Archive for July, 2014

A big myth about connectivity in the developing world, busted

Almost everyone on earth has a mobile phone, if you believe the mobile industry’s data on active mobile connections. Just take a look at the numbers for “mobile penetration” from GSM Association (GSMA), a trade group for mobile operators: from Pocket https://ift.tt/1nuVaag via Quartz

How Our Minds Mislead Us : The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

Every year, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman summons some of our era’s greatest thinkers and unleashes them on one provocative question, whether it’s the single most elegant theory of how the world works or the best way to enhance our cognitive toolkit. from

Dropping the Needle: Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education

Disruption theory comes from the business literature, but it has been co-opted by other sectors as it provides a framing device that helps us make sense of the fast-paced 21st century…Why is it important for us to contemplate this debate? Disruption theory is now so

So, Where Are My Robot Servants?

Four years ago, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, uploaded a video to YouTube. It featured a demonstration they’d done using a powerful new robot called PR2, a dishwasher-size machine with two hefty arms and six camera eyes on its face… from Pocket https://ift.tt/1nxMxxY

Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health?

After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. What are the implications?