Date archives "October 2015"

Questioning REM and Other Thoughts on Sleep

“Awesome, another 87%.” I was way too excited to share my ‘sleep score’ with my girlfriend Natalie, who rolled her eyes and probably thought about how long I’d be raving about this new gadget. The app I was talking about was Sense, one of a myriad of new technology trackers that use accelerometers to track how well we slept the night before. Whether in the new Fitbit or in Kickstarter projects like Sense, there is a clear trend to get more efficient at sleeping by analyzing the data that today costs a fraction of what it did just 5 years… Continue reading

Why we can’t predict our failures (and how to solve it)

In mid-2001, Dean Kamen sat at his desk, excitedly thumbing through papers. After about a decade of tinkering, he was about to revolutionize one of the biggest problems of modern society: transportation. He promised his doubters over the years that his invention would change the world and that by the year 2002, humans would have a completely different view of the word transportation. With his revolution figured out, he just had to figure out logistics. Kamen had money already figured out, he built a nice fortune from inventing the drug infusion pump used in dialysis. He leased a 77,000-square-foot factory… Continue reading

Creating a memory champion: How to boost your thought recall

The competition takes place in a dimly lit lecture hall. To the average eye, it just looks like quiet students are sitting at their desks wearing headphones. And then you realize that those headphones are actually construction-grade ear protection, and these students are actually memory champions. The world memory championship has grown each year since it was founded in 1991. The current record? A german man named Johannes Mallow correctly recalled 501 digits in the correct order after taking only 5 minutes to memorize them (he beat the previous world record by just one digit). Sound impressive? Keep in mind… Continue reading