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Continous dopamine monitoring
Muse #188 - the next billion dollar idea
Rumors abound on what would be there in Apple Watch 7 or in the next version of FitBit. There is a talk about adding non-invasive blood sugar monitoring that could be useful for diabetics like me. Or adding the ability to measure Blood Pressure on demand. Ditto for usefulness too.
<Ping> You just got a notification. And this released a small amount of dopamine in your brain. <Ping> <Ping> <Ping> More dopamine.
Dopamine is usually seen as the main chemical of pleasure, but the current opinion in pharmacology is that dopamine instead confers motivational salience; in other words, dopamine signals the perceived motivational prominence (i.e., the desirability or aversiveness) of an outcome, which in turn propels the organism's behavior toward or away from achieving that outcome.
Motivational salience is a cognitive process and a form of attention that motivates or propels an individual's behavior towards or away from a particular object, perceived event, or outcome. Motivational salience regulates the intensity of behaviors that facilitate the attainment of a particular goal, the amount of time and energy that an individual is willing to expend to attain a particular goal, and the amount of risk that an individual is willing to accept while working to attain a particular goal
<Ping> Some more dopamine. We are in the crave for attention or inattention economy. Who knows what the future holds for humanity with this kind of inattention and lack of focus <Ping>
But, I believe the next billion-dollar business will be continuous dopamine monitoring. Unfortunately, there isn’t such a thing right now. Today, there is an option to monitor dopamine continuously by embedding electrodes into the brain. Especially in use for people with Parkinson’s or Dementia. And it is possible to measure dopamine from a blood test. But these don't scale. Too bad for now.
My wish is that if I could see my dopamine levels on my wrist just like my heart rate or counting steps then I would be able to align my dopamine levels to the outcomes that I would like to create for myself. Too much of a futuristic wish list I guess. But, I guess again that one can dream…
About dopamine - https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dopamine
10 Best Ways to Increase Dopamine Levels Naturally - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-dopamine
New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year - https://news.mit.edu/2018/brain-dopamine-tracking-sensors-0912
Detecting a brain disorder in seconds using dopamine levels - https://www.abc12.com/content/misc/Detecting-a-brain-disorder-in-seconds-using-dopamine-levels-513386461.html