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You've probably heard of biohacking already. The term tends to be associated with microchip implants, scary DNA injections and sci-fi vibrations, and sometimes for good reasons. Elon Musk, for example, has expressed interest in linking human brains to smartphones using his startup, Neuralink. He thinks that since computers will become smarter than all of us, we may as well be hyper connected to them through our brain (or something like that).
But these stories are becoming more and more common. There is even a whole movement that aims to turn human beings into cyborgs so that they can live forever. For many technology entrepreneurs, these forms of biohacking may seem a little distant; Too futuristic, not practical enough to guarantee financial success and even a little scary. However, biohacking does not have to be so grandiose. The heart of the movement is to use biology to find solutions to improve the functioning and health of humans. Even meditation and exercise can be forms of biohacking. The remedies for sleep and cold treatments are among the well established and traditional bioacques.
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As an entrepreneur, solving the problem of death may not be easy, but an immediate solution to the problem of stomach viruses or helping children regulate their water intake may well be to be. Just ask startup Gululu, who uses technology and gamification to reward kids for tracking their water use.
The key potential of this niche is prevention. Large pharmaceutical companies tend to devote a lot of resources to fighting the disease, but there is a shortage of effective products marketed for healthy people looking to improve their daily performance. Biohacking could be the solution, and it offers technology entrepreneurs an opportunity to fill the gap left by large pharmaceutical companies.
Take the hangover problem. A large number of generally healthy people consume alcohol regularly, whether it is a cocktail at the time of the drink or the evening. a glass of wine at dinner. But after a certain age, even moderate consumption of alcohol has a cost. Biohackers are already working to eliminate this cost. CUUR, pioneered by biotechnology start-up Vital Technologies, targets symptoms caused by limited to moderate alcohol consumption. The user consumes an aspirin-based solution one hour before his last drink. The active ingredients contained in it, including adaptogens and nootropes, target the causes of symptoms, such as headaches and dry mouth, which usually follow alcohol consumption.
"The general public is inherently wrong in believing that bio-sticking is synonymous with costly biochips combining pharmaceuticals and rare plants to improve performance," says Amir Barzilay, founder and CEO of VitalTechnologies.
Biohacking can also take the form of coffee. Created by biohacker Dave Asprey, the foolproof coffee's ability to burn fat and increase energy in the morning has gained popularity among keto advocates. You may be wondering how a coffee with a few added ingredients can be considered a biohack, but again, it all boils down to improving human functioning.
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None of these bioaques are as intimidating as the flea stories that dominated the discussion, but they are all examples of entrepreneurs taking the initiative to improve human life through biological knowledge. In addition, according to this AngelList page, no less than 542 investors are involved or interested in biohacking. This could motivate you to speed up the process from idea to creation.
In today's hyper-competitive world, the ability to optimize performance is crucial to success. Technology entrepreneurs have the opportunity to capitalize on this, as well as the health and fitness trends that dominate Instagram and discover pages around the world. People generally want to be healthy, and biohacking is a technological way to help them achieve this.
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