create music; my reality has become my music,” he explains. “The art came when I created of the organ, in a sense. It transformed my reality into music, so I … Continue reading The man-machine: how bio-hacking can change the future of music

Foreign Affairs

Gene editing for good: how CRISPR could transform global development

Over the next decade, gene editing could help humanity overcome some of the biggest and most persistent challenges in global health and development. The technology is making it much easier for scientists to discover better diagnostics, treatments, and other tools to fight diseases that still kill and disable millions of people every year, primarily the poor.


This compound can reverse aging in mice. Will it work in people?

In a study published in the journal Cell, researchers report that they found a molecule that essentially reactivates faltering blood flow in aging mice. Compromised blood flow is a major component of aging, since it deprives tissues and organs, including the brain, of the essential nutrients and oxygen they need to function.

Wall Street Journal

What the hospitals of the future look like

The sprawling institutions we know are radically changing—becoming smaller, more digital, or disappearing completely. The result should be cheaper and better care.

New York Times

The highs and lows of testosterone

Getting a high testosterone reading offers bragging rights for some men of a certain age — and may explain in part the lure of testosterone supplements. But once you are within a normal range, does your level of testosterone, the male hormone touted to build energy, libido and confidence, really tell you that much?

The Guardian

Researchers develop device that can ‘hear’ your internal voice

Researchers have created a wearable device that can read people’s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking. The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers verbalise internally but do not say out loud, using electrodes attached to the skin.

Reader's Digest

13 silent signs your microbiome could be in trouble

That collection of bacteria in your gut could have more wide-reaching health effects than you realize. Here are the warning signs that it’s not happy.

Washington Post

CBD is cannabis that won’t get you high. So why are so many people using it?

For Generation Anxious, affixed to its phones and stricken by news alerts, overworked and under-rested, the mysterious substance known as CBD is quickly becoming the new “it” drug. Devotees whisper about CBD as a soothing remedy for racing thoughts and aching extremities. CBD for those restless nights. Also, somehow, CBD for those listless mornings.


Will cutting calories make you live longer?

More than a decade ago, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge began recruiting young, healthy Louisianans to voluntarily go hungry for two years in the name of the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy, or Calerie—the largest human clinical trial ever to look at the effects of calorie restriction on … Continue reading Will cutting calories make you live longer?


Science debate: Should we embrace an enhanced future?

Caffeine and smart phones might not strike most people as human enhancements, but in changing how we use our bodies and brains, they are exactly that. They improve our subjective wellbeing and facilitate our meeting day-to-day life goals. The big question being posed: do we all have the right to enhance our bodies as technology and … Continue reading Science debate: Should we embrace an enhanced future?

Big Think

Human CRISPR trials will happen in 2018. They’ll look like this.

It may not yet be the gene-editing world we may have imagined when we first learned of CRISPR-Cas9, but it looks like 2018 may be the year that future finally gets underway at last.  Finally, human trials are about to get underway in Europe and the U.S. The targets of the these trials are two genetic blood … Continue reading Human CRISPR trials will happen in 2018. They’ll look like this.

The Guardian

‘Sleep should be prescribed’: what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.


Gone with a shot? Hopeful new signs of relief for migraine sufferers

Humans have suffered from migraines for millennia. Yet, despite decades of research, there isn’t a drug on the market today that prevents them by targeting the underlying cause. All of that could change in a few months when the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce its decision about new therapies that have the … Continue reading Gone with a shot? Hopeful new signs of relief for migraine sufferers


How to become a Centaur

The old story of AI is about human brains working against silicon brains. The new story of IA will be about human brains working with silicon brains. As it turns out, most of the world is the opposite of a chess game: Non-zero-sum — both players can win.


The second coming of ultrasound

Ultrasound runs on piezoelectricity. Applying voltage to a piezoelectric crystal makes it vibrate, sending out a sound wave. When the echo that bounces back is converted into electrical signals, you get an image of, say, a fetus, or a submarine. But in the last few years, the lo-fi tech has reinvented itself in some weird … Continue reading The second coming of ultrasound

New York Times

The first step toward a personal memory maker?

