In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to “optimise” his life through sensors that track his heart rate, respiration and sleep cycle. In Copenhagen, a bus running two minutes behind schedule transmits its location and passenger count to the municipal traffic signal network, which extends the time of the green light at each of the next three intersections long enough for its driver to make up some time. In Davao City in the Philippines, an unsecured webcam overlooks the storeroom of a fast food stand, allowing anyone to peer in on all its comings and goings. What links these wildly different circumstances is a vision of connected devices now being sold to us as the “internet of things”. The technologist Mike Kuniavsky, a pioneer of this idea, characterises it as a state of being in which “computation and data communication [are] embedded in, and distributed through, our entire environment”. I prefer to see it for what it is: the colonisation of … [Read more...] about Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?
The INSIDER Summary: • The way you treat your body in your 20s can affect your health for decades. • INSIDER asked three doctors and a dietitian what young people can do now to stay healthy in the long run. • Their advice is to limit harmful toxins and screen time, plus pay attention to your mental health.• Don't forget to make healthier choices and get more sleep, too. Most 20-somethings aren't thinking hard about their long-term health, but they might want to start — and soon. "In your 20s, frankly, you're pretty protected against health problems because youth is such a powerful tonic," David Katz, MD, director of Y ale University's Prevention Research Center told INSIDER. "You can get away with a lot of stuff. On the other hand, that won't be true for the decades that follow." INSIDER spoke with three physicians and one dietitian — all members of the True Health Initiative — and found out that the health habits you form in your first … [Read more...] about 8 things everyone in their 20s should start doing for their health