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Inherent within us is a spirit that allows us to overcome limitations, one that can push beyond existing human range and puts us in position to rapidly transform ourselves. Find it here. #EnhanceYourself
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Dr Diane Blackburn
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.
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
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.
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 Robert Fraser
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.
The New Yorker
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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,” 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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Classic can be clunky, unreliable, and a bit dangerous. But this year, newer, flashier gene editing tools began rolling off the production line.
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
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.
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We aren’t gods, but we’ll have to make the decisions anyway. We should try make them well.
The Movement Movement: ‘Functional fitness’ is not exercise, but it is healthy and, these experts say, essential.
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Take a deeper dive into why Silicon Valley is obsessing over living forever.
Will superheroes ever be among us? Read why Apple’s AI expert, and creator of Siri, seems to think so.
Learn how Red Bull’s new fitness movement is tapping into psychological training and hacking human performance.
Wearable technology has only just cracked the surface, and Google is here to take it to the next level.
Curator, Jordan Kallman
“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
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.
Becoming more mindful, and in turn extending your lifespan, could be attained by just using this tiny device.
Learn how one company is turning Quantified Self into social connections.
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The key to a long life could be as simple as thinking less about yourself, and more about helping others.
Poor eating and high sugar intake isn’t just affecting your waistline, it’s also affecting your brain.
Scared of Artificial Intelligence? It’s not about AI vs humans but creating the happy medium between both.
Proven data around why your heart during exercise is unique to you and your age, not your fitness level.
Curator, Jordan Kallman
“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
Discover how this start-up has created a Fit Bit-like product that measures and delivers your glucose levels in realtime, directly to you.
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.
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.
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
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
Discover how the first artificial sense is marking a major milestone in our trajectory as humans.
Perhaps there is an alternative to our current technology fuelled world. Read more on how Superhuman ability may already be within.
Become a Superhuman athlete by better understanding your HRV and how, when measured correctly, can enhance your performance.
Imagine an immortal life where memories and brain functions could be uploaded and stored with a single click.
Curator, Jordan Kallman
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 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
The quest for the perfect diet is just one swab away.
Learn how MIT is trying to eliminate human disabilities and push beyond the limits of our own bodies.
Assisted, natural movement – Words you likely thought would never live in the same sentence are becoming a reality for this start up.