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From coworking to a smart city.

January 2nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

This year is the 10th anniversary of my decision to devote myself to the creation of the models of social changes. After banging my head against the wall, trying to scale the default coworking business model, I realized that only city-wide catalyst models such as smart city can survive and are ones of the pillars […]



No cash needed at this cafe. Students pay the tab with their personal data

October 14th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

At Shiru Cafe in Providence, R.I., students “pay” for coffee, but not with money. Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no […]



Culturally sensitive robots are here to care for the elderly

October 2nd, 2018 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Humans are living longer, healthier lives. That’s great, but there’s a downside — the growing elderly population requires an entire industry of (expensive) caregivers, and we’ll likely need even more of them in the future. Care robots might be able to do some of that work. Researchers suspect robots could help elderly people with everything […]



India’s bodybuilding boom reflects a nation coming of age

September 9th, 2018 at 8:49 pm » Comments Off

A group of twenty-something guys are crammed into a small room, flexing their muscles and applying thick layers of fake tan on dark brown skin. It’s approaching 40°C outside but, inside this windowless pen, it’s hard to breathe. Sweat is running freely and the air is thick with a tang of muscle spray as guys […]



One of Estonia’s first “e-residents” explains what it means to have digital citizenship

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first […]



Is death our only option?