Reaping  the  Benefits  of  POD™:  Using  Personal  Data  to  Treat  Psychiatric  Disorders 

By Dr. Emily Grovenor

Some unexpected potential side benefits of POD have come out of most recent tests. In addition to balancing chemicals in the body, POD can be used as a 24/7 data-mining organism that monitors habits and needs. When used with all members of a closed system, POD can also create an interconnected web of individual data streams, providing objective insight into social dynamics.

We never intended POD as an intelligent personal sensor. More than the current sensors for the mass market, POD can entangle with your body’s central nervous system and combine data and intelligence towards a number of tasks:

  1. Convert biological responses to environmental data (temperature, sleep/wake cycles, changes in air quality that indicate cooking/bathing, nutrition, exercise, etc.)
  2. Monitor emotional responses and link these feelings with individual activities and/or interpersonal dynamics (e.g. raising of voices at 11:55pm for 5 min is followed by sadness for subject A and joy for subject B)
  3. From a psychiatric perspective, POD can administer medication on regular or as-needed doses (e.g. when Essential Tremor spikes by 30% and temperature rises by 1 degree, administer 500mg of Ativan)
  4. Combine social behavioral data and individual personal emotional data to discern a psychiatric problem from a situational one

This last case is quite interesting. Abstracting our case studies, I can see potential for POD to revolutionize psychiatry by discerning psychiatric problems from cultural ones. We can treat sick people, but how do you treat a sick system? POD may be able to help.

Probing this question, we did a simple 3-month case study on depression and females. In North America, females are diagnosed with depression 70% more often than males. To what extent are the contributing factors biological and/or situational?

An interesting correlation that emerged was between depression and housework. Within 15 households of 2-4 people, the person who did 80% or more of the housework felt anger while performing the housework about 70% of the time. This subject also experienced higher rates of depression, diagnosis of depression, and prescription of anti-depressant medications. This subject was also always female aside from one male in an all male household.

Wanting to look at the isolation factor, we wove the question, "how much of the housework do you think you do?" into a q&a testing module. On average, subjects who in reality completed 15% or less of the housework reported completing "about half."

We’ve yet to turn up a medical report that lists inequality in housework as a causal factor in depression. My opinion is that the barrier is financial and technological. Proving cultural causes to psychiatric problems requires entire societies to be dipped in data – something POD could provide.

Additionally, POD is the only data-mining organism on the market that can provide individual clients with 100% privacy, data security, and control over how one’s data is used. POD’s bionanohybrid interface renders outside data analytics obsolete. Lastly, POD’s natural language feature can ensure customers have conscious understanding of all risks and implications.

While we’re still in the early stages of testing, we think this side benefit of POD as a data-mining organism could appeal to an untapped customer base that prefers realism to idealism. (POD’s primary purpose as an entertainment recommendation engine appeals to the latter group.)

Most importantly, these recent findings are sufficient to support the next round of testing around healthcare benefits and corporate services in the healthcare industry. For the price of a one-time insertion fee per individual, POD could be covered under Health Canada and many US insurance plans.



Dr. Emily Grovenor is a neuroscientist who joins BMC Labs as the Director for Education Initiatives. Previously, she held the position of regional director at the Sacramento Institute of Biotechnology Education and Research and was an adjunct professor at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Emily Grovenor obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern and wrote her thesis on "Personal Data and BioNanoHybrid Technology". To learn more about Dr. Emily Grovenor’s research, visit her online Udemy course: BioNanoHybrids™ 101.

BMC  Labs  Partners  with  TIFF  and  CFC  Media  Lab

Hot on the heels of signing an eight-figure licensing deal to obtain the biology and technology IP found in Shivers, Rabid, Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, and eXistenZ, BMC labs is putting its technology to the test utilizing the David Cronenberg Exhibition, as well as his fans within a special beta launch. The exhibition, which unfolds this fall, will mark the official beta launch of POD, as the first wave of implants will be made available to qualified hosts.

The exhibition will feature a retrospective of Cronenberg’s work with restored prints and props from his films. For more on the exhibition, visit the official site.

Storytelling  Enters  the  21st  Century  as  David  Cronenberg  Teams  with  Biotech  Startup  BMC  Labs

Filmmaker Magazine covers our partnership with David Cronenberg. "Storytelling enters the 21st Century as David Cronenberg teams with hot biotech startup BMC labs. This exclusive deal marks an entertainment first – BMC Labs has secured biology and technology IP found in the works of Cronenberg. This could very well become a new licensing vertical for a technologically-battered entertainment industry that’s been trying to find its footing within a constantly shifting digital landscape..."

Read more at Filmmaker Magazine

POD  Adds  a  New  Tier  to  Maslow’s  Hierarchy  of  Needs:  Personalized  Evolution

By Janna Sensum, Founder and CSO of BMC labs

When I began studying the source of human motivations, I was struck by how our theories largely reflected a reactive consciousness – one that develops through the process of exploring and accepting given constraints in our environment. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, proposed in 1943, still holds today. The apex of "self-actualization" encompasses morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, and acceptance of facts – all actions that strive to cope with the limitations of a common reality.

But at the time Maslow proposed his theory, life was more about adapting to constraints than inventing new experiences. Computers were in a dark age, and had only slightly progressed from the basic functions of Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine. Today, the processing power of one POD is equivalent to that of the supercomputer that sent the first spaceship to the moon; the 21st century is a time of infinite possibility.

POD frees humans from everyday causality and consequence. Users can design the evolution of their personal experience – and therefore their perception of reality and resulting identity – unfettered by the reactions of this world. Psychologists are now calling for an update to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – a sixth tier at the top dedicated to "personalized evolution."

BMC  Labs™ Taps  David  Cronenberg  Fans  to  Train  Beta  POD  About  Human  Complexity

For a long time, tech bloggers have spoken about how the applications of today will be body enhancements tomorrow. Finally, the vanguard has arrived.

Paving the way to a utopist merging of man and machine, BMC Labs is training beta PODs to celebrate the nuances of humanity by tapping the collective emotional intelligence of David Cronenberg fans. BMC Founder and Chief Science Officer Janna Sensum says:

We are actively combating mainstream entertainment’s tendency to cater to the lowest common denominator. Rather than the oppressive machines expressed in futuristic dystopia films as early as "Metropolis," POD is designed to bring out the complexities of human desire, love and evolution. Who better to train our beta POD than David Cronenberg fans?

Leveraging first mover advantage, BMC invites David Cronenberg fans to be a part of POD’s design process. Upon entering the R&D experiment, hosts are automatically assigned a POD to grow. Each POD will look, sound and feel unique to the creator – you.

Your  Suppressed  Societies  of  the  Mind  and  How  Intelligent  Media  Can  Fulfill  Them

BMC Labs' Director of Artificial Intelligence Danny Severi concurs that, "Humans are rarely of one mind." Studying under Marvin Minsky at MIT, he follows the view first expressed in the Society of the Mind that the human mind is a vast society of individually simple processes known as agents.

Written for the general public and tackling such topics as free will, this philosophical treatise came out of Minsky’s first AI efforts in the early 70’s – tasks like making a robotic arm and eye build blocks like a child. The vast array of hierarchical decision and action trees for such a simple task led Minsky to envision the mind as a complex "society" of billions of agents. Competing tasks constantly override and disband, weakening agents as we change from doing one thing to another. Recent findings in neuroscience support this view of the brain as a malleable entity, revealing widespread neuroplasticity into adulthood.

Danny sheds some light on his own motivations for building BMC Labs' first release, POD (Personal on Demand), a 21st century enhancement to life:

In every human mind, there are suppressed agents that are waiting to take over and transform the neural pathways that form your identity. The question is, do you want to be unconscious or conscious of your transformation? Do you want your suppressed desires and fears to subvert your pursuit of happiness, or do you want to harness the potential of your true self?

Apparently with POD, you can have your cake and eat it too. POD empowers you to playtest potential identities in order to choose whom you want to be in real life. Don’t miss out on designing your own evolution?