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24 year old Cameroonian engineer invents a touchscreen medical tablet

A 24 year old Cameroonian engineer, Arthur Zang, has invented the Cardiopad, a touchscreen medical tablet used to perform tests similar to a traditional electrocardiograph. The Cardiopad can wirelessly transmit the results of a heart test from a remote location to specialists typically located in urban centers. 



Your Personal Placebo Profile

During their work on the Future of Persuasion, my colleagues in the Technology Horizons program developed the idea of a personal persuasion profile - that, in effect, each of us will be profiled based on the kinds of pitches, targeting and information we're most likely to respond to, that, over time, will follow us around in our virtual lives.

Financing the Business of a Healthy Life: Social Health and Well-being Innovation

When thinking about the future of health, it’s natural to look first at emerging technologies— indeed, part of this year’s Health Horizons research is going to focus on technological innovation. But looking at technology alone misses a big part of the picture. Social innovations, new systems people will use to improve well-being (some driven by technology but some not), are likely to transform health and well-being over the next decade.

Exploring the Future of Games and Health

IFTF was invited by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help organize a workshop at the White House conference center on health and games. Yesterday, my colleague Mike Liebhold and I were among a group of roughly two dozen researchers, game designers and key government officials exploring how games can be used to improve health and health care.

Embedded Health: Designing Future Health Interventions Around Our Weaknesses

My most recent Fast Coexist piece is up - taking a look at a concept I wrote about in 2010 called Embedded Health, which argues that the future of health design is to create interventions that help us overcome our weaknesses. It begins:

What 50 Cent Can Teach us About the Future of Empathetic Foods

Since one of my research beats at the Institute is to track the emergence of weird, misguided, and yet, at times, brilliant packaged foods, I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't note the recent release of a new energy shot developed by the rapper 50 Cent that is almost certainly the first energy drink released in partnership with the United Nation's World Food Programme.

Conversation with Camilo Ramada: Complementary Currencies in South America

Institute for the Future and will be hosting Camilo Ramada for an event at the IFTF office in Palo Alto on Monday, January 30th from 6-9pm. Camilo implemented the most successful complementary currency system in South America, the C3, which is now accepted by the Uruguay government for the payment of taxes. 


About our Speaker:

Camilo Ramada was born in 1971 in Montevideo (Uruguay) and studied International Economic Relations at the University of Amsterdam.

Pop-Up Urbanism to Build Community Health

I enjoyed, but was also a bit disappointed by, a recent Health Affairs article by David Erickson and Nancy Andrews looking at the role that community development could play in contributing to community-wide health and well-being.

The Toxic Effects of Childhood Stress

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a fascinating, and potentially transformative, statement a couple of weeks ago about something that would seem to be a simple, almost insignificant problem: Stress.

Locating Change: Science and Technology Controversies

2011 was a year of transition and change. In 2012, science and technology conflicts and controversies become a resource for locating change and what it means for the future.


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