I write every so often about future literacy, human improvement, deep tech investing and other related things.
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A month ago I finished reading Why We Sleep. Not only did I become convinced that getting high-quality sleep is the best protector and enhancer of health and cognition, but it is also the most underappreciated. I’m shocked that sleep hygiene is not a global priority, and even more irate that my three children are expected … Continued
What’s the most advanced technology in this picture? It’s the $4 houseplant – a biodegradable, carbon-capturing, self-replicating, solar-powered work of art.* That a common shrub is more advanced than the latest MacBook Pro is overlooked by almost everyone. Most fail to see it for a simple reason: the technological marvels of a plant can’t be … Continued
Hello, Given the UN Climate Report released a few weeks ago, by the time my eight-year-old daughter graduates from high school, we’ll be invery big trouble. Yikes. After reading the report, I thought through a list of my instinctive yet unproductive reactions: Attempt to persuade someone who does not believe the risks are real Rely … Continued
Hello, When future generations look back on our current behavior, what will they say? “Can you believe people used to…?!?!” * For example, can you believe that people used to…drive cars themselves, communicate by tapping fingers, use wires to transmit energy, eat meat that was farmed rather than grown, or be unaided in their thinking? … Continued
Hello, I’m consumed with inquiring about what our cognitive existence could be like in 20, 50, and 100 years. My take on where we’re heading: an evolutionary transition on a scale like the planet experienced from early hominids 2 million years ago to us today. Just like that last leap, this next evolutionary chapter will … Continued
Hello, My two teen boys just finished another summer internship at Kernel. While they learned new ways to physically interface with the brain, I learned new ways to verbally interface with teenagers. I took some notes to pass along: “lit” = cool/chill “extra” = overly dramatic/overbearing, or more than what is typical “basic” = boring … Continued
Hello, “So…you’re doing moonshots at OS Fund? Awesome!” was a common response to last week’s announcement of OS Fund II. I appreciate the aspirational high fives, but actually, it’s not what we’re doing. Many people hear “science investments” and immediately think of “moonshot” hype and failure stories, i.e. fantastic possibility, decade-plus time scales, excessive risk, … Continued
Hello, What do you wish you could do—but can’t—because it requires the permission of others…a boss, an investor, or society? In 2013, fresh after selling my company Braintree, I finally had enough resources to pursue nearly any endeavor, no permission needed. One problem I saw was that not enough money was being invested in deep … Continued
Hello, Steve Jobs once famously said to Pepsi CEO John Sculley, in an attempt to lure him to Apple: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Or, as he later put it, “We’re here to put a … Continued
Hello, I recently finished Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife. He chronicles how hard it was for humanity to come up with and hold onto the concept of zero. No zero, no math. No zero, no engineering. No zero, no modern world as we know it.. Since reading this book, I … Continued