Human memory is the ghost in the neural machine, a widely distributed, continually changing, multidimensional conversation among cells that can reproduce both the capital of Kentucky and the emotional catacombs of that first romance. The news last week that scientists had developed a brain implant that boosts memory — an implantable “cognitive prosthetic,” in the … Continue reading The first step toward a personal memory maker?


Loneliness, social isolation can impact longevity

The growing phenomenon of loneliness, which international experts have described as a global epidemic, may be responsible for as many deaths as obesity, according to the results of two meta-analyses presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington.

The Economist

Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

Human guts contain microbes, lots of them. Added together, the genes in these bugs’ genomes amount to perhaps 150 times the number in the human genome alone. If the bacteria in question were doing little more than swimming around digesting lettuce, this would be of small consequence. But they are doing much more than that.


Your future doctor may not be human.

A new kind of doctor has entered the exam room, but doesn’t have a name. In fact, these doctors don’t even have faces. Artificial intelligence has made its way into hospitals around the world. Those wary of a robot takeover have nothing to fear; the introduction of AI into health care is not necessarily about … Continue reading Your future doctor may not be human.

Big Think

Scientists Built a Power Generator for Use Inside the Human Body

In the average lifetime, your heart beats 2.5 billion times, moving about five and a half quarts (5.5 liters) of blood at 3-4 mph (4.8-6.4 kph). This is about the walking speed of the average person. Harnessing such energy could offer significant capabilities. These researchers have passed a milestone. This is the world’s first attempt to use … Continue reading Scientists Built a Power Generator for Use Inside the Human Body

New York Times

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds. The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in workouts, perhaps providing another nudge … Continue reading Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?


Scientists Claim They Found a Drug That “Significantly Reverses Memory Loss”

A team at Lancaster University in the U.K. has discovered that a drug designed to treat type 2 diabetes may hold the key to fighting the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. Their study has been published in Brain Research.


The world’s most nutritious foods

After analyzing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises. . The higher the score, the more likely each food would meet, but not exceed your daily nutritional needs, when eaten in combination with others.

Science Mag

Dopamine may have given humans our social edge over other apes

Humans are the ultimate social animals, with the ability to bond with mates, communicate through language, and make small talk with strangers on a packed bus. A new study suggests that the evolution of our unique social intelligence may have initially begun as a simple matter of brain chemistry.


Wearable Smart Patch Analyzes Your Sweat To Monitor Your Body

Research firm Tractica forecasts that body sensor shipments are expected to increase to 68 million in 2021 from 2.7 million units in 2015. Where to start? Sweat.

The Verge

Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI

Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink. The company is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with … Continue reading Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI


HIIT Is The Best Anti-Aging Exercise

U.S. research has found that high intensity interval training boosts the ability of mitochondria within cells – which usually declines with age – to generate energy.

The Atlantic

Eating toward immortality

Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.

The Spoon

Are Personalized Food Profiles The Next Big Thing In Food?

One of the big discussion topics at Smart Kitchen Summit this week was the need for data standardization in food. As we digitize the various stages of the food journey from farm to factory to the kitchen, many feel a lack of standardized data sets is inhibiting innovation.

Business Insider

Tom Brady uses brain exercises designed for people with brain impairments to improve his function and it blew away the scientists who created them

At age 40, Tom Brady looks for any competitive edge he can get. In his book, “The TB12 Method,” Brady outlined his extensive beliefs in pliability, flexibility, and diet to prolong his career. According to ESPN’s Tom Junod and Seth Wickersham, Brady also uses brain exercises to improve his cognitive function to stay sharp on and … Continue reading Tom Brady uses brain exercises designed for people with brain impairments to improve his function and it blew away the scientists who created them


Crispr isn’t enough anymore. Get ready for gene editing 2.0

Crispr Classic can be clunky, unreliable, and a bit dangerous. But this year, newer, flashier gene editing tools began rolling off the production line.

