“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
The human brain remains one of the least understood structures in the natural world. Yet over the past two decades, researchers have developed a growing kit of remarkable tools that are beginning to shed new light on the inner workings of our most complex organ.
As humans, we are driven to seek ever-deeper understandings of both the world around us and
the world within us.
A growing number of us do just that by tracking the hours we sleep, the calories we eat, the miles we run, and many other types of inputs, states, and measures of performance.
Sensors are inherently of their context: the physical context they sense and the human one they often infer, but also of the corporations that manufacture them, and the organizations that install them and base decisions on the supposedly objective data that they create.
They’re everywhere. We attach them to our wrists, embed them into our medical devices, and mount them onto the lampposts that dot every block of our city. Some sensing technologies capture our imagination and attract our constant attention. Yet many go unnoticed, their insides packed with unknowable electronic components, ceaselessly counting, measuring, and transmitting. For what purpose, or to whose gain, is often unclear.
The Oxygen Gap
Rwanda and Kenya experience an infant mortality rate that is eight to ten times greater than that of the U.S. The top six causes are all related to respiratory failure, and in many cases these deaths are avoidable if patients receive proper ventilation and oxygen. However, access to oxygen in east Africa is limited, expensive and unreliable.
On a daily basis, frogs email tidbits of knowledge in the form of a podcast recommendation or an article link. We're constantly listening to the musings around us and believe keeping a list of podcasts, articles, and magazines is beneficial to our intellectual diet. So, we decided to pose a simple question to frogs around the world: What do you read? Below you'll find a list of the top five books, websites, podcasts, periodicals, and blogs we consume and love.
What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.
We should expect another digital revolution, or two, or three. In fact, I would like to think we could plot them like stops on a subway line, or – introducing free will – cities on a map.
After more than 50 years under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is just beginning to open up to be a free and democratic nation. The people of Myanmar currently face challenges and complexity that vastly exceed the creative resources available to address them. Point B Design + Training (pointB), a partner of frog, is leveraging this unique time and context to change the story of Myanmar from seeing problems to creating new possibilities.
I’ll admit it. I was ready to dislike the new FOX and National Geographic series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. You don’t mess with a man’s childhood memories.
On February15th, frog Milan hosted the 3rd annual World Information Architecture Day: a global sharing of experience and vision among the IA community. Taking place in 24 cities on 6 continents, the Milan event attracted 120 enthusiastic participants to frog’s studio for a day of sharing and collaboration themed “Design for a Better Everyday.”
Article Insights Sensing
The programmable world is already here. Are we ready for it?