Where Einstein Meets Edison

‘Kung-fu’-ting on the Copenhagen Metro

‘Kung-fu’-ting on the Copenhagen Metro

Apr 13, 2011

  People are not rational creatures when it comes to commuting.  Despite a 200% automobile tax ($60,000 for a $20,000 car), sky-high gas prices of about $6 per gallon, and the highest parking rates in the world, 38% of Copenhageners commute to work by car, among the highest of their European peers with Berliners at 12%.  The Copenhagen Metro,...

For Every 3 Things We Try, At Least 2 Will Fail

For Every 3 Things We Try, At Least 2 Will Fail

Feb 23, 2011

After 4 months of research and development, this was the moment we had been waiting for – a twelve-year old kid in Phnom Penh grinning widely and listening to our first audio story shared on Cambodian soil, Ratha’s Dengue Fever, a cautionary tale about the consequences of not sleeping in a bednet at night.   The only problem is that we couldn’t...

A Radio is a (Substitute) Teacher

A Radio is a (Substitute) Teacher

Jan 12, 2011

How do you scale up education in a place where teachers are present in less than half of the classrooms? This is the question facing educators in Cambodia, a place still haunted by the ghosts of the Khmer Rouge which wiped out one-forth of the population (~2 million people) and 90% of the teachers a generation ago.  The obvious answer is to train more...

The Power of Personal Mobility Tracking

The Power of Personal Mobility Tracking

Nov 23, 2010

Some people have a problem with privacy but I am not one of them.  It might be my shameless penchant for publicity but what it does mean is that I am fearless about trying new technologies that invade my personal space.  To put my anti-privacy fervor to the test, I decided to do something everyday humans are only starting to be able to do: track my...