Using VR therapy as an analgesic for acute and chronic pain could be the solution to the rising opioid addictions.

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Chronic pain is one of the major reasons people seek medical counsel.

Yet, the available therapies are either ineffective for certain categories of pain or cause unbearable adverse effects.

Virtual reality is emerging as a new, effective therapy to manage both acute and chronic pain naturally.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation that allows the user to interact with an artificial 3D environment using electronic devices.

VR users are immersed in a 360° experience of the simulated environment. VR is popular with entertainment and gaming.

As science continues to advance, decades of research have sought to establish the efficacy of…

Stop making to-do lists — they’re setting you up for failure.

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Elon Musk is undoubtedly one of the busiest people in the world.

Between running Space X, Tesla, Neuralink, Hyperloop, and The Boring Company, he still has to find time for his four children, hobbies, and fitness.

Musk’s schedule translates to over 90 hours per week. That’s more than double the number of hours an average person works.

Considering how easy it is to experience burnout after a long working period, it’s difficult to imagine how Elon Musk achieves this overwhelming feat.

So, what’s his secret?

In several interviews, he has credited his almost superhuman efficiency to a little known technique…

Spoiler: We are still a ‘Type Zero' civilization

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Ever since we first appeared on earth, humanity has been problem-solving, inventing, and developing its technology.

We’ve managed to leverage our understanding of science to build relatively advanced civilizations and rise above other species.

We’ve come from living in caves to being able to land on the moon. We’ve had to re-imagine our environment and remodel it to suit our interests.

More importantly, we’ve vowed to relentlessly pursue our undying quest for knowledge through every means possible.

But, is there a final destination for us?

Could we reach a point where we have discovered everything and there’s nothing more to…

The market will keep rewarding innovative blockchain technology projects that challenge the status quo.

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The blockchain economy has registered tremendous growth in the past few years. 2020 saw the market cap of all cryptocurrencies surpass the 1.5 trillion dollar mark.

New projects continue to emerge making the industry not only lucrative but also promising. For instance, the decentralized finance(DeFi) movement emerged into the mainstream eye in 2020 but has already grown to almost $50 billion in market cap within the shortest time.

This proves that the market will reward disruptive, innovative, and functional blockchain technology projects in the foreseeable future. …

Leveraging the capacity of low-power microcontrollers for ML opens up a new window of incredible opportunities

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Machine learning is the wheel responsible for driving much of the 21st Century’s biggest innovations.

Without realizing it, every day we interact with machine learning models that ease our life by taking many tasks out of our hands. Simple actions like getting the correct social media feeds, weather predictions, directions, etc, all depend on established machine learning tools.

Additionally, the race towards the Internet of Things(IoT) will require more sophisticated ML models to achieve seamless integration of tech.

One major setback that ML faces is that it’s computationally expensive to run the inferences on existing models. More often than not…

Futurists indicate that we will accomplish the elusive feat of immortality by 2050 through various ongoing longevity interventions.

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The love of life and the fear of death — the two primary motivations that fuel humanity’s quest for immortality.

Since time immemorial, countless generations have sought to understand the secret to long life and by extension, immortality.

Ancient alchemists were obsessed with finding the elixir of life. Spanish explorer Ponce de Leòn set out to Florida in the 16th century to discover the “Fountain of Youth.”

Fast forward to today, massive advancements in science and technology have enabled scientists to understand life to its core; the cellular, and genetic levels.

Consequently, life expectancy has progressed steadily indicating that scientific…

Is it possible to transmit data faster than the speed of light?

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There is an endless need to meet the ever-growing demand for faster, stronger, more reliable internet connections to support both existing and emerging technologies.

As a result, every new generation of wireless networks offers more functionalities than its predecessors. 1G gave rise to the first cell phones, 2G let us text for the first time, 3G brought us online and 4G delivered the speeds we enjoy today.

Currently, we are headed for the 5th generation network. Here is where things start to get exciting. 5G is expected to boost the capabilities of 4G further.

Most countries are just beginning the…

What can synesthesia, the bizarre overlapping of sensations, tell us about our future evolution?

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Theory: We are all born synesthetes.

Imagine living in a world where the letters of the alphabet have specific colors, the sound of music is visible, certain words have a particular taste, or colors are audible.

This is the weird world a certain group of people called synesthetes live in. Synesthetes account for about 4% of the world’s population therefore it’s fairly rare to encounter one.

The fact that synesthetes can experience the world from a different perspective grants them a significant advantage; that of enhanced creativity and other forms of intelligence, though this is not definite.

What(exactly) is synesthesia?

Synesthesia is a…

Understanding language and information processing is key to having an impact on the reader

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Whenever we talk about writing, the conversation almost always revolves around language and grammar. These tools serve to express the beauty in the work of art that is writing.

Everyone loves art. Readers constantly drool over any piece of well-written content, and the authors are heavily applauded. However, a considerable disconnect exists between the appreciation most writing gets, and whether or not it serves its intended purpose.

Writing is meant to convey some information. It wouldn’t be of great benefit to readers if they were to go through a piece and fail to get the message, no matter how good…

Maybe it’s time to start establishing regulations to control the rapid evolution of AI.

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On March 15, 2016, world Go champion Lee Sedol walked out of The Four Seasons Hotel arena in Seoul, South Korea, a distraught man. For 18 years, Lee had defended his title against countless opponents from all over the world to earn the rank of “grandmaster.”

This time around, he wasn’t lucky. In the final game of their historic match, AlphaGo, an AI program developed by Google’s subsidiary DeepMind, defeated Grandmaster Lee Sedol.

This unexpected win marked a significant moment for artificial intelligence. Over the last twenty-five years, machines have beaten the best humans at checkers, chess, Orthello, etc. …

Leon Okwatch

Medical Student. Polymath. Original thinker. Lifetime learner. Here to nerd out with other knowledge enthusiasts.

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