2012 Humanizing Technology Prize – The Winners
Jason Gots is a New York-based writer, editor, and podcast producer. For Big Think, he writes (and sometimes illustrates) the blog "Overthinking Everything with Jason Gots" and is the creator and host of the "Think Again" podcast. In previous lives, Jason worked at Random House Children's Books, taught reading and writing to middle schoolers and community college students, co-founded a theatre company (Rorschach, in Washington, D.C.), and wrote roughly two dozen picture books for kids learning English in Seoul, South Korea. He is also the proud father of an incredibly talkative and crafty little kid.
Since April, we've been exploring the intersection of humanity and technology in our Humanizing Technology series, an online expo in partnership with Bing. Without a doubt, the series has had an ethical slant – a focus not only on what's new and cool, but on technologies (or uses of technology) that improve our lives.
In addition to interviewing technological wizards and theorists like Jaron Lanier, we've been identifying nominees for the Humanizing Technology Prize, to be awarded at For Humankind, a real-world, pop-up expo taking place this weekend (June 29 - 31) in New York City. Many of these were submitted online by Big Think users.
To qualify, nominated technologies needed to:
2012 Humanizing Technology Prize: The Winners
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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