In the future, you’ll be able to figure out what’s wrong with you (or your child) simply by scanning them with your cell phone. In the present, two companies are racing to make the first prototype.
Phonebooks are a useless relic of the past that have--against all odds--continued to waste space and destroy trees. At least one artist has at least found some beauty in them.
It’s hard for some people to wrap their heads around the idea of not burning anything to get their heat, but at Indiana’s Ball State, the entire campus will soon be heated and cooled by nothing more than heat from the ground.
A lack of hard financial numbers makes it hard for western lenders and investors to work with entrepreneurs in the developing world. A new piece of software called InSight lets companies track expenses via text message, opening them up to interest from global markets.
The world economy is rapidly reorienting toward a growing middle class in the global East and South. And social innovators should follow, helping to aggregate consumer and citizen power to create change.
What if a computer could accurately grade student essays? It could change the way we test students (and the way they’re taught). And a new $100,000 competition is trying to spark auto-grading innovation.
Because they made giving as easy as buying a song on iTunes, text-based donations were a huge source of money for Haiti after the earthquake. Is this new impulse toward giving going to change philanthropy for the better or make people even more alienated from the problems they think they’re fixing?