To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne,...– Jonathan Franzen, as quoted by Paul Ford in: Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?
When Computers Come Between Doctors and Patients -...
But now that the computer is impeding the intimacy normally achieved during the talking part of the visit, I find that I rely on the physical exam more. Once the patient and I have broken free from confines of the desk, with its dictatorial PC, we have a more comfortable realm, that of touch. As soon as there is skin-to-skin connection, conversation flows more easily. In the absence of a machine...
Goodness has nothing to do with it: Utilitarians... →
utnereader: (via The Economist) In the grand scheme of things Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill are normally thought of as good guys. Between them, they came up with the ethical theory known as utilitarianism. The goal of this theory is encapsulated in Bentham’s aphorism that “the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.” Which all sounds...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-25) →
David Bazan (5) Joan Of Arc (1) Braid (1) Matt Pond PA (1) Colossal (1) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Paul Pangaro offers a critique of design thinking grounded in a cybernetic perspective. He argues that conversations are the heart and substance of all design practice, and shows how a cadence of designed conversations is an effective means for us to comprehend, and perhaps even begin to tame, our wicked problems. Rethinking Design Thinking - Paul Pangaro - PICNIC ‘10
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-18) →
Grateful Dead (12) Beirut (9) Broken Social Scene (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (4) The Black Keys (3) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Patagonia Launches eBay Storefront to Buy, Sell... →
unconsumption: Patagonia always had a reputation for making durable, low-impact outdoor apparel, but the California label is taking its sustainable ethos one step further with the launch of Common Threads, an initiative that seeks to help consumers, well, consume less. Together with online-auction website eBay, Patagonia created a virtual swap meet on Wednesday for buying and selling used...
The new buzzword in marketing: Ethnography
He points out that the term is bandied about – incorrectly – to describe all kinds of qualitative consumer research these days, and that it ultimately: Must be more than observational Must be comparative Must use a cultural frame to provide a deep “insider’s point of view.” via: The Globe and Mail
The Rise of Electronic Medicine - Technology...
In my opinion, a golden age of electronic medicine is now dawning. And just in time. The U.S. currently expends 18 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, and that is hurting America’s position in the world marketplace. Health-care IT can bend that cost curve by ensuring that patients receive the right care (not too little or too much) at the right time, and by improving...