The Psychedelic Revolution Is Coming. Psychiatry May Never Be the Same. https://nyti.ms/3twfIVl
“There’s been a sea change in attitudes about what not long ago was considered fringe science, given the mental health crisis in this country, there’s great curiosity and hope about psychedelics and a recognition that we need new therapeutic tools.”Michael Pollan
This kinda creepy sounding — but really cool — new technology was created at the University of Tokyo. It’s called e-skin, and it’s made of polyvinyl alcohol combined with a layer of gold. Yes, gold. This combination of materials makes e-skin into a flexible, wearable sensor that can track your vitals and other important health information, CNN reported. Before you get too excited, e-skin hasn’t gone through clinical trials yet, but the developers have been testing it on volunteers and started talking to manufacturers about how to make e-skin available to the public. Read more (Mic)
The company claims that the EmotiBit will open the door for researchers, makers, artists, students, teachers, athletes, virtual reality developers, and health enthusiasts to develop new products based on sensing signals from the body. For example, Future Labs suggests EmotiBit could be paired with an LED matrix to display the wearer’s heartbeats on their sleeve, or combined with an audio generator to sonify emotional reactions. Read more (Springwise)
Is there a difference if the tool is in our hand or if it is an implant in our brain?
Why it matters: The fortunes of companies like Peloton and Planet Fitness hang in the balance of which way habits will go as more people prepare for a return to the new normal. Read more (Axios)
During the coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine looks like the future of health care. Is it a future that we want? Read more (New Yorker)