There’s been plenty of oohing and ahhing over the opening of New York’s Museum of Math, and for good reason. It’s remarkable how fun math can be in the hands of the right curator. To wit: The inaugural installation by artist and perceptual scientist Matthew Brand. Brand is the inventor of something called the specular hologram, a type of optical illusion that tricks your eye into thinking a 2-D object is 3-D.
A handful of leaders in health data suggest that data-driven personalized health approaches could achieve mainstream adoption in five years, with some saying valuable but intermittent work could happen even sooner.
For now, the applications of personal health data are mostly the stuff of “Quantified Self” hobbyists and experimental research. But some say it may not be too long before personal health data becomes a powerful part of the mainstream clinical experience.
Will.i.am is working with Simon Cowell to develop an “X Factor for tech,” the singer told a technology conference in London, according to The Telegraph.
Technology has become increasingly prevalent in pop culture, with startup founders now starring in consumer ad campaigns for marketers including Best Buy, Virgin America Airways, J. Crew and The Gap. Bravo is preparing to air a reality show called “Silicon Valley,” executive produced by Randi Zuckerberg. And Steve Jobs is a bigger role model in the U.K. than Beyonce, a recent survey found.
But will the public be interested in a televised search for the next tech genius?
“It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics,” said Will.i.am, who wrote about creativity and marketing for Ad Age last fall and is director for creative innovation at Intel.
In the left, the original Jansen’s mechanism with it’s walking curve, and in the right, a simplified version.
A la izquierda, el mecanismo original de Jansen y su “curva de caminata”, y a la derecha una versión simplificada.
Blending the line between art and engineering, Theo Jansen (PopTech 2005), a Dutch visual artist creates “life” in the form of “animals” that walk the beach in the Netherlands.
Meet the whiz kids of the Intel science fair
These impressive high school students focused on solving medical issues, providing a small snapshot of the 40 finalists who will participate in the Intel Science Talent Search this week.
At PopTech 2010 we heard from Palestinian students Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, and Asil Shaar and their teacher Jameela Khaled, who, inspired to help a blind friend navigate the streets of their West Bank refugee camp, designed a cane that beeps and vibrates, which won an award at Intel’s 2010 International Science and Engineering Fair.