I got Jezz Bezos and Larry Smarr to have dinner

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In my imaginary, I booked a table at a restaurant in Seattle. Canlis? Maybe. I invited Jeff and Larry to a meal. To talk about the coming together of the kinds of things they have been talking about. 

I did this for an epistolary podcast. LINK

I speak to a former student, nay I am badgering a former student (as you do) to collaborate with me. Are not all our students agents in an ecology of the global intellect? Well if they are then the world is a community of mentats. Speaking in tongues. For more on mentats you probably need to check out the Villeneuve version of Dune.

I have been in conversation with many people about the need, nay opportunity, for us to reimagine the world. As a though experiment? Poten tally. But also as a philosophy, an ideology of transformation that imagines a utopia. That is collectively being imagined in pockets. So we collect and fill in the gaps. Doing a form of kintsugi of disparate innovations.

The question, nay nudge, is to imagine people as agents. Who are activated and make their bodies amazing. With or without tech, people have from time immemorial been making their bodies become amazing. In aesthetic ways? Yes. But also is what it can do, such as martial arts and endurance regimes. The hidden text here is the body as a well functioning entity. NOTE that I do not use words – health, illness and disease – that can divert us for the goal of privileging the primacy of the individual and the collective. Essentially people can do a lot to make themselves more able or to make their ecosystem more conducive to producing good bodily outcomes. Just acknowledging that they do this is a useful step. 

Then to reimagine enterprises – such as tech industry – to align and be supportive of the goals and challenges of people is a cause. A worthwhile project and mission to pursue.

This garbled account in the cold goes some way to open a window into a potential space of exploration.

The Intro? I place the podcast at the beach.

The outro? The sound of me crunching through snow and ice covered ground.

The Second Pancreas Project: https://sites.google.com/view/the-second-pancreas-project/home?authuser=0

Measured Man and Larry Smarr: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/the-measured-man/309018/

TED Larry Smarr: https://youtu.be/Je8YcXQhaT4

What Bezos said in 1998:

He paints a rosy view of electronic retailing, likening it to the days before the Industrial Revolution ushered in mass production and mass merchandising, when all clothes were custom-made and small-town merchants knew what their customers liked.


The Smart Home: Can It Replace Traditional Health Care? Link: https://www.verywellhealth.com/smart-home-and-healthcare-in-the-future-4157938

15 Ways To Improve Your Health Using Technology:

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health. Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick.


By Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg

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