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Biohakeris Teemu Arina: Be the Best Version of Yourself!

Daudzus mūsdienu steidzīgajā dzīves ritmā nodarbina jautājumi, kā dzīvot veselīgu un mierīgu dzīvi, kā mazināt stresu, kā būt produktīvākam darba vietā. Uz šiem un citiem jautājumiem īstās atbildes cenšas rast biohakings jeb gudrā dzīvošana caur zinātnes un tehnoloģiju iesaisti. Somu uzņēmējs un biohakeris Teemu Arina Latvijā būs sastopams 20. oktobrī, kad biznesa inovāciju konferencē RIGA COMM stāstīs par saviem jaunākajiem atklājumiem. Viņš ir pārliecināts, ka 20% darba noved pie 80% rezultātu. Kā to panākt? Lasi intervijā, ko publicējam oriģinālvalodā, lai saglabātu Teemu izteicienu autentiskumu.

Please tell us how did you became a biohacker and why did you choose that kind of a lifestyle?

Biohacking in smarter living through science. I’ve always been interested in technology, food and nutrition, but it was only recently 4 years ago when I had to use my knowledge and skills to hack myself back to health after getting an ulcer due to too much stress and sleepless nights. After 9 months of modern medicine and chronic fatigue and pain, I got tired of it all and did what I do best: analyze what was going on and implement an intervention. After doing my research and applying the methods successfully to heal myself, I’ve shared the knowledge forward by writing the Biohacker’s Handbook and organizing the Biohacker Summit.

In the past few years biohacking has become a popular trend. What are the main conclusions that you have reached working on Biohacker’s Handbook?

After I recovered, I noticed major improvements in my general health, wellbeing and mental & physical performance. Therefore I continued on my path. During the years I’ve discovered that there is no conclusion, only more to be discovered and to be experimented with. You see, biohacking is based on the principle of rigorous study on the human condition. You study latest academic research, interview the best experts and observe the craziest pioneers. Then you have a hypothesis of what might work. But you will never know until you treat yourself as a guinea pig with a properly set experiment where you are the subject of the study. Einstein has said that “Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it." That’s where quantified self jumps in, or self-understanding through numbers. The more data you collect about yourself, the more questions you will have. Biohacking, therefore, is a lifelong journey to discover what it means to be human and how to operate this biological machinery in an optimal manner that will maximize performance, wellbeing and longevity. You have only one, so better treat it well.

How CEO’s could use biohacking tools in their daily work to improve the results of the company and to motivate employees?

Generally speaking employees are on average 10-20 days on a sick leave each year. Then there are the days when they are about to get sick, have brain frog, have mental problems such as depression or are in one way or another semifit. My estimate is that each employer is paying 1-2 months on top of vacation for employees who are underperforming not because they do not know how to do their jobs, but because they are not in an optimal condition to get stuff done. This also applies to the top management, where owerwhelming responsibility and stress is the main cause. Now, if you treat your body properly, your mind will thank you. And when your mind performs, your body can do unbelievable things. If that means carrying an activity tracker that will remind you to be more active and sit less or a sleep tracker that tells you how well you have recovered from the daily chores, equally both along with a proper diet and exercise will allow you to wake up as the best version of yourself ready to kick ass.

Very important question for our society now is stress in the workplace which also reduce productivity. What is your suggestion for this problem?

We conducted the Upgraded Workplace project recently, where we compared a typical workweek with an upgraded workweek. A typical workweek consisted of sitting in front of the computer with little breaks, typical lunch and not much attention to air quality, light or ergonomics. Then we implemented an upgraded workweek together with a medical doctor, a personal trainer, a nutrition specialist and a few biohackers. We didn’t touch the content of the work but we completely changed the context in which work happens. Obviously we measured everything from activity to sleep quality to stress levels. The result was more energy, better motivation, more results and better mood. So the problem at many workplaces may not be that the work is bad or the employees are wrong, but simply that the conditions are not supporting what they try to achieve. It is also important to remember, that 20% of work lead to 80% of results. The question is, what 20%?

You are the founder of – a smart platform for organizing meetings and designing the process of the meeting. What is the main benefit for those who are using it?

With I’m solving my own problem as an executive: how to schedule meetings without spending most of the time in back-and-forth email ping pong. enables anyone to schedule meetings between multiple participants that works for everyone, even without looking at your calendar. Also, it enables you to distribute documents and prepare meeting guests in an automated fashion. It’s like your personal assistant but costs less, does things in a more consistent manner when it comes to meetings. Some of our bigger corporate customers use it for after sales and customer relations, to schedule meetings in a centralized fashion.

What are your predictions of the development of digital era – what can we expect in the next decade?

Every product will get some form of artificial intelligence built-in, paving a way for the algorithm society. Smart sensors will turn everyday objects as nodes on the network. Many traditional industries will find a new boost for their efficiency when applied at scale. With the increasing need for computing power and data transmission, the prices will go down and the efficiency will go up. We may even see internet becoming free as the air we breathe and the computers we use will move from our desktops, to our pockets, to our clothes and eventually to our bodies through synthetic biology. Man and machine are merging in various different ways. The new era requires a lot from energy efficiency (are you tired of charging all those batteries?), so what I’m interested in right now is how batteries are evolving to become smaller and even powered by usage (e.g. carrying a wearable or speaking to a phone) or how computing is evolving with more efficient energy usage through the use of light instead of copper to transmit information. Even data transfer may be enabled through using the existing visible light spectrum and tapping into the existing infrastructure of led lights, street lights, lasers and solar panels. Business models are also evolving from transactions to usage and services. Many of the winners will become platforms (platform economy) and even end-users will become producers (sharing economy).


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