5@5: The Intersection of Future Tech + Modern Life

For your 5@5, in case you missed it, check out 5 articles I found on the intersection of future technology and modern life from Quartz, Palantir, Works That Work, The Atlantic: CityLab, and Uncubed.

Quartz: The 17 best drone videos that gave a whole new perspective to 2014

According to ProCon.org, the first use of “drones” (in this case, “pilotless balloons armed with bombs”) was in 1849. Fast forward 150+ years and it’s 2002 in Afghanistan. Drones are something you’ve associated with warfare and weaponry, and now: photography, too!


Palantir: Food For Thought: Improving Farmer Livelihoods on 3 Continents

Grameen Foundation and Palantir teamed up on starting to tackle the obviously wicked problem of food insecurity and the livelihood of farmers in India, Columbia, and Uganda. They are using data and technology to help understand the challenges better and then help them develop better practices and processes to face those challenges.

Works That Work: An Ancient Design in a Modern Age


What’s old is new again and what’s new is old. I have often said that we have not “discovered” anything new, no, the age of discovery in that sense may be over (at least broadly), but the ability to refashion, re-imagine, to re-invent that which came before with better materials, broader usage and spread, and with better understanding is what makes the “Information Age” that we are in so worthwhile.

The Atlantic: It Turns Out That Millennials Do Drive

Remember all that hullabaloo that we heard about how Millennials not only don’t drive but are shunning driving? [See: The Washington Post, The Tennessean, The Baltimore Sun, Fast Company, NPR, and there are many more]. Perhaps a little “oversimplified”? Some counter-evidence to a ‘fact’.

Uncubed: LED light fixture Sunn promises to get us back in rhythm


Have you ever tried to get some sleep in the middle of Times Square at 2 in the morning? Probably not a successful endeavor, perhaps due to the fact that it’s so lit up it’s visible from space!

ScienceDaily defines a circadian rhythm as the 24-hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings. Most of us have heard about it, generally in the aspect of our sleep cycles and how that affects our attention, our activity, and our moods. This new product from Sunn is all about how we can manage our circadian rhythms a little better.



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