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Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How by John Havens

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By John Havens

In Hacking Happiness, futurist and contributing Mashable author John C. Havens introduces you in your “quantified self”—your electronic id represented through gigabytes of information made from monitoring your actions in your cellphone and desktop. Harvested through megacorporations reminiscent of Google, fb, and Amazon, Havens argues that businesses assemble this knowledge due to its substantial monetary price, encouraging a tradition of “sharing” as they hoard the knowledge in line with our lives for personal financial gain.

But there's an alternative choice to this electronic dystopia. rising applied sciences may help us reclaim this worthy facts for ourselves, so they can without delay take advantage of the insights associated with our quantified selves. while, sensors in smartphones and wearable units can help us song our feelings to enhance our wellbeing and fitness in response to the technology of confident psychology. Havens proposes that those developments will bring about new fiscal guidelines that redefine the that means of “wealth,” permitting governments to create coverage fascinated by goal instead of productivity.

An concerns booklet highlighting the advantages of an tested existence within the electronic international, this well timed paintings takes the trepidation out of the technological renaissance and illustrates how the culmination of the knowledge Age can increase our lives for a happier humanity.

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Could it be that my salty old car mechanic got it wrong after all? Maybe you can have it done good, fast, and cheap, no compromises necessary. But maybe he wasn’t wrong. There’s more to the story than at first meets the eye. Mass production is riddled with hidden costs and delays. If you consider the big picture from the perspective of a company rather than the consumer, mass production is not cheap. Nor is the process of transforming a design concept into a mass-produced product particularly fast.

Perhaps one day, 3D printed robotic life forms will emerge from the printer complete with batteries, sensors, and circuit-brain already inside. New-born 3D printed robots will take their first hesitant baby steps out of the print bed and put their electronic circuitry to work learning their way around. Perhaps someday 3D printed robots will return to their 3D printer to invent new features for their “birth machine,” for a health check, to recalibrate or replace printed parts. Faxing things The ultimate convergence will arrive when we effortlessly shape-shift between being physical and being virtual, when physical objects smoothly transition from bits to atoms and atoms to bits.

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