Incredible – Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford and literally re-invented phlebotomy. “Instead of vials of blood—one for every test needed—Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods. The implications are mind-blowing.”
A recent study from the Pew Foundation categorized Twitter conversations, putting different types of discussion into silos. I think some of us fall into different categories at different times. “Researchers concluded that there are roughly six different types of conversational archetypes that take place on Twitter. In other words, most conversations take the form of one of these six general structures: Polarized Crowd, Tight Crowd, Brand Clusters, Community Clusters, Broadcast Network, Support Network.” From Mashable.
The Quantified Self seems to be Apple’s newest direction. It’s not really a surprise, as the newest iPhones have a chip that measure our steps and motion, even though few apps take advantage of it. They’ve clearly been thinking about this for some time, and new reports are making the plans take shape. “As we sifted through the reports and rumors, we became encouraged about the level of discourse about Apple’s possible healthcare play. Much of the discussion has centered around Apple’s assembly of a high caliber team of experts with deep experience in medical sensors and patient monitoring technologies, which gave further credence to reports of Apple’s possible introduction of an “iWatch” that would allow users to track health and fitness data generated by sensors embedded in the wearable. Some even raised the possibility that Apple might be interested in developing medical devices, peripherals or accessories for the iPhone.”
Fascinated by 3D printing. “What’s cooler than the stuff you can 3D print today? The things that 3D printers are almost, but not quite yet, capable of printing someday soon.”
I’ve looked for these apps more than once. “If you want to manage them all through your iPhone or iPad, there are a number of podcast apps to consider. We tackled the problem back in 2011, but a lot has changed in the last three years – so here’s our updated shortlist.”
With such extreme technological change, we can’t guess anymore. Not only that, when something new happens, or when there is a new technology, there is not always horizontal adoptions. This article from Gizmodo makes a very good point. “Tech changes society, but society shapes tech. That is, social change and technological change go hand in hand, but neither one drives the other.”
From the NYT, and article that talks about an anthropologist on Intel’s team who researches how we use technology and electronics in our lives – helping them visualize aspirations that take them beyond being a chipmaker. “Dr. Bell’s title at Intel, the world’s largest producer of semiconductors, is director of user experience research at Intel Labs, the company’s research arm. She runs a skunk works of some 100 social scientists and designers who travel the globe, observing how people use technology in their homes and in public. The team’s findings help inform the company’s product development process, and are also often shared with the laptop makers, automakers and other companies that embed Intel processors in their goods.”
My first “Jawbone” was a bluetooth headset, and Wired is right in this article that discusses how they don’t just perform a function – they redefine the entire gadget. “Jawbone is ascending into the top echelon of tech startups, joining the likes of Uber, Dropbox, and Square. But unlike these other rising stars, which are redefining digital services, Jawbone is redefining our gadgets themselves.”
Chartbeat, which measures real time traffic, found “effectively no correlation between social shares and people actually reading.” Article is from The Verge.
A generation of adults who don’t know life without earbuds. Surprised there has not been more written about the phenomenon. This is about perception of music (or chemistry of it.) “When you listen to music, a part of your brain called the nucleus accumbens activates. This triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine, that lives in a group of neurons in your brain called the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA):