What Tom’s Reading: MIT AgeLab, Project Baseline, and Who We Are And How We Got Here

MIT AgeLab

I visit the MIT AgeLab website a few times a week to read about and better understand the challenges and opportunities of human longevity and generational lifestyles to boost innovation across business markets.

The MIT AgeLab is a research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. AgeLab was created to invent new ideas and translate technologies into solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan. The AgeLab addresses innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, and policies are implemented — all areas that are important to our quality of life as we age.

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MIT AgeLab

The Massive Project That’s Building a ‘Google Earth for Human Health’

From SingularityHub

Recently a mysterious company announced a collaboration with Duke and Stanford universities called Project Baseline, with a goal of stopping cancer—and other killers—before they ever occur. Taking advantage of Google’s immense computing power and machine learning prowess, the project hopes to develop ways of organizing data, along with participants’ medical records, into a platform like Google Earth.

Unlike other medical studies, the focus of Project Baseline is on healthy people, by tracking them in detail before they get sick, to sketch out how medication, adverse life events, or age impact health.

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project baseline

Don’t Fear the Russian Military

From The Atlantic

“There’s a difference between showing off your hardware and testing your new tactics, and actually going to war. We shouldn’t assume that Russia actually wants to fight some major conflict.”

“The bottom line is that Russia lacks the cash and the transport capability to move [this many] troops without causing disruption. But Russia is happy to see the world swallow that 300,000 figure, because, like an animal puffing out its fur and baring its teeth when faced with a predator, it wants to look as formidable as possible.”

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Russian Military

Who we are and how we got here David Reich

Who We Are And How We Got Here

David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading researchers in the field of ancient DNA. His team’s work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide.

In his new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes. Amazon

Tom Connelly is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Versant Capital Management, Inc. His background is not only financial – he has considerable interests other than just making money. His broad curiosity informs and inspires Tom to create an expansive context to investment numbers, which leads to deeper and more strategic conversations with clients.

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