Larry Smarr is trying to save your life:
Larry sees medicine as a stubborn holdout. Current efforts to reform the system—for instance, the Obama administration’s initiative to digitize all health records by 2014—are just toes in the water. Medicine has barely begun to take advantage of the million-fold increase in the amount of data [...]
I have no idea why the original headline references a TV remote control (notoriously shitty user-interfaces) , but the article gets it right: digitizing and technologizing medicine doesn’t help anybody if the software and hardware isn’t human-friendly. And who do you think the article cites as the user-friendly paragon?
Of course, Apple is the [...]
The X Prize Foundation has plunked down another gauntlet, this one to the tune of $2.25 million with the help of Nokia, to drag healthcare kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The objective? A portable, affordable, accurate, and comprehensive sensor suite able to constantly and unobtrusively measure every aspect of health [...]
Jamais Cascio points out that our vision of the future of technology is the same as it was twenty years ago. But our ability to predict social and cultural change is becoming more and more important, and that is way harder. Why?:
Some of it comes from a long-standing habit in the world of [...]
Sherry Turkle is awesome. A good buddy of mine, Tyler, sent me the link to David Zax’s interview with Turkle about her new book Alone Together thinking it would get my hackles up. Turkle is perhaps one of the most perceptive thinkers on technology and society. She is not eternal pessimist David Carr, nor is [...]
They are compliments. Consider the digital 3-D cadaver system being used by NYU Medical:
In the N.Y.U. lab, Chana Rich, a 21-year-old first-year student from Fairfield, Conn., dissected an older, female cadaver. But the dead woman had undergone a number of surgeries during her lifetime, and her body was now missing its appendix, spleen [...]
Right now, smartphones are touch screens. Why not make them bendable?
The obvious answer is that no one wants to interact with the phone this way, but the objects displayed on the phone. I don’t want to twist my phone to turn a page, I want to turn the damn page. Haptic [...]
The only interface that has every really mattered: how do I translate my thoughts into action?
The body can be bypassed.
Project Black Mirror should have a kickstarter soon. Fund them.
Scott Daigle has invented Intelli-Wheels, which are wheelchair wheels with a built in automatic gear change system. The system is still in development, but if it works the way he describes, the system will adjust the gearing as one goes uphill or across a flat surface to maximize a user’s [...]
AboutPop Bioethics, written by Kyle Munkittrick, is an effort to study the ethics of the continuing evolution of the human species via the lens of pop culture and be somewhat entertaining in the process.