Getting Mental Highs off of a Near Miss

I’m reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and among many interesting things, one in particular struck me. There is a section about gambling, and Duhigg writes about Near Misses — when your slot machines ALMOST hits the jackpot, when that ‘7’ is just one line too low. And, of course, this is all bullshit because…

Digital Collectivism. Are you In?

Seems we all want to share in something — especially if it helps us save money these days. Enter Digital Collectivism. Who said digital is tearing us apart and making us less social? It’s quite the opposite in this case, as online interactions and connections are inspiring in-person interactions. This is a hybrid of pragmatism and altruism.…

An App to Replace Drs? It Could be…

MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a mobile-phone application that, coupled with a small plastic device held over the screen, can determine users’ eyeglass prescriptions. Now, that’s a useful app. Seems we are moving away from the world of pointless but fun apps to a utilitarian approach. Called NETRA or near-eye tool for refractive assessment, the system…