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Data Exhaust and the Future of Peer Pressure

About a month ago, I received several negative comments through Twitter about a blog post on the idea that people are beginning to threaten themselves with embarrassment online as a strategy to improve health by, for example, installing a sensor enabled refrigerator that lets its owner's network know when he goes for a midnight snack. At the time, I wrote about the concept as an example of "smart pain," which is to say short-term, relatively harmless pain designed to help us achieve longer term goals.

Lie Detectors Everywhere

Want to know if your son ate his vegetables?

Wanted: Adaptive Encouragement

It’s that time of year again. The global holiday of January 1, and with it, the annual ritual of self-improvement: setting New Year’s resolutions.  It’s a time when we’re called on to reflect on our lives and the behaviors we might want to change—and bombarded with ideas on how to do so.  It’s the time of year that makes me crave the realization of one of our Science and Technology forecasts: Adaptive Encouragement.

Automated Nourishment

Last year, when we created our Map on the Future of Science and Technology and Well-Being, we were looking for convergences. What experimental, and seemingly disparate technologies might converge over the next decade to change how we pursue well-being?

The Future of Sleep

How well do you sleep? If you're like 1 in 5 Americans, you don't get enough hours of shut-eye every night. But new findings and hints of a sleep revolution are underway, that give us a peek at what sleep might look like in the future.

The Danger of Measuring Emotions

An easy way to identify a future dilemma is to spot two polar, but entirely sensible, reactions to an emerging practice or technology.

Play to be healthy, one month at a time

Can playing a game online help you be healthier? Buster Benson thinks so.

A new model: Crowd Self-Experiments

There's a new twist happening in the Quantified Self space. 

What was previously only individuals reporting on their data gathering and occasional self-experiments is now transforming into collectives. People are defining experiments to do on themselves as a group, then compare the data in a kind of crowdsourced research trial.

What if Self-Tracking Goes Mainstream?

Does the future include everyone measuring themselves in some way and contributing that data to research? Quite possibly, but it’s more complicated than that.

Is That Your Wallet in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See me?

Via PSFK, I came across three concept designs for wallets from MIT's Media Lab that would offer real-time feedback on our spending habits. For example, the "Mother Bear" concept wallet would have a hinge on it "with a shorted motor in the hinge that resists opening" when the wallet's owner needs to start saving.

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