If there is a tech founder more qualified than Andy Puddicombe to help those of us who might be struggling to hold it all together over the last six months, I’m not sure who it is. Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk who started Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app, with co-founder Rich Pierson 10 years ago.
We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s be honest, the last six months have been rough. It’s been rough for people trying to figure out how to balance working from home with all the other things that happen at home. Right now, in many cases, that includes things we’ve never experienced before, like running a virtual school.
If you haven’t tried to work while making sure four different elementary-age students make it on the right Zoom class, I promise you, it’s rough. I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I’ll just say that we can use all the help finding some tranquility that we can get.
I had a chance to talk with Puddicombe for my podcast (you can listen to the full interview on Apple Podcasts or Spotify), and it was easily one of my favorite conversations so far. We spoke about his company’s partnership with Microsoft that allows users of Microsoft Teams to access Headspace meditations during a new feature known as the virtual commute.
“It’s great to see meditation and mindfulness reach more people,” says Puddicombe, “but it’s also a reflection that people are really struggling.” The key to changing that, he suggests, might just be to do nothing more often.
Well, to be fair, meditation isn’t doing nothing. It’s about being mindful, which means setting aside all the things on our to-do list for a few minutes to take a deep breath, and spend some
Artificial Intelligence Defense Platform, a technology start-up creating AI technology for a safer, more comfortable future, and its Founder Andy Khawaja are creating AI technology that will collaborate with the human brain, creating faster, more advanced thought processes and diagnostic tools.
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Andy Khawaja and AIDP plan to unlock new human capabilities. (Photo: Business Wire)
Foglets.com says, “the human brain operates at 1 exaFLOP, which is equivalent to a billion billion calculations per second.” They describe the human brain as a “tangled, seemingly random mess of neurons that do not behave in a predictable manner.”
AIDP is working on its pioneer program “ISABELLA” that will pair AI technology with the human brain. They claim that collaborating the two will unlock new capabilities in every human aspect. As a place to start, they will explore AI and human collaboration in critical thinking, health diagnostics, and even psychology.
Andy Khawaja and AIDP are exploring vast data sets and integrating them into a system that is constantly absorbing and learning. This technology will be able to weigh hundreds of millions of potential outcomes in one second.
“We are lucky to have access to so much data – countless amounts of research and analysis. It is time that we integrate data sets into a more advanced system that is capable of learning, understanding, and perceiving things,” says Andy Khawaja, “…the collaboration of the human mind and artificial intelligence is within our reach.”
The US Institute of Medicine attributes about 80,000 deaths per year to wrong diagnosis. AI technology can help more accurately identify and diagnose illnesses.
Andy Khawaja added, “The abilities of what is to come will not only compete with the world’s greatest minds, but it will surpass them. We will better diagnose