Friday, March 06, 2015

Laboratory of human behavior...

"A laboratory of human behavior the likes of which we've never seen."

That's actually a description of a social media company. You can hear more in this fantastic Radio Lab podcast, The Trust Engineers, which Andrew Zolli of PopTech Means of Data Science for Social Good helped to create.

The idea of a social media company as laboratory of human behavior is provocative enough to push us to ask, where does science get done? Citizen science, wearable technology, remote sensors - perhaps we've turned the whole world into a lab of human behavior.

There's surely more to come - with virtual reality and the blockchain two predictable next digital frontiers for civil society. 

If the whole world's a lab, have you opted in to be a research subject? And have you thought about Values Aligned Technology?

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