The Guardian

What’s the ultimate way to defy depression, disease and early death? Exercise

As a new report reveals the mental health benefits of just an hour’s physical activity a week, it seems there is nothing a workout can’t cure. Here is why we should all sit less and move more.

The University of Melbourne

Part human, part robot: The future of medical implantables

Pacemakers and cochlear implants seemed like the stuff of science fiction when they were first introduced, and the newest generation of medical implants are just as mind-boggling.

The New Yorker

The secrets of sleep

Lost sleep, a phenomenon previously neglected by medical science, is now held responsible for a growing range of ailments.

The Washington Post

If we’re going to play God with gene editing, we’ve got to ask some moral questions

We aren’t gods, but we’ll have to make the decisions anyway. We should try make them well.

Seattle Times

Don’t worry about working out: Just get up and keep moving

The Movement Movement: ‘Functional fitness’ is not exercise, but it is healthy and, these experts say, essential.

Business Insider

Microsoft wants to store data in DNA

Tech companies think biology may solve a looming data storage problem.



This video won’t transform your genome, but it might make a helpful edit to your understanding.

Vancouver Magazine

Cryonics: The Secret to Immortality?

Afraid of death? Vancouver Magazine looks into how Cryonic’s may just be the secret to living beyond the predicted 80+ years.

The New Yorker

Your Questions About “Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever,” Answered

Take a deeper dive into why Silicon Valley is obsessing over living forever.

AI Business

Apple’s AI Expert Says That AI Will Give Us Superhuman Abilities

Will superheroes ever be among us? Read why Apple’s AI expert, and creator of Siri, seems to think so.

Business Insider

A growing movement in fitness sees psychological training as a new key to hacking human performance

Learn how Red Bull’s new fitness movement is tapping into psychological training and hacking human performance.

Harper's Bazaar

Anti-aging Supplements That Really Work

The fountain of youth hasn’t quite been discovered yet, but this is pretty damn close.

The Conversation

Alphabet’s new plan to track 10,000 people could take wearables to the next level

Wearable technology has only just cracked the surface, and Google is here to take it to the next level.

Curator, Jordan Kallman

A New Chapter Approaches

“You are much stronger than you think you are. Trust me” – Superman   As we prepare to close out our first full chapter of digital talks, we are left with the most important question of all: How does one truly become Superhuman? Looking beyond the technological enhancements and quantified data, perhaps there is some … Continue reading A New Chapter Approaches

The New York Times

Yes, Your Sleep Schedule Is Making You Sick

Proof that the ‘post vacation blues’ aren’t just about leaving the sunshine and heat.


Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Could Soon Become a Reality

We’re aware cell phones we physically hold will soon be obsolete, but this article proves it will be much more than a mixed reality fused future.


Spire: A Quantified Self Device which measures breath to increase mindfulness

Becoming more mindful, and in turn extending your lifespan, could be attained by just using this tiny device.


The social age of wearable tech: From Quantified Self to emotional second skin

Learn how one company is turning Quantified Self into social connections.

The Huffington Post

Helping Others Is The Key To Longevity, Study Finds

The key to a long life could be as simple as thinking less about yourself, and more about helping others.


The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Poor eating and high sugar intake isn’t just affecting your waistline, it’s also affecting your brain.

Singularity Hub

The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed

Scared of Artificial Intelligence? It’s not about AI vs humans but creating the happy medium between both.


Getting Older Affects Your Max Heart Rate (But That’s OK!)

Proven data around why your heart during exercise is unique to you and your age, not your fitness level.

Curator, Jordan Kallman

The Neuro-Revolution Is Here

“There is nothing in the intellect that is not in the senses” – Aristotle.   The brain and heart are but two complex, very powerful organs constantly speaking to one another. Aristotle may have believed that the brain’s basis for being was to cool the heart, and although we now know this as myth, perhaps … Continue reading The Neuro-Revolution Is Here

Tech Crunch

The rise of “Generation Health”

From reactive, to preventative, a promising trend is looking to change the way we view healthcare for good.

