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Sofia Sanchez

What happens when biology meets engineering

What is it though?

If you were looking for a clear, precise, and official definition of synthetic biology, I need to tell you the truth. As of now, there is none.

Isn’t this the most exciting point? Imagine working on something that is just being discovered. It’s said that biotechnology in general, is at the same point where technology was a few decades ago. …


A take on Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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If happiness is the ultimate purpose of human existence — or that’s what Aristotle would say — then are we over-complicating life? Shouldn’t everyone be happy by default?

We all know that there are some constrains that challenge the release of dopamine in our brains. In the era of bio and nanotechnology, does this mean that happiness is simple chemistry and thus we can hack it? Flow showed me that the answer is no.

Flow is not a personal development book at all. It’s rather the compilation of several studies made on optimal experience, from many different angles. …


Handwritten digits recognition project

When I say CNN, I’m really talking about a Convolutional Neural Network, not the news channel. That said, you don’t need to be an expert in programming or AI to build code that recognizes handwritten digits. That’s what I did.

My purpose for this article is to explain in simple words what it means to create a neural network. I’ll decompose technical terms, show you the 5 main steps that I followed, and explain how this basic project is the foundation for a huge part of the AI revolution.

In theory

In the past, we thought that machines couldn’t surpass human intelligence…


A full guide to the sustainable future of food

We’re running out of time

I wasn’t sure if having this section was worth it. We’ve all heard about the ecological crisis. Some of us, even since kindergarten. Still, how many of us have genuinely reflected on the possibility of Earth becoming an inhabitable place before the year 2050? The short answer is very few people. It’s just not sustainable for our mental health.

Unlike most of my friends, I don’t believe that “small actions” can save us. As I like to say, we are treating with the human factor, which means that we only realize our mistakes until it’s too late to fix things…


Biohacking is not a crime

Josiah Zayner is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He breaks stereotypes and has shown me that that science and biohacking are about making things work through first principles, no matter the resources you have.

So I really just want to spread the idea and to let more curious people know about it.

This is the article to learn more about biohacking, and Josiah Zayner is the person to ask.


Seeking perspective about gender equality around the world

I used to think that it’s almost absurd to live in a country where more than 10 women are killed every day, a raper is being “elected” as a governor, and more than 62% of female executives don’t get a promotion because it’s given to a man.

Now I agree more with Einstein:

“Two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity… and I’m not too sure about the universe”

The 9M Movement

Just in case you don’t know yet, let me give you a little more context on what’s happening in Mexico these days, apart from the evident injustice and chaos.

Of…


Malignant or Bening?

A few weeks ago, I decided to start my journey in Artificial Intelligence. Not because I’m a techy person, but because I understand the disruptive potential that it has in any given field.

Now, there was a huge challenge that I had to overcome: I didn’t like programming because I’m not good at it. I know that everybody says that, but the truth is that, in the past, I couldn’t even complete a simple Python course. Yes, that’s how much of a starter I was.

So I know the frustration that a lot of beginners may feel. This is why…


Humanity’s last invention?

Taking the perspective of someone who knows absolutely nothing about the topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become just a popular term over the past years.
Topics (or fancy headers) like “AI diagnosing cancer” or “6 Serious Dangers of Artificial Intelligence” have now become mainstream.

There’s hype, and there’s fear. People talk about “beating the algorithm”, referring to the AI technology behind social media. Or what about those who tell you about automation and how AI will take over our jobs?

Coming from a biotechnology background (not very related to AI), my intention behind this article is making it easy for…


Disruptive startups, cutting-edge research, and creative iGEM projects

Image credits to MIT News

When I discovered biotech, the first thing that caught my eye were the unstoppable emerging discoveries. There was CRISPR, longevity science, and something called “synthetic biology”.

To be honest, this last one didn’t seem appealing at all to me at first. There were definitely more papers about using gene editing to cure diabetes than there were about using a weird bacteria to do “whatever they were doing” — if that makes any sense.

Now I see synbio as a concept with the power to grow anything we can imagine, standardize life, and solve the world’s biggest problems

Being a very…


A reflection on personal development

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What comes to your mind when hearing the word anti-fragile?

My answer to that question is “something that doesn’t break that easily”. That is in part correct. However, a better way to understand this is by thinking of glass and rubber.

If a glass falls to the floor, even without you throwing it intentionally, it’s likely to break. Instead, if you through a rubber ball with all your strength, something interesting will happen: it will bounce back.

Anti-fragility is not only about bearing hard situations; it is about learning from them, and coming out stronger.

This doesn’t mean that you…

Sofia Sanchez

Ambitious teenager building innovative projects with Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence

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