19 June 2018

Global Exports ~ Physical Stuff Sold Internationally

HowMuch maps the Global Export Economy in One Map... 
"We got our numbers from the World Trade Organization [...] The WTO tracks the total value of physical goods each country sends across its borders. Remember, these numbers exclude services -- we are only focused on physical items. To create our map, we changed the size of the country depending on the value of exports, and we likewise added a shade of blue for easy reference. This approach highlights the outliers and identifies several key trends."

07 June 2018

Enlightenment Now ~ Pinker on Progress...

Professor Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress summarizes proof that health, wealth, and happiness are improving worldwide due to enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism. He discusses this in his TED talk Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers...
"We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one," he says. "But there's no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCm9Ng0bbEQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCm9Ng0bbEQ

19 May 2018

MIT Media Ventures ~ Spring 2018 Projects!

Professors Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Cynthia Breazeal, and I together
with colleague instructors David Shrier, Beth Porter, Steve Derezinski, and Thomas Hardjono were pleased to have ~75 students in our MIT Media Lab & MIT Sloan cross-listed Media Ventures class this past Spring 2018 semester working on nearly three dozen projects! These projects are a combination of new venture proposals pursuing entrepreneurial concepts and innovation roadmaps exploring a larger landscape of emerging technology possibilities. Just to give you a taste for the wide range of topics covered, here they are in alphabetical order...
  • Acciyo ~ Assistive AI for Active News Readers
  • Aion Therapeutics ~ Bio-derived Neuroceuticals  
  • Alpaca ~ Scaling Online Marketplaces  
  • Bias Detection ~ AI/ML for Fallacy Detection 
  • Bienvendido ~ Home Purchase Fund for Mexico 
  • Blockchain + Healthcare ~ Traceablity & Authentication 
  • Blockchain x Music ~ Fast, Inclusive, Artist-Friendly 
  • Climate Media Engine ~ Provocative Short Videos 
  • Digital Health ~ Proactive Care Innovation Roadmap 
  • Equalizr ~ Speech Pattern Analysis & Coaching 
  • EthAnalytics ~ Blockchain Venture Impact Metrics 
  • FundONE ~ Democratizing Political Fundraising 
  • Hustle ~ Changing Contractor Career Options 
  • Levio ~ Home Swapping for LGTBQ Travelers 
  • Markets for Data ~ Vertical & Horizontal Roadmap 
  • Mindful VR ~ Overcoming Test Anxiety, Boosting Scores 
  • Mobile Digital ID ~ Authentication & Login Tech 
  • Nutrition Tracking ~ Consumer Innovation Roadmap 
  • Oncotector ~ Surgical Cancer Detector 
  • Personal Media Venture ~ MIT Tech x Business Examples  
  • Project Tokenize ~ Alternatives to Debt & Equity 
  • R&D Megafunds ~ Financial Instruments for Good 
  • Recipere ~ New Age Clinical Research Portal 
  • Restaurants & Tech ~ For Kitchens, Tables, & Beyond 
  • Smart Devices for the Disabled ~ Innovation Roadmap 
  • Space Economy ~ Astropreneurship Roadmap 
  • Straight Line Capital ~ Alt Funding Platform 
  • Tech to Fight Sex Trafficking ~ Tools Roadmap 
  • Told Ya! ~ Peer-to-Peer Casino-less Betting  
  • Trustee ~ Digital ID for Consumer Use 
  • Waffle ~ Re-imagining Insurance Holistically 
  • Wakanda Institute of Technology ~ New MIT Conference 
  • Zilper ~ Trenchless Construction for Piping 
  • Zippi ~ Inclusive Finance in Brazil

Minorities & Health ~ Nordenstedt on Metrics

Professor Helena Nordenstedt gives TEDxKTH talk with help of Gapminder visuals on Minorities & Global Health, a framework for better understanding how health and economics go together... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeXfjgsVZH0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeXfjgsVZH0

01 February 2018

MIT New Ventures ~ A Nuts & Bolts NanoMBA...

We've been hosting our MIT January/IAP 2018 class on the Nuts & Bolts of New Ventures for the past two weeks! Tonight's session with one of my favorite people, Yonald Chery, holistically integrates learnings via our live case study, MIMIO (f.k.a. Virtual Ink). Highly recommended! http://nutsandbolts.mit.edu

04 January 2018

20 November 2017

30 September 2017

Flood Resiliency ~ Dutch Lessons for World Cities

Rising sea levels generally and ocean storm surges, river floodwaters, and intense rainfalls particularly inspire new kinds of thinking about water management, going beyond higher dikes and barriers towards more defense-in-depth, including flood-friendly construction, making room for the rivers, and building absorbent greener cities. Here are some good surveys of this movement...

29 September 2017

Get Out ~ Silveria on Racism, Sexism, Stupidism

USAF Lt Gen Jay Silveria speaks vigorously against racist slurs...
"If you can't treat someone with dignity & respect then get out"
P.S. As of 8 November 2017, BBC reports that it was a hoax -- Black US Air Force cadet 'wrote race slurs' on dorm doors. I wonder if they'll kick him or her out ASAP?