Peter Diamandis

Stem Cell Revolution

Learn how the key to our longevity and health may actually be in our source code.

Business Insider

San Francisco biohackers are wearing implants made for diabetes in the pursuit of ‘human enhancement’

Discover how this start-up has created a Fit Bit-like product that measures and delivers your glucose levels in realtime, directly to you.

Core Spirit

Diet, exercise, and sleep are great, but one thing matters even more for your health

Diet, exercise and sleep are all relevant to health and living a long life, but researchers say this one thing could be the most important of them all.


Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies

60+ studies prove that weight loss isn’t directly related to working out, and how it’s leading us astray in our fight against obesity.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

What causes heart disease part XXIII

Avoiding the sun could be as bad for you as smoking. Discover how sunny vacations could be a key preventer of heart disease.


An Artificial Cyborg Implant Has Been Fitted on Humans for the First Time

Who needs a compass when you can physically feel true north? Discover more on the scientists and how they’ve made this directional sixth sense a reality.

Curator, Jordan Kallman

A Limitless Future Awaits

The most unique Superhuman content mix has arrived. This edition showcases the largest range of ideas we have released yet, and includes both talks and articles that have huge potential to shape our personal futures.   The feature talk comes from the most surprising speaker at the Summit, Moon Ribas. Moon is one of the world’s … Continue reading A Limitless Future Awaits

Smithsonian Magazine

This Artificial Sixth Sense Helps Humans Orient Themselves in the World

Discover how the first artificial sense is marking a major milestone in our trajectory as humans.


The merging of humans and machines is happening now

Perhaps there is an alternative to our current technology fuelled world. Read more on how Superhuman ability may already be within.

Yoga Journal

Unplug from Technology, Boost Health

Perhaps there is an alternative to our current technology fuelled world. Read more on how Superhuman ability may already be within.

Outside Magazine

What Is Heart Rate Variability and How Can It Make Me a Better Athlete?

Become a Superhuman athlete by better understanding your HRV and how, when measured correctly, can enhance your performance.


Becoming Immortal: The Future of Brain Augmentation and Uploaded Consciousness

Imagine an immortal life where memories and brain functions could be uploaded and stored with a single click.


Sugar, explained

Discover how 80% of all food could contain the world’s most powerful drug, and how we’re battling it.

Farnam Street

How To Think

Becoming Superhuman isn’t just limited to enhancing your body, but enhancing your mind as well.

Curator, Jordan Kallman

Expanding Perception

You are just one month into a brand new year. How do you feel? Around here, we’re on a high from some new knowledge around nutrition and health benefits we shared with you last month.   Beyond this insightful content, we continue to actively search within the world of human enhancement to bring you the … Continue reading Expanding Perception

Curator, Jordan Kallman

A New Beginning

A brand new year is upon us. Are you feeling inspired to enhance your health and longevity? In the spirit of goal-setting for our next journey around the sun, we’ve put together curated content that will provide benchmarking, behaviour-changing and thought-provoking information to better your own health, well beyond this year.   The fresh start also brings … Continue reading A New Beginning

Fast Company

The “Internet of Food,” DNA Testing, And The Quest For The Perfect Diet

The quest for the perfect diet is just one swab away.


Could we soon ‘upgrade’ our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

Learn how MIT is trying to eliminate human disabilities and push beyond the limits of our own bodies.

The Atlantic Magazine

How to Sleep

What we do when we’re asleep matters just as much as what we do when we’re awake.

The New York Times

Savings, Longevity and the Year in Fitness

The New York Times suggests that fitness is not only making you lighter, but is also making your wallet heavier.

Time Magazine

The CRISPR Pioneers

2016 was a year of change. Political and historic took the forefront, but it wasn’t all sour. Read the article about the pioneers who are in the process of changing the world for the better.


Bionic Humans: This Sleek Power Suit Helps Restore Mobility

Assisted, natural movement – Words you likely thought would never live in the same sentence are becoming a reality for this start up.


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