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Four For Friday | May 19, 2023
LF49 | HBR on the metaverse, 14 longevity hacks, Report on AI and aging and Zuzalu, Montenegro's longevity festival
Welcome to a Looking Forward’s Four For Friday. Four things that have piqued my interest this week relating to systems change, healthy longevity and / or Web3. Enjoy!
The b2b metaverse is going strong
Don’t think that just because Meta has pivoted from virtual reality towards AI, the metaverse is a dead duck. On the contrary, businesses are finding it increasingly valuable - BMW is saving 30% on factory planning costs, and Lowes is reinventing in-store customer support with associates wearing AR glasses to provide a digital overlay to their store.
14 longevity hacks
This list from Saint Haven’s founder Tim Gurner (see LF48) outlines devices and products designed to optimize longevity and recovery, including: bed cooling pads, red light treatment, lymphatic drainage, pulsed electromagnetic fields, IV drips and EEG monitoring headsets.
Report: the future of AI and older adults
Seasoned agetech analyst Lori Orlov has just released a report on AI and older adults. It identifies a number of potential opportunity areas, such as AI assistance in resident care, automated check-ins, staff management, fall avoidance, chatbots, acoustic monitoring and training. It’s a hard space to keep track of, so meta analyses like this are valuable, though inevitably with the blazing pace of AI, out of date the minute the ink is dry...
Zuzalu: Montenegro, longevity capital?
Could Montenegro become the world’s longevity capital? Zuzalu - an event bringing world class longevity and crypto thinkers together in a month-long festival of longevity is wrapping up this week. This is the brainchild of ex-Goldman banker and Montenegro Minister Milojko Spajić and Ethereum founder (and new Montenegro citizenship holder) Vitalik Buterin. A fascinating combination of crypto and longevity; will look more into this in a future newsletter.
That’s all for this week. As always, feedback welcome. Feel free to share insights or links of interest.
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