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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.

Reputation, Trash and the Future of Choices

A couple weeks ago, Google released a new dashboard service that lets people know when they have been mentioned, for better or worse, by someone else on the Internet. It's the automated version of googling oneself--and it underscores an idea that seems to be gaining a lot of traction, namely that we are increasingly understanding reputation as a form of currency.

GreenGoose: Live Up To Your Best Intentions

Want to live up to be your best intentions?  Wish you hydrated yourself better?  Or that you were more consistent in taking your vitamins everyday?  Or that you made greener choices in terms of biking to work instead of driving? 

BodyShock Winner Profile: Portion Control

Play to be healthy, one month at a time

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

Filtering Out Temptations

When was the last time you looked into the refrigerator or at a store shelf with every intention of grabbing a healthy snack--only to wind up with dessert? The problem, of course, is that even while salad might sound good in theory, in practice, in the moment, chocolate sounds a lot better now. But, what if you could filter out the tempting but unhealthy foods, and only see dessert?

How to kick butt at kicking butts: A novel approach to smoking cessation

In the past year or so, I have had the opportunity to cross paths several times with Brian Mossop, a really smart neuroscientist/blogger whose wife, Kit, is a senior clinical scientist at Proteus, one of my all-time favorite Silicon Valley bio-tech companies.  In their spare time, Brian and Kit have developed a unique, science-based approach to smoking cessation called Project Kick Butts.  Here's the quick pitch:

Tell Me What I Can Do

Jay Parkinson has a typically smart post at the Future Well asking if "viewing personalized life data changes everyday behavior?

What if your scale told you what to eat, not how much you weigh?

The other day, my colleague, Jason Tester, blogged about a scale, covered in fuzzy, fuschia fake fur (or something) that provided users with affirmations instead of numbers.

Today's bathroom scale, designed by Ji Lee, doesn't display weight either. Instead, his Diet Scale suggests an appropriate meal to eat based on how much you weigh.

Nudging kids to health

This is a quick follow up on my recent post, "How to get kids physically active? Reward them!," which describes a commercial offering (Switch2Health) targeted at kids that provides them with incentives for engaging in physical activity.

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