Is AmyK Hutchinson there? I used to know her.
The Wooly Mammoths thing is so interesting because I heard it's mentioned in this as well:
The session from the Milken Institute Global Conference that WYWW
readers requested the most was "Things That Will Blow Your Mind." Well,
ask and ye shall receive.
Dive on into the video. These were some of the "wow" moments for me:
Jessica Green, Co-founder and CEO of Phylagen, explaining how just like humans have their own unique DNA and fingerprints, places like buildings, forests and farms also have their own distinct microbial fingerprint. Microbial maps created by Phylagen are already seeing
real-world use by DARPA for things like authenticating shipping manifestos. Every port has its own microbial fingerprint, so Phylagen can tell if a ship has really been where the manifesto says it has been.Green also explained how Phylagen researchers might have stumbled onto the discovery that human beings have their own "microbial cloud."Doctors are using virtual reality tools offered by Surgical Theater to practice procedures before they begin an operation. At the 7:38 mark in the video, details are shared of how the tool helped saved the life of baby boy. It is worth your time.And finally, perhaps the boldest prediction came from Ginkgo Bioworks co-founder and CEO Jason Kelly. His firm writes and programs DNA and he predicted woolly mammoths would walk the Earth again during our lifetimes.
The biggest impression I have so far is how many disciplines are here learning from each other. Also, diseases of the brain are more expensive to the health care system than even heart disease.
Drugs cost $1 billion to get to market and have an effectiveness rate of 7-9%.
The next impression is how little is understood about autism, Parkinson’s, and schizophrenia. The most seems to be known of Alzheimer’s but still not much.
A professor of Psychiatry from Stanford is speaking now, Karen Parker, who just said “if you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” And yet she said there are bio markers that predict autism pretty well.
She showed this chart about the rise of autism:
I take issue with the slide description of autism as a burdensome disease. Autism is a spectrum. And while the deficits can be significant and debilitating for some, it has allowed others to help create a world that we wouldn’t otherwise live in.
A talk by Judson Brewer about control of addictive behaviors really caught my attention. His TED talk has gotten 13 million views so far, but I had missed it. So I sat at his table at lunch and got to ask questions.
The gist is self discipline is exhausting and has a low success rate. We have much higher success rates using curiosity. If you can engender curiosity about diet, smoking, drugs, sugar, your Twitter feed, etc., then you can change the quit rate for smoking from 9% to 36%, for example. Still low, but higher.
This grabbed me because I don’t feel I’m the most disciplined person, but I am super curious. I want to know everything about diet, for example, and once I know, there are foods I don’t need to discipline myself to avoid.
Here’s his TED talk, not as good as the talk he gave today and the amazing lunch Q&A.
There was a fascinating panel between Joi (pronounced Joey) Ito, Director of MIT's Media Lab, and Reid Hoffman, famous Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur/author/investor. Here are some of the pearls that fell from their lips. These are not necessarily responses to each other.
Joi: The problem with ads is they are trying to get you to give in to your wants when you are most vulnerable. Don't you want a drink this evening? The problem is, if you are alcoholic, you want it, but you don't want to want it. The mission of the ad is to get the alcoholic to cave.
Reid: Companies are not going to build privacy safeguards until consumers care about it. Consumers love free and they are lazy.
Joi: 50% of all philanthropy goes to religion.
Joi (speaking to Reid): We create the standards upon which you build the monopolies (Reid wrote the book Blitzscaling that argues you should build a monopoly). Loud audience laughter.
Reid: You should strive to build companies that make the front page of The New York Times, and you'd feel good about what they write.
Reid: In order for a consumer business to succeed, it has to address one of the 7 deadly sins.
Reid: We're trying to cope with negative impacts of the Trumpacolypse.
Joi: Much of the research we're doing here is a result of the Obama brain initiative.
Joi: 50 years ago there were students clashing with police outside this building at MIT. The hippie movement then had an element of disengaging from society. The students now are all about tuning in, turning on and taking over (cheers from audience).
Reid: I am a student of systems at scale. Systems at scale are all about incentives.
Reid: All conferences have to be limited in scale or they become a free for all.
Joi: The elites tend to be from either engineering or finance. How do we give voice to the non elites?
Joi: The threat of pitchforks helps reformers.
Reid: Many people believe that if you make education better and more available, bad actors will fade away. I don't fully believe that. You have to come to terms with how many murderers use your products.
Joi: Mindfulness is good, but it's being packaged as aids to efficiency.
Esther Dyson (from the audience): The biggest problem is short termism.
Joi: You should ask what kind of ancestor you want to be. It's a shame we always think in terms of the impact we can have in our lifetimes.
I admire your wonderful support of persons on the spectrum and the interview with Mikhaela Ackerman and her mom here on Cake. ❤️