From Gene Editing to AI – How Will Technology Transform Humanity? – The New York Times Magazine, November 18, 2018
The most fundamental questions…Will we engineer our children and ourselves? Will AI transform medicine? Will we know too much? Will we live longer and happier?…are addressed from a rich variety of perspectives.
How Cities Can Fix Tourism Hell – TechCrunch, November 17, 2018
Cities are overwhelmed with travelers. Data and tech may prove to be the fix.
Holiday Detoxes Promise to Cleanse Our Bodies of Toxins—But this Wellness Trend Sells More Snake Oil than Science – NBC News, November 25, 2018
This opinion piece by Timothy Caulfield, Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, argues that there’s no solid science to support the idea that we need to detox our bodies in the way that the purveyors of detoxification suggest—or that special teas, diets, magnets or exercises help this process in any clinically meaningful manner.
Deepak Chopra’s Path to Enlightenment Runs Through an App – The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2018
The global wellness guru believes that technology, such as his new meditation program for Alexa, can expedite the journey to health and self-awareness.
Breathing Through the Nose May Offer Unique Brain Benefits – The New York Times, November 20, 2018
A new study in The Journal of Neuroscience considered the relationship between memory and how we breathe. In the clinical experiment, mouth breathing resulted in fuzzier recall and more incorrect answers. One of the lead researchers noted that “Given the fact that breathing has been used to change mental states for thousands of years, we still know next to nothing about respiration and brain function in humans.”
A Striking Stat:
Global funding for the Femtech market—technology products and services that solve for women’s health needs—will reach $400 million by the end of 2018, up 400 percent since 2013.
Source: Pitchbook report, 11/2018