So recently I’ve been taking a look at new forms of work including elance, odesk and of course well known micro-commerce sites like threadless, etsy, and those periodic sales on ebay… What is interesting is how this article shows these are all part of a larger shift in the way we work which encourages a more mobile, project based workforce.
Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and his team studied the mobility patterns of anonymous cell-phone users and concluded that, despite the common perception that our actions are random and unpredictable, human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns. The team’s research is published in the current issue of Science magazine. Barabási, who is also director of Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research, and his team studied the real-time trajectory of 100,000 anonymous cell-phone users. We now know that when it comes to processes driven by human mobility—such as epidemic modeling, urban planning, and traffic engineering—it is scientifically possible to predict people’s movement.
An interesting take on the social science of digital music which uses Locke’s perspective on ownership of property to argue that companies will need to consider ways to add context to technologies which become increasingly untouchable.
The death of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) marks an important milestone in e-health and health-care IT as one of its more vigorous champions is now gone. Since the Kennedy brothers went to my high school and were I feel amongst our strongest leaders as a country I feel a special sense of sorrow with his passing. Indeed in listening to Obama‘s eulogy I reflected that as Obama said “For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts”. Recently he sponsored the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which includes $19 billion for health IT advancement and funding to promote healthcare, medical research and the study of comparative effectiveness treatments. Fortunately the roadmap he has put into place will allow major investments in healthcare IT and reform. Now, it is time for us to continue his legacy.
An article in Boston Glove magazine charts the curious trend away from real human interaction towards entirely digitally mediated ones and notes the importance of being un reachable at times which is becoming increasingly difficult