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Machine-Motivated Ethical Behavior

I'm a fan of technology that gives people more latitude in their social and physical relationships. We live in societies (and environments) laced with norms and expectations, and while many of our behaviors are focused on keeping the peace, they can conflict with personal motivations. 


Civic Labs: Bangalore

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

On June 16th


Civic Labs: Bangalore

The Sharing Economy and the Future of Food

My latest Fast CoExist piece is up and it looks at the challenge of thinking about how to use practices around sharing to rebalance a global food system where both the number of hungry and number of overweight people hover around 1 billion (depending on which estimates you use.)

It begins:

Learning in the Algorithmic Age: Understanding the Links Between Behaviors and Outcomes

Not long ago, I wanted to consider how we could provide better tools for foresight, insight and action for individual people to use in their everyday life. The FICO score seems like a great case study. 


Designing Tech for Social Change: An Interview with Femi Longe of Nigeria's Co-Creation Hub

In July of 2012, I spent a few days around the Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria. The CcHUB, or simply, the Hub, is the hottest, newest, co-creation, co-working, and innovation hub. Since it opened in September of last year, it is abuzz with young energy and brilliant entrepreneurs.


On my final day in Lagos I sat down with co-Founder and Director of Programmes at the CcHUB, Femi Longe, to hear more about how it all happens.



Why 3-D Pharmaceutical Printing May Emerge from Outside the U.S.

The Guardian has a great interview with a Scottish professor named Lee Cronin who is working on developing a system to create pharmaceuticals through 3-d printing. Which is to say that he wants to make downloading and manufacturing medicine as simple as printing a web page.

After noting the barriers--of which there are many--Cronin offers up this big vision:

Four Practical Ways for Leaders to Make the Future

Bob Johansen recently published the second edition of Leaders Make the Future. In the book, Bob presents an expansive ten-year forecast about the key future forces that will impact our world in the decade ahead, pointing to the shift towards the global well-being economy, the growing impact of digital natives, and the emergence of cloud-served supercomputing.

The Disruptions Facing Higher Education, and How Universities are Beginning to Adapt

At no time in history have there been as many unknowns facing the field of higher education. The cost of college attendance, and the resulting mountains of student debt, loom as possible economic bubbles; the college education inflation rate has risen nearly 500% since 1985- schools that cost $10,000 per year in 1985 now charge an average of $59,000.

20 Years from Now, You'll Have Alzheimer's

As part of our Ecosystems of Well-Being map last year, we argued that the increasing importance, as well as the increasingly confusing challenge, of anticipating how today's measures and metrics affect our future health states will be central to shaping health and well-being in the next decade. There are a couple of key challenges with anticipatory health--the first is that, for the most part, we can't anticipate with 100 percent accuracy, but instead, have to operate by understanding fuzzy probabilities of disease.

Product Information: What Do We Want to Know?

Recalls have made people more suspicious of food safety while a diabetes epidemic has led many to reconsider what kinds of food they eat. Increasing evidence that the industrial food system contributes to the global climate crisis causes others to look deeply into where food comes from. Americans want to know more about the food they purchase and consume every day, and new technology is making this possible. But as more information about our food becomes accessible, deciding what to buy and what to eat may become more difficult.

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