Archive for April, 2010

emotions & risks: make people aware

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

positive feelings promote risk taking—gambