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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
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
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
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 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
Many people who come to the U.S. for a better life end up with worse health. Many different studies have now shown that the longer certain groups live in the U.S., the worse some of their health outcomes get, especially when it comes to obesity. One study found that after one year in America, just 8 percent of … Continue reading Just months of american life change the microbiome
Julia Cheek is the CEO and founder of EverlyWell, an at-home lab testing service. Their mission is to provide affordable and easy access to lab tests. They work with certified labs and a network of virtual physicians to provide a home-kit testing experience. Women’s health is a core component of EverlyWell’s offering since its inception. They … Continue reading Lab-testing startup Everywell aims to empower women’s fertility decisions
As part of his experiments, Professor Warwick also created an additional sense within his brain – ultrasonic. This bat-like ability allowed him to sense small movements at a few metres distance. Due to the success of his research, Professor Warwick believes extra sensory abilities will become commonplace within the next 100 years. “I was looking … Continue reading Becoming cyborgs: exploring the future of the human body
Horvath’s clock proved a very clear relationship between this methylation?—?both gained and lost?—?and the chronological age of humans, or as Horvath puts it, “the number on your passport.” He also believes it bears some relationship to biological age, the very definition of which is so hotly debated among biologists that Horvath compares its vagueness to … Continue reading Is Horvath’s Clock the Smoking Gun of Biological Aging?
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?
Comparing disparate traditional societies with industrialized peoples indicates that the loss of gut microbial diversity is associated with industrialization, not with particular diets, ethnicity, or geography. Loss of microbiota diversity opens up niches for opportunistic invaders, which often do not have the same coevolved constraints. Most urgently, we need to preserve the diversity of ancestral microbes from … Continue reading Preserving microbial diversity
Senescent cells were first described in the late 1950s but remained largely a curiosity until 2008 when their dark nature was revealed by Judith Campisi and others. She found that the cells secrete a cocktail of foul factors, which poison the surrounding tissue. Niedernhofer likens them to that bad strawberry in the punnet, rotting everything … Continue reading Want to live forever? Flush out your zombie cells
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?
[Leanne] Redman noticed that for those on the [calorie] restricted diet, their metabolism slowed and became more efficient. “Basically it just means that cells are needing less oxygen in order to generate the energy the body needs to survive; and so the body and the cells are becoming more energy efficient.” And if less oxygen is … Continue reading You may live longer by severely restricting calories, scientists say
Crispr is making biology more programmable than ever before. And the biotech execs staking their claims in Crispr’s backend systems have read their Silicon Valley history. They’re betting biology will be the next great computing platform, DNA will be the code that runs it, and Crispr will be the programming language.
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.
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
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.
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
Dr Fay Bound Alberti
BBC News reported today that gut flora – the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system – may ‘boost’ cancer therapy. Scientists in France and the USA tested the microbiome in cancer patients, finding evidence that a diverse biome, composed of a wide range of ‘good’ bacteria, contributed to the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs.
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
Companies today are strategizing about future investments and technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, or growth around new business models. While many of these trends will make for solid investments for the next 5-10 years, fewer companies are considering the revolutionary convergence of disparate trends pulled from technology, behavioural and societal changes, … Continue reading Transhumanism And The Future Of Humanity: 7 Ways The World Will Change By 2030
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.
The Movement Movement: ‘Functional fitness’ is not exercise, but it is healthy and, these experts say, essential.
The Washington Post
We aren’t gods, but we’ll have to make the decisions anyway. We should try make them well.
The New Yorker
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.
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.
The Huffington Post
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.
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.
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.
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.