11 November 2018

Causes of Death ~ Global Disease Burden by Age

The Lancet published Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality for 282 causes of death in 195 countries and territories, 1980–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 summarizing causes of human death...
"Deaths due to communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional causes continue to decline, while deaths from non-communicable diseases increase and injury deaths are stable. Declines in death rates of some non-communicable diseases have slowed or ceased. […] Non-communicable diseases remain the leading causes of death globally, and their burden is rising."
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32203-7/fulltext

28 October 2018

Future Commerce ~ Fall 2018 H2 Seminar...

This Tuesday 10/30/2018 from 1-2:30pm is the introductory kickoff class session of our half-semester 6-unit Future Commerce seminar in the MIT Media Lab room E14-244. Please spread the word! Listeners & cross-registrants welcome.  We explore emerging technologies that will transform financial services.  Our top thematic areas include:
  • Money ~ Blockchain-based digital currencies; novel barter platforms; peer-to-peer technologies; 
  • Markets ~ Wisdom of crowds & prediction markets; fraud meets flash crashes; network-enabled markets; Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs);
  • Transactions & Marketplaces ~ Marketplace stack of identity, reputation, marketplace, money; the foundation of assets over IP; how blockchain, mobile platforms and digital currencies give inclusive access;
  • Infrastructure ~ Identity, Security & Privacy challenges; cybersecurity; anti-money laundering (AML) and Know Your Client (KYC) rules;
  • AI & Emerging Technologies ~ Understanding the impacts of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies on financial services.
http://mitfuturecommerce.org/
Scheduled guest speakers include Yaniv Altshuler, CEO Endor; Snejina Zacharia, CEO Insurify; Jeremy Allaire, CEO Circle; Meltem Demirors, CSO CoinShares; Prof. Alex Pentland, Connection Science & Human Dynamics; Clara Durodié, Chair, Cognitive Finance Group; Will Graylin, CEO OVLoop; Amias Gerety, Partner, QED / fmr U.S. Treasury Dept.

27 October 2018

Pearl Supercity ~ River Delta Conurbation!

The recent opening of world's longest (55km) sea-crossing bridge between Hong Kong + Macao + Zhuhai completes the southern connection linking a half-dozen Chinese megacities into a ~70M+ inhabitant supercity as Visual Capitalist shows... http://www.visualcapitalist.com/pearl-river-delta-megacity-2020/

25 October 2018

Moral Machines ~ Discovering Ethical Views...

Nature published The Moral Machine experiment results...
"Before we allow our cars to make ethical decisions, we need to have a global conversation to express our preferences to the companies that will design moral algorithms, and to the policymakers that will regulate them. The Moral Machine was deployed to initiate such a conversation, and millions of people weighed in from around the world. [...] an online experimental platform designed to explore the moral dilemmas faced by autonomous vehicles. This platform gathered 40 million decisions in ten languages from millions of people in 233 countries and terri tories. [...] Geolocation allowed us to identify the country of residence of Moral Machine respondents, and to seek clusters of countries with homogeneous vectors of moral preferences."
Here's the summary visualization of results... https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0637-6

15 October 2018

Moral Matrix ~ Libs vs Cons Outlook Differences...

Jon Miltimore in FEE writes about social psychologist Jonathan Haidt's attempts to understand and explain human morality and, in particular...
"...the five primary categories that serve as our moral foundation:
  1. Care/harm ~ an ability to feel (and dislike) the pain of others; underlies virtues of kindness, gentleness, and nurturance. 
  2. Fairness/reciprocity ~ the evolutionary process of reciprocal altruism; generates ideas of justice, rights, and autonomy. 
  3. Loyalty/betrayal ~ ability to form shifting coalitions; underlies virtues of patriotism and self-sacrifice for the group.
  4. Authority/subversion ~ hierarchical social interactions; underlies virtues of leadership and followership, legitimate authority and traditions. 
  5. Sanctity/degradation ~ psychology of disgust and contamination; underlies religious notions of striving to live in an elevated, less carnal, more noble way."
"What Haidt found is that both conservatives and liberals recognize the Harm/Care and Fairness/Reciprocity values. Liberal-minded people, however, tend to reject the three remaining foundational values -- Loyalty/betrayal, Authority/subversion, and Sanctity/degradation -- while conservatives accept them. It’s an extraordinary difference, and it helps explain why many liberals and conservatives in America think “the other side” is bonkers."
https://fee.org/articles/why-conservatives-cant-understand-liberals-and-vice-versa/?utm_content=78214046

World Economy 2017 ~ Visualizing Global GDP...

WEF spotlights Visual Capitalist infographic visualizing global GDP... https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/10/the-80-trillion-world-economy-in-one-chart

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."
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-45783166

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."
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2018/02/22/corruption-is-still-rife-around-the-world?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/

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."
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/63-trillion-of-world-debt-in-one-visualization

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."
https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/a-southwest-passenger-took-a-truly-stunning-photo-from-a-southwest-airlines-737-heres-amazing-story.html

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."
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo11.html

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!]"
https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jeffdec.html

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..."
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/3/15914160/4th-of-july-fireworks-injury-hospitalizations
"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..."
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/3/15914160/4th-of-july-fireworks-injury-hospitalizations

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."
https://howmuch.net/articles/largest-exporting-countries-2017

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
http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/15/sp18/15.376/
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