12 October 2018

Human Capital Index ~ Developing Youth...

BBC Africa's Farouk Chothia reports on the World Bank's Human Capital Index...
"...a new way of measuring economic success and gauges how much effort is being put into developing the youth. The higher the investment in education and health the more productive and higher earning the workforce tends to be, the World Bank says. African countries dominate the bottom of the index."

11 October 2018

Music, Media, Money ~ Waves of Discovation...

Visual Capitalist shares Music Revenue infographics... http://www.visualcapitalist.com/music-industry-sales/http://www.visualcapitalist.com/music-industry-sales/

Corruption Perceptions Index ~ Econographic!

The Economist Daily Chart reminds us of Corruption...
"At least 6bn people around the world live in corrupt countries, according to Transparency International’s (TI) latest ranking of perceptions of corruption in the public sector."

04 September 2018

World of Debt ~ Percentograph of Borrowings

WEF spotlights Visual Capitalist infographic on what $63 trillion of world debt looks like...
"Around the globe countries have taken to the idea of running constant deficits as the normal course of business, and too much accumulation of debt is not healthy for countries or the global economy as a whole."

26 August 2018

Totality ~ Amazing Eclipse Image from the Air!

Photographer Jon Carmichael captured an epic image of solar eclipse totality from the air! It's a photo-montage...
"Within a matter of seconds, it goes from broad daylight to completely nighttime," Carmichael recalled. "Everybody just kind of gasped and went silent. And I'm just focusing on getting these shots. [...] I took over 1,200 photos." The final image shows the eclipse just as the plane passes over the Snake River, separating Oregon from Idaho. It took close to a year after the flight for Carmichael to assemble the final print."

21 July 2018

Giant Leaps ~ Celebrate Past, Ask What's Next?

On 20 July 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong made One Giant Leap For Mankind!
"When the lunar module lands at 4:18 p.m EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remain. Armstrong radios "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Mission control erupts in celebration as the tension breaks, and a controller tells the crew "You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we're breathing again." [...] At 10:56 p.m. EDT Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin joins him shortly, and offers a simple but powerful description of the lunar surface: "magnificent desolation."

04 July 2018

Declaration of Independence ~ Worthy Reading...

Everyone should read the Declaration of Independence...
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. [And there's more!]"

03 July 2018

Pyrotechnic Injuries ~ All Are Free to Be Stupid...

Vox spotlights research from the Journal of Surgical Research which reveals The people going to the hospital for fireworks injuries are exactly who you think...
"You’ll never guess when these hospitalizations spike. Here are all the hospitalizations from 2006 to 2010 sorted by month..."
"Teenage boys and young men hurt themselves with fireworks way more than everyone else. Men and boys, overall, accounted for 76 percent of all fireworks-related hospital admissions in the study..."

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