Lab Pad is an iPad case that’s inexpensive, lightweight, frugal, stealthy, easily sourced, and adaptableâ€“â€“it’s technopropriate. You can purchase one on Etsy here if you like:
I launched this project on KickstarterÂ in November, 2012. While I was hoping it would be … Read more ›
Have you ever tried to cross the street in a different country? What happens when you look the wrong way or fail to catch the driver’s attention? What happens when you do catch the driver’s attention? Does it make a … Read more ›
Late last week, many scientists learned they won’t be getting National Science Foundation grant support this roundâ€“usually because there isn’t enough funding to go around. And as I was winding down my own (unsuccessful) Kickstarter campaign this week, it got … Read more ›
Steve Jobs was right about a lot of things. His aesthetic sense, his commitment to making computers and software less painful for users, and his marketing powress have obviously been successfulâ€“even if not altogether satisfying given the trade-offs they entail … Read more ›
San Francisco played host to the first annual Urban Prototyping festival this past weekend, organized by the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFTA). The festival was a celebration of experimentation and an explicit nudge for civic residents to get … Read more ›
The Center for Creativity interviewed me as a follow-up to my talk at the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Center for Creativity’s series on education and creativity.
The talk discussed the future of STEM education, creativity, and the internet, hovering around … Read more ›
The Adam Curtis documentary series, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, begins each of three BBC-broadcast episodes with the title card, “THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THE RISE OF THE MACHINES”.
The series aired in spring 2011, and is … Read more ›
A manuscript has been floating around the interweb which describes an experimental test of the hypothesis that languages which grammatically distinguish between present and future events (what linguists call strong future-tense reference languages) lead their speakers to take fewer future-oriented … Read more ›
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.
Credit scores, like FICO, are … Read more ›
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 … Read more ›
Design and art have long been viewed as distinct fields of inquiry from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but the contemporary perspective is that these modernist institutional distinctions are rapidly eroding now more than ever. For more than a … Read more ›
The experience of migration, of moving to a new habitat or locale, brings with it magic-like experiences of the new environment. The relationship between cause and effect breaks down, and it takes more (or less) effort to do things that … Read more ›