10.27.20

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Bryan Johnson

Kernel Flow 50 Live Stream Summary (tl;dw)

Last week we announced that the first fifty Kernel Flow systems will become available for select partners starting in January 2021 (application). We live streamed a sixty minute event explaining the technology and hearing from experts. We also posted online the full tear down video.

Why Kernel Flow Could Represent a Step Function Change

Upon learning certain details of what we’ve built, NIRS pioneer and expert Dr. David Boas remarked “that’s insane.” That has been repeated by many people in the field. Here are some of the advancements they are considering when making that statement:  

We have dramatically changed the game in multiple areas simultaneously - significant cost reduction, ease of use, neural signal quality (1,000x more information), sampling frequency (200x the speed), whole head coverage, absolute measurements, labeled naturalistic environments, longitudinal abilities, human-to-human interactions, the largest datasets in history, a single standard of calibration across all Flow devices and a greatly expanded ecosystem of people who are now empowered to interact with the brain and mind. 

It is difficult to model and predict what becomes possible when all of these things are enabled at the exact same time. 

So what else are you capable of? The Kernel Flow 50 program is an effort to begin answering this question. We will soon find out.

What Others Are Saying 

Both of these technological advances—time domain and full-head coverage—are essential. They're essential because the brain doesn't work in isolated units. It works as an integrated whole.

- Joy Hirsch, Professor at Yale University, Psychiatry, Comparative Medicine, Neuroscience

Giving access to this equipment to more people—to more scientists, psychologists, clinicians—it opens up a lot of diversity to what can be investigated.

- Ilias Tachtsidis, Professor at University College London, Biomedical Engineering

Well, that's impressive. I mean with all that, just to fit in this small footprint. I think it's amazing.

- Hasan Ayaz, Professor at Drexel University, Biomedical Engineering

That’s insane.

- Dr. David Boas, Director of Neurophotonics,  Boston University

Fun livestream by @kernelco today; unvarnished and informative. Some hard engineering to get an impressive fNIRS helmet with 200 Hz sampling, and now they want the community to help them figure out what it’s good for. “VGA fMRI, on the fly.” 

- Philip Sabes, Emeritus Professor of Physiology, UCSF

Kernel Flow Specs

How To Apply

Submissions to the Flow 50 program will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  System allocations will be granted on a rolling basis. Here is the application