By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #278, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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The Secret Origins of Amazon’s Alexa: “In 2011, Jeff Bezos dreamt up a talking device. But making the virtual assistant sound intelligent proved far more difficult than anyone could have imagined.” — Adam K

What a Crossword AI Reveals About Humans’ Way With Words: “Dr. Fill, a puzzle-solving automaton, came out victorious at last week’s national tournament — but human solvers shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet.” …


Manufacturing is going through yet another revolution, on a global scale. Advanced manufacturing companies are using digital technologies throughout the entire product lifecycle, from design, engineering, and production to recycling and end-of-life disposal. Innovative manufacturing technology companies are using advanced materials, modeling and simulation software, additive manufacturing, distributed sensors, and more. The future of manufacturing is agile, highly distributed, automated, environmentally responsible–and now built with software.

At Lux, we’ve seen this future coming and have been investing at the intersection of Manufacturing + Tech for many years. The drumbeat of innovation has been steadily increasing, and many success stories look…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #277, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life: “Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.” — Sam

An Artist Sketches the Giant Gender Gap on the Moon: “By drawing the small number of lunar craters named for women, an artist hopes to highlight women’s contributions to the sciences.” — Deena

The Robot Surgeon Will See…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #276, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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A Revolution Is Sweeping the Science of Ancient Diseases: “The study of DNA from millennia-old bacteria and viruses is revealing new secrets about the plague and other epidemics.” — Sam

Your Diet Is Cooking the Planet: “But two simple changes can help.” — Deena

This incredible beetle can endure being run over by a car, inspiring scientists to develop new materials — Adam K

Scientists are searching for the…


For more than a decade, Lux has partnered at the earliest stages with rebel founders breaking down boundaries at the intersection of biology and technology. During a time when traditional biotech sought serendipitous single solutions — a target hypothesis and a therapeutic molecule — Lux sought out scientists and technologists attuned to the underlying advances across a multitude of disciplines. Often these entrepreneurs not only proposed a solution for a historically intractable disease but simultaneously imagined substrate to industrialize the very path to future solutions. In considering these investments, we wondered: “Will this work in the clinic?” and “Are we…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #275, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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2.5 billion T. rex inhabited the planet, researchers saySam

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration: “A new time-lapse video feature in Google Earth lets users see how humans have reshaped the globe over the decades.” — Deena

Trapped on Technology’s Trailing Edge: “We’re paying too much to deal with obsolete electronic parts” — Bilal

The road from Rome: “The fall of the Roman Empire…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #274, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving: “A series of problem-solving experiments reveal that people are more likely to consider solutions that add features than solutions that remove them, even when removing features is more efficient.” — Deena

Bill Hwang Had $20 Billion, Then Lost It All in Two Days: “The fast rise and even faster fall of a trader who bet big with borrowed money.” …


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #273, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance RoverSam

In Computero: Hear How AI Software Wrote a ‘New’ Nirvana Song: “Computer-generated artificial tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison highlight a new project that helps bring attention to mental illness” — Adam K

Striatal dopamine mediates hallucination-like perception in miceDeena

Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter: ‘We fear and yearn for “the singularity.” But…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #272, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Alien Languages May Not Be Entirely Alien to Us: “Evolution should favor some universal traits in the emergence of any form of communication on any planet” — Adam K

Jennifer Doudna on the Pandemic Year: The Power of Mission-Driven Science: “Professors, researchers and engineers set aside their own projects to focus on how best to fight the pandemic” — Deena

The UK’s new £50 note celebrates Alan Turing with…


“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” — Peter Drucker

In October 2020, Lux presented its thesis about the secular wave of innovation at the intersection of healthcare + technology. Today, we are doubling down on that thesis and naming names by unveiling the Lux Health + Tech Index[BLOOMBERG: LUXHT Index], an index of 57 publicly traded companies that together best represent the rapidly emerging Health + Tech investment theme. It is a total return, equal-weighted index informed by Lux’s sector-leading expertise in investing at the cutting edge of healthcare and technology.

New technologies and their application…

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