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Editor's Note
Hello from London. 

I've recently been down a podcast rabbit hole and discovered Ben Greenfield. He's famous for the general fitness bracket, but I have found his biohacking discussion and experiment extremely interesting, everything from optimum sleep using red light therapy, curing autoimmune conditions to using colostrum and melatonin for Covid. This is definitely stuff that is on the cusp, but some of it is wholly accessible right now if you want to experiment. 400+ episodes covering all manner of subjects. If you have a condition, I'm sure he has covered it in an alternative way.

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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Must Reads
 
1. Reproducing Robots - "The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce -- and in a way not seen in plants and animals. Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which it takes its name, xenobots are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal. Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science." And if that is not scary enough, I'd welcome you to watch this video showing very human facial expressions. Put this together with Boston Dynamics type dancing, Sophia talking and some AI-like brain capacity and hey presto, that's the end of humans. I jest, because these are not all compatible with each other. But, if they were..... World's first living robots can now reproduce, scientists say (CNN) NEW VIDEO SHOWS ROBOT WITH TERRIFYINGLY REALISTIC FACIAL EXPRESSIONS (Futurism)

2. Where are we with driverless cars? - "The promise of driverless technology has long been enticing. It has the potential to transform our experience of commuting and long journeys, take people out of high-risk working environments and streamline our industries. It's key to helping us build the cities of the future, where our reliance and relationship with cars are redefined – lowering carbon emissions and paving the way for more sustainable ways of living. And it could make our travel safer. The biggest hurdle for those in the driverless technology industry is how to get the cars to operate safely and effectively in complex and unpredictable human environments. Cracking this part of the puzzle will be the major focus of the next two years." How driverless cars will change our world (BBC) 
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