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Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans — Issue #161

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Facebook depression

Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new

“The limited use group showed significant reductions in loneliness and depression over three weeks compared to the control group. Both groups showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out over baseline, suggesting a benefit of increased self-monitoring.

Our findings strongly suggest that limiting social media use to approximately 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being.”

Link to full study

Healthy Human


If you want to lose weight, skip

“Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days. While at rest, we burn 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m. Morning time once again shown not to be the best time to eat.”

However, for me personally, I still think breakfast is super important because when I get overly hungry, I eat too much later on.

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How a key protein boosts memory, learning in the adult
New research reveals that a protein that helps make connections between neurons in the developing infant brain also strengthens them in the adult brain.

Human Builders

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Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal
The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?

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Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’
Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most turbulent period in its history.

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I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here’s what I
Data brokers buy your personal data from companies you do business with; collect data such as web browsing histories from a range of sources; combine it with other information about you (such as magazine subscriptions, public government records, or purchasing histories); and sell their insights to anyone that wants to know more about you. Even though these companies are on the whole non-consumer facing and hardly household names, the size of their data operations is astounding. Acxiom’s Annual report of 2017, for instance, states that they offer data “on approximately 700 million consumers worldwide, and our data products contain over 5,000 data elements from hundreds of sources.”

Future Humans

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How to Engineer

We’ve seen incredible advances in the world of biology and tech the last few years, from AI diagnosing cancer more accurately than humans do, to editing genes with CRISPR. So is it still true that the idea of bringing an engineering mindset to bio is another case of starry-eyed technologist solutionism?

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Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer’s years before
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology improves the ability of brain imaging to predict Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.

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The Spatial
Over the next 2 to 5 years, the world around us is about to light up with layer upon layer of rich and dynamic data that you can see and interact with. This magical future ahead is called the Spatial Web and will transform every aspect of our lives, from retail and advertising, to work and education, to entertainment and social interaction.

One More Thing


Winning Trick at World Championships of Magic Might Fry Your Brain Like an
Watching a six-minute YouTube video is a lot to ask when the internet serves up bite-size snippets of entertainment requiring just a few seconds of your attention. But close-up magician Eric Chien manages to squeeze so many impossible tricks into his World Championships of Magic-winning routine, you actually might wish it went on for a lot longer.



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Grant Gochnauer

Grant Gochnauer

Dad, Co-Founder & CTO at @Vodori, @EqualityIll Board, Engineer, Builder, Geek, LGBT, Philanthropy, Agile & Lean, ESTJ. Relentlessly Curious. #crypto rabbit hole