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Victoria Dmitruczyk | April Issue

I want you to picture something.

You're on a bike ride, 13 km away from your house, and you decide it's time to go back, but first, you need some water. You put your bike down, and BAM ๐Ÿ’ฅ

When you lift it, your tire is flat. That's something that happened to me at the beginning of April. I had to figure out a way back home, and in the process I learned a lot about discipline and adaptability. These two ideas turned out to be the major themes of my month. 

By powering through the bike ride and adapting to these new conditions, I discovered that being able to push through (more accurately, bike through) the tough times and just figure things out are some of the most powerful skills you could have.  

This month, I've done a lot of things that need these mindsets. From starting an entire moonshot project, to summarizing research papers on delusions, let's see what I've been up to this month! 

๐Ÿš€ Introducing ESCA

For the last month, I've been working on an AgTech-based moonshot project! Fungi and algae are super high in nutritional value and have everything we need to survive. By evaluating someone's personal needs, we can compress the nutrients of these food sources into personalized capsules, creating a future without food!!! 

One of the biggest problems with space colonization is that once we get to a planet, we have no way of getting food. On Mars, the environment is perfect for growing fungi and algae. We want ESCA to pioneer the future of food (no matter where in the galaxy you are)!

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Environmentally-Friendly Buildings??

If you've read one of my newsletters before, you'll know that I LOVE sustainability, and this month, I've been diving into sustainable design. By doing things like mimicking nature, or changing the way we colour our buildings, we can cut down on the energy we use AND increase our environmental friendliness. ๐ŸŽFor example, if we build our buildings out of bamboo, we can make them carbon negative, meaning we're sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere ๐Ÿคฏ!!!! I thought that was actually insane, so, I decided to write an article on it. Check it out! 

Making Buildings Less Boring (And Saving the Planet at the Same Time)
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Every month, I aim to provide you with a couple pieces of content that I found really impactful. Here are my top choices for April! 

Nietzsche - God is Dead And So Is Captain Morgan

What is the meaning of life? Nietzsche argues there is none. This episode of Philosophize This talks about nihilism, religion, morality, and envy. 

Neuromorphic Computing

Mimicking how the brain learns is a HUGE focus area in Artificial Intelligence. Researchers at Amherst have discovered how to use biological, electricity conducting filaments to make 'memory transistor' devices.

Using Microbes to Suck Solid Gold Out of E-Waste

E-Waste is a BIG problem. A New Zealand start-up is using microbes (microscopic organisms) to extract gold from old computer parts. 

Drowning in Inefficiency

This is quite possibly my favourite energy-based video ever! It does a really good job at showing how our current approach power is super inefficient.

I had a conversation with a good friend of mine this month. Their statement was: "Our lives suck. We're going to have to work a job we hate, so that we can afford to have a small amount of free time". I was shocked. We get to live such lucky lives.
If you're reading this email, you have access to the internet. You have shelter. Most of the world doesn't get to experience that. Girls in developing countries will have their genitals mutilated,  74% of the world lives in multidimensional poverty. But, we don't experience this. We are insanely privileged, and for that, I am so grateful.

To that point of working a job you hate, that's untrue. You better like your job. Youโ€™ll be doing it for half of your waking life. If you donโ€™t like it, keep looking. We choose to settle for things we don't love, because it's what's expected. Why? This doesn't make sense to me. 

Other Fun Tidbits

- I can't read CT Scans, so, I taught a computer to do it for me! This month, I built a convolutional neural network that was able to diagnose traumatic brain injury with high accuracy when compared to a healthy brain. 

- It's easy to become complacent, but, that also can lead to misery. You can check out the article I wrote on that here

- Recently, I've become really interesting in understanding how delusions work. If you know anyone working in this field of psychiatry, feel free to respond to this email! 

๐Ÿ’ฅ One last thing - I'm currently looking for 2020 Summer Internships, especially in the areas of sustainability, artificial intelligence, or consulting. If you know of any opportunities, I would love to be pointed in the right direction, or connected with those individuals. Thank you! 

Well that's all for this month! It seems I'm getting to do more and more cool things with every update. Here's what I'm up to next month: 
- I'll be building out more projects in Artificial Intelligence, including playing around with YOLO object detection, and reinforcement learning. 
- I'll be diving deeper into delusions, and seeing how they relate to different aspects of our own psychology. 
- I'll be trying to grow my understanding of the world and experimenting with things like biohacking. 

Victoria Dmitruczyk

Toronto,
Canada

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