Archive for August, 2012

The Human Hacker House is born

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The much-awaited Human Hacker House is now up and running. We are six who met through the startup world and Quantified Self. On average, we work, work out, and/or work on injuries. A bit more on us at, including our human hacker manifesto.

The Human Hacker House

We are a Silicon Valley based community of entrepreneurs, athletes, and scientists gathered together to show what is possible when you experiment with your body, mind, and life. The house is located in Sunnyvale.

Currently, we are busy working on experiments for:

  • marathon training in 12 weeks
  • boosting mental focus with chocolate
  • increasing bench press by 50 lbs
  • reversing knee injury
  • overcoming hypothyroidism and hormone imbalances with diet
  • and many others!
Stay updated on the latest happenings at the house, here.

The Residents

Janet started Human Hacker House to turn the sick into healthy, and the healthy into superhumans. At 21, she is retired from racing Ironman triathlons, competing nationally in short track speed skating, and trying to adopt 2-hour-per-day sleep schedules. Recently, she has spoken to audiences at Stanford, UCLA and other venues about navigating the healthcare system as a self-experimenter.

Nick founded Skritter, runs every experiment he thinks of, owns 99 things, dislikes moderation, and often wonders when he can create a pig with dogs for feet (the perfect animal). Using his infinite motivation superpower, he’s writing a book about accomplishing as many goals as possible in three months.

Chloe is a designer who gets excited about data visualizations and behavior change. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute, she has been interning at Google and breaking her comfort zones during her free time.

Yoni built Quantified Mind to help everyone understand and optimize their cognitive performance. He wants to create a complete map of people’s cognitive responses to lifestyle choices and interventions, and runs controlled trials to build it. His background is in artificial intelligence, Bayesian statistics and data analysis, and cognitive psychology, and his dream is to cure aging.

Alex is the founder of Somaxis, a company that makes wireless muscle sensors and heart-rate monitors. A runner since high school, he is currently focused on developing tools that help people achieve personal fitness goals. He enjoys self-tracking, data porn, biosensors, scifi, longboarding, tai chi, archery, weight lifting, disestablishmentarianism, oxford commas, and hang gliding.

Eri is jailbreaking medicine. She is Chief Operating Officer of Scanadu, a startup building the medical Tricorder. Previously, Eri co-founded BioCurious, the first hackerspace for biology, and Livly, a nonprofit cancer research lab in her garage. On the side, Eri organizes Quantified Self meetups and HealthTech happy hours, trades stocks, and tries to overcome genetics. She had been described as anti-hedonistic.


The Deathbed Test (for making important – or any – decisions)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

“For something to be considered meaningful and fulfilling, it must pass what I call the “deathbed test.”

If asked on your deathbed to complete the following sentence, “I wish I had spent more time_______________,” how would you respond?”

Via Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy