How (And Why) Apple’s Obsessed With Our Health

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.If you want an idea of how the phone in your pocket and watch on your wrist are trying to change you, Apple's announcements Monday are a great place to start. The company will offer new metrics for its expansive health-data monitoring system, Healthkit. Apple will begin tracking … [Read more...]

27% Of Americans Want To Restrict Human Driving

Source: The Ferenstein WireThis post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.In a new national poll, more than 1 in 4 Americans said they would support limits on humans driving cars in the near future, given the fact that robotic self-driving cars could be safer.Google says that self-driving cars will likely be … [Read more...]

Maybe Online Voting Isn’t A Pipe Dream After All

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.A team of British and American researchers have developed a hacker resistant process for online voting (PDF) called Du-Vote. The technique could theoretically allow citizens to securely cast online ballots in public elections, even if their computer is infected with malicious … [Read more...]

I Wore Suitsy For A Week—And No One Noticed

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.I spent the last week gliding around San Francisco in the now infamous “Suitsy,” an adult-sized pajama onesie disguised as a full business suit. At bars and in meetings, no one seemed to notice anything amiss. See also: This Business Suit Onesie Is Ingenious Laziness In Clo … [Read more...]

Hacking Our Brains: Motivating Others By Snatching Back Rewards

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Cognitive psychologists have refined a clever brain hack for improving performance on challenging tasks: Give people their maximum reward up front, but deduct from it when they don't hit the mark.Turns out that if we start off assuming people will live up to our highest expectations, … [Read more...]

How Self-Driving Cars Could Radically Transform Cities

A fascinating new simulation finds that self-driving cars will essentially terraform cities by eliminating 90% of cars on the roads, opening up acres of land and slashing commute times. This per a team of transportation scientists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that analyzed data on actual car trips in Lisbon, Portugal, to see how a fleet of self-driving, shared “taxibots” would change the metropolitan lan … [Read more...]

Why The Apple Watch Is A Big Nothingburger For Fitness

Over the past three years, fitness wearables have made extraordinary progress, adding features such as precise heart-rate monitoring, form tracking, and energy output. The Apple Watch has none of these features. It is, at present, perhaps the most expensive pedometer on Planet Earth. In fact, beyond a lackluster heart rate monitor, all the important fitness features of the Apple Watch are already on the iPhone: run tracking, automated … [Read more...]

Why The EU Hates Google: Its End Game Is Still A Single Search Result

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Back to the futureGoogle’s entire multi-billion dollar software utopia is designed to find the perfect search result. Back in 2005, before U.S. and EU government regulators painted Google as a monopoly, now-Chairman Eric Schmidt was quite open about the search giant’s end game. He said t … [Read more...]

How Google’s Project Fi Could Upend Wireless Service With A Simple Math Trick

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Google unveiled an ambitious new plan to take on wireless carriers Wednesday with the launch of its own wireless telecom service, Project Fi. Google CEO Larry Page is reportedly frustrated that AT&T and Verizon just haven’t been interested in building better infrastructure. So, he l … [Read more...]

Technology Could Make Tax Day Easy; Lobbying Keeps It Complicated

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.America has the technology to make Tax Day exceedingly simple. The IRS already collects financial information on what citizens earn throughout the year and can precisely estimate how much they owe automatically. All the IRS needs to do is send citizens the estimate, have them add in any … [Read more...]

Sleep Hacks: 3 Ways To Keep Your Gadgets From Ruining Your Rest

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquires, email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Electronics are wreaking havoc on our sleep. Late night reading on smartphones and tablets bombards our eyes with artificial light, tricking our brains into being alert right before we attempt to fall asleep.A recent experimental study from the Harvard Medical School found that … [Read more...]

How Government Shrinks Itself—By Investing In Technology

This post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquires, email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Techies in Silicon Valley often tell me that if they do their job right, it should cease to exist. The goal of a lot of technology is to reduce the amount of human labor necessary to get something done. A new study finds that this Silicon Valley maxim holds also true for the … [Read more...]