Untangling The Mysteries of the Brain

Dementia is a bug, not a feature of getting old.


The Boston Globe Magazine
Why are Asian-Americans crazy about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? It isn't about them.

I enjoyed the movie, but I was baffled by much of the hype around it (which I thought missed much of the hilarity of the book.) So I wrote this.

The Civicist
Techies In Politics: A New Wave Runs For Office

An article about technologists and scientists running for local office this year, and why that’s important.

Senior Living Executive
Tech Trends Aim To Address Aging's Grand Challenges

Good design is discreet ... discreet in the sense that it doesn’t take you out of the moment, out of your everyday life. This is unfortunately what technology has done to us in the past few years.
— Yves Behar, founder of the fuse project
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Senior Living Executive
Using Neuroscience and AI To Match Candidates To Careers

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The Mobilisation Lab, aka MobLab

Last fall, international aid agencies built the infrastructural equivalent of a city to accomodate a refugee population the size of Boston. These are some of the lessons learned from that experience.

More than half of the people fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh are children. Many of them came alone. Their tiny feet have spent weeks traversing jungles, rivers and sea. See into one of the spaces where they are now playing, singing and learning. Learn more and donate:


The Civicist
The Trump Resistance Will Be Incubated

The grassroots civic engagement energy stirred up by the 2016 Presidential election can seem chaotic. But local leaders are emerging.

The leaders of a non-profit angel investing and grant-making network argue that this is the moment for larger philanthropies and investors to take more risks, and to fund new kinds of projects. 

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Senior Living Executive
7 Innovations Changing The Aging Experience

Entrepreneurs around the world are waking up to the emerging market of innovations designed to enhance and enrich the lives of seniors, although these innovations can benefit many people of all ages and abilities through their application.

By 2050 in the United States alone, 83.7 million people will be 65 years old or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is almost double the 43.1 million in 2012. It’s a trend that’s occurring across the rest of the globe.

Senior living companies providing healthcare are looking to emerging technologies to become more efficient and to contain care costs, said Dan Hirschfeld, president of Genesis Rehab Services. Hirschfeld spoke at Aging 2.0’s mid-October technology and aging conference in San Francisco. Genesis is a member of this global network of entrepreneurs, investors and others who are looking to build products for this burgeoning market. “I’m looking for technologies that can transform how we deliver healthcare,” he said.

Emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt the senior healthcare market and thereby nudge service providers to improve their offerings, said Aging 2.0 Co-founder Stephen Johnston.


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Can This Texas County Fix America's Voting Problem? 

President Obama has called Donald Trump’s suggestion of a rigged 2016 presidential election “ridiculous.” But if you’re in one of the dozens of counties that rely on paperless electronic voting machines, can you trust that your vote will be counted accurately and fairly? 

It’s a question that’s dogged the U.S. election system for years, but seems more urgent now that U.S. officials suspect that Russia is trying to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections by hacking our election systems.

Dana DeBeauvoir, a spirited 62-year-old who has overseen the election process in Travis County, Texas, since 1986, has been fending off complaints about voting for decades. In recent years, most of those complaints have been about the reliability of electronic voting machines.

So one year, when a group of voting activists asked her to deliver a keynote speech at their annual conference in Washington, D.C., she decided to give them a piece of her mind. 

“I told that group, basically: ‘Shame on you for picking on, and beating up on the wrong person, and for basically only throwing rocks, and not doing anything about the problem itself. All you’re doing is picking on an administrator and contributing nothing to the solution.’ So I challenged them, and I said: ‘YOU come up with an answer to these security issues, and I’ll help build it.'”

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Federal Computer Week
How DOD embraced bug bounties, and how your agency can, too

The U.S. Department of Defense has started offering hackers bounties for legally reporting security holes in the department's Web sites. 

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Cult of Mac
How Your iPhone Will Keep The Doctors Away

Your iPhone isn’t capable of the instant diagnosis and treatment of illnesses yet, but in time it may rival the Tricorder of Star Trek fame.

Whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, to keep better track of your kids’ immunization schedule, or to provide more help to your aging parents, there’s a florid universe of apps in 2014 to help you to do it all.

Last year, more and more people used devices such as Jawbone UPNike Fuel or the FitBit Flex to track their health, fitness and dietary habits. But in 2014 and beyond, mobile health apps are going to expand well beyond that to become, as David Albert, CEO and Founder of San Francisco startup AliveCor puts it: “physician-guided self-management,” systems ...

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Why gun-owners are far more effective advocates than anyone else.

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Internet Privacy: Are Lawmakers Thinking About It All Wrong?

An update on how some commercial companies and others are trying to wrestle with the complicated issue of online consumer privacy. 

Federal Computer Week
Delivering on The Promise of Big Data

A story about how several U.S. federal agencies are leveraging the concept of 'big data' to operate in a smarter fashion.  

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Cult of Mac

With the touch of a button, Apple’s iPhone 5s will change the mobile industry. And it just may simplify your life.

Thanks to its insanely simple implementation in the phone’s home button, Apple has taken the first big step toward making its mobile devices even more central to the daily process of more efficiently managing the security-dependent details of our daily lives.

“The phone will just be the lock to the cloud and you will be the key.”

Industry pundits told Cult of Mac that if consumers take to the technology, it will be an important move towards making the phone the key to unlocking dozens of interactions in our lives – everything from logging into our email and social networks with a touch of a finger to paying for purchases both large and small, to managing home security networks and timing the sprinklers in our backyards.

“All of the credentials that you carry around in your wallet – your corporate ID card, your parking pass, your credit cards, your debit cards, your boarding passes, your driving license, they’re all based on the same idea,” says Jay Meier, vice president of corporate development for BIO-key, a decade-old fingerprint authentication company whose technology is used by everyone from the FBI and the federal court system to companies such as IBM. “Driving a car, getting into a building, crossing a border, getting a revolving line of credit – they all represent the privilege of being able to do something and all of that is migrating onto the phone.”

So what else will biometric authentication enable and what’s in it for you?

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GGMG- Golden Gate Mothers Group Magazine
Time to Dig In for ... A 220-Year Drought? 

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Photo courtesy: Atomic Hotlinks

When GGMG member Connie Chan takes her two-year-old son Edo out to the park in San Francisco, she’s resigned to the fact that the water features in the city’s playgrounds are off for the foreseeable future, and that some of the lawns are turning a shade of brown.

Twenty miles away in Hillsborough, retired businessman Jim Felker frets over the impact that the state’s mandatory drought cutbacks will have on the value of his property. A thousand plants and shrubs live on just over half an acre of his garden.


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GGMG- Golden Gate Mothers Group Magazine
Making It In San Francisco

Photo: Flickr/Dave Wilson

Photo: Flickr/Dave Wilson

Survival strategies of families living in an increasingly expensive city.  

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Obama’s Secret Weapons: Internet, Databases and Psychology

I spent two years tracking Barack Obama's bid for the White House for Wired. This was one of the many stories I wrote about how his team combined online and offline tactics to pull off one of the most unlikely victories in decades.

The piece inspired NPR's On The Media to do their own piece on why this campaign was so remarkable for its time.  

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Muni WiFi Powers Hope At San Francisco Housing Project

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Westside Courts is a bleak concrete housing project in the city's Western Addition where violence is closer than a high-speed net connection, and one resident's first steps online include plans to create a memorial for the people who've died here.

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Yahoo's Presidential 'Mashup Debate' Won't Support Mashups

Yahoo's Democratic debate later this week has been billed as "the first-ever online-only presidential mashup." But on the eve of the debate, Yahoo has decided not to support citizen remixing of the footage -- reducing the once-bold experiment to little more than a fancy online version of an on-demand cable television offering.

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