Dan's Mind

just a piece of my mind :P

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emergentfutures:

The age of loneliness is killing us


When Thomas Hobbes claimed that in the state of nature, before authority arose to keep us in check, we were engaged in a war “of every man against every man”, he could not have been more wrong. We were social creatures from the start, mammalian bees, who depended entirely on each other. The hominins of east Africa could not have survived one night alone. We are shaped, to a greater extent than almost any other species, by contact with others. The age we are entering, in which we exist apart, is unlike any that has gone before.
Three months ago we read that loneliness has become an epidemic among young adults. Now we learn that it is just as great an affliction of older people. A study by Independent Age shows that severe loneliness in England blights the lives of 700,000 men and 1.1m women over 50, and is rising with astonishing speed.


Full Story: The Guardian

emergentfutures:

The age of loneliness is killing us

When Thomas Hobbes claimed that in the state of nature, before authority arose to keep us in check, we were engaged in a war “of every man against every man”, he could not have been more wrong. We were social creatures from the start, mammalian bees, who depended entirely on each other. The hominins of east Africa could not have survived one night alone. We are shaped, to a greater extent than almost any other species, by contact with others. The age we are entering, in which we exist apart, is unlike any that has gone before.

Three months ago we read that loneliness has become an epidemic among young adults. Now we learn that it is just as great an affliction of older people. A study by Independent Age shows that severe loneliness in England blights the lives of 700,000 men and 1.1m women over 50, and is rising with astonishing speed.

Full Story: The Guardian

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futurescope:

Make it Wearable: Smart Glove

This is final-contestant no. 6 from 10 in the INTEL Make It Wearable (MIW) Challenge. ProGlove is a wearable tool targeted at professional production processes and enables its wearer to work faster and efficient.

ProGlove is a sensor-based “smart glove” that can boost productivity for manufacturing jobs. When it comes to heavy manufacturing, Team ProGlove had no doubts that the best tools were still human hands—but that increases in material complexity meant that often, a whole host of sensors, scanners, and cumbersome other technologies were required to aid in getting the job done. With an embedded Intel Edison module, and an on-board display, ProGlove allows wearers to scan, sense, and submerse themselves in their labor, putting an immersive, ingenious spin on the idea of “tasks at hand.”

[Pro Glove] [The Creators Project]

(vía emergentfutures)

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buzz:

"But [angel investor Ron Conway] took a turn for the serious, warning the enthusiastic crowd that “you have to be willing to work 24/7.” He then went a step further, solemnly claiming, “Dating someone or married: warn them that they’re not first in line, that you have this vocation, that your duty is to your company. It has to be that fanatical.”

Ron Conway’s Advice for Young Founders at YC’s Startup School

(Fuente: thesimpsonswayoflife, vía emergentfutures)