Awesome Human

The “beautiful mess” effect: other people view our vulnerability more positively than we do —

“That’s because there is an intriguing mismatch in the way we take a more negative view of our own vulnerability than we do of other people’s — the researchers call this “the beautiful mess effect”…. that “we love seeing raw truth and openness in other people, but we are afraid to let them see it in us … Vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me.”

How to Make Friends, According to Science —

“However vast our networks may be, our inner circle tends to be much smaller. The average American trusts only 10 to 20 people. Moreover, that number may be shrinking: From 1985 to 2004, the average number of confidants that people reported having decreased from three to two. This is both sad and consequential, because people who have strong social relationships tend to live longer than those who don’t.”

The Equation That Will Make You Better at Everything —

Rarely is a fitness tip equally applicable to your relationships, career, and more. Stress + Rest = Growth. It’s as simple and as hard as that.

  • Pick an area of your life.
  • Reflect on where you currently are and where you want to be.
  • Think about whether you ought to be in a state of stress — taking on just-manageable challenges — or in a state of rest, recovery, and reflection.
  • Align your behavior accordingly.
  • Check in every few weeks, just like you would for any other training program, and evaluate your progress.

Healthy Human

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 Food That Helps Battle Depression — 
 The right kind of diet may give the brain more of what it needs to avoid depression, or even to treat it once it’s begun.

D.A. Wallach: music, medicine, longevity, and disruptive technologies (EP.06) — Peter Attia —

Amazingly diverse podcast with such an amazingly insightful person: D.A Wallach: “Recording artist, songwriter, essayist, investor, and so much more: D.A. Wallach is a true polymath. In this episode, among the highlights, D.A. provides compelling and colorful insight into how the music industry works today vs the past, liquid biopsies, how to approach healthspan, and how we can reach a “singularity” in medicine.”

24 Ways To Hack Your Biological Age From Ancient Wisdom & Modern Science —

Ben Greenfield might be considered crazy — he is a true biohacker trying to figure out how to live the longest/healthiest. In this 50 minute video, he walks through his top strategies — some of which are well a bit out there!!

Want to stay young and live longer? Ben Greenfield at A-Fest Sardinia 2018 shares his tips with you for longevity and how to biohack your body.

Dads Pass On More Than Genetics in Their Sperm

Fascinating! Seminal research reveals that sperm change their cargo as they travel the reproductive tract — and the differences can have consequences for fertility

Human Builders

The Simple Tool That Revives Employee Motivation — 
 At Pinterest and LinkedIn, product leader Jack Chou learned firsthand how vital it is to zero in continuously on what keeps people motivated as a company scales. Now Head of Product at Affirm, here are the four components of workplace motivation that he leans on from the start.


Nonmonetary Incentives and the Implications of Work as a Source of Meaning —

Academic research paper on how and why brining meaning and purpose to the workplace is a critical nonmonetary incentive when hiring and retaining talent.

Running an Effective Staff Meeting —

“Meetings do take work and meetings are actually an a really important team building tool yet they are never treated as such and therefore they become in fact complete energy sucks “ — Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe, on Running an Effective Staff Meeting at our KV Summit.

Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency —

Fascinating and in depth expose on Brock Pierce who went from child actor to Bitcoin billionaire — now he wants to turn Puerto Rico into a Burning Man utopia.

Future Humans

4 Billion New Minds Online: The Coming Era of Connectivity —

As the population of online users doubles, we’re about to witness perhaps the most historic acceleration of technological innovation known to man… In the next 6 years, 4 billion “new minds” are about to be connected to the world wide web, at gigabit connection speeds, at near zero-cost.

AI can predict your personality simply by scanning your eyes — 
 Scientists used machine learning to discover a connection between people’s personalities and their eye movements. Of course humans are predictable.

Artificial intelligence has learned to probe the minds of other computers —

“Now, computer scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that can probe the “minds” of other computers and predict their actions, the first step to fluid collaboration among machines — and between machines and people.

“Theory of mind is clearly a crucial ability,” for navigating a world full of other minds says Alison Gopnik”

‘Mirror’ analyzes your personality to show dangers of A.I. — 
 A project called the “Biometric Mirror” shows users the amazing power of artificial intelligence, but also the dangers of algorithms that use biased data.

One More Thing

Evolving Floor Plans —

This is pretty cool:

Evolving Floor Plans is an experimental research project exploring speculative, optimized floor plan layouts. The rooms and expected flow of people are given to a genetic algorithm which attempts to optimize the layout to minimize walking time, the use of hallways, etc. The creative goal is to approach floor plan design solely from the perspective of optimization and without regard for convention, constructability, etc.



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