Technology and Relationships

iron lung
I found myself really fascinated by this article about the development of respiratory ventilators. It does a really good job in walking the reader through the history of the development of medical apparatuses to support breathing. Two things really stuck out for me. The first is that the first major hurdle in developing these types of devices was a conceptual one -- and not a technological one. In order to help patients breathe, we needed to understand how breathing works. The lungs r...
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NYPD’s COMSAT and Ed Tech

I spent some time this morning listening to the great Reply All podcast two-part series called The Crime Machine. You should listen to both parts. Part 1 and Part 2. This series told the story of CompStat, a system built by the NYPD in the 90's in order to help make crime and crime patterns visible in actionable ways and which evolved to end up eating and dominating the system that built it. To my mind, it's a story of good intentions, positive outcomes, and unintended consequences. Ed Tech an...
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Signal and Noise Presentation

Here are the slides for a presentation I just gave at the UN NG Committee on the Rights of Children called "Signal and Noise: The Complex Relationship between Technology and Education." [slideshare id=83728068&doc=signalandnoise-171209144905] And here is the audio of the talk. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/367156430" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&am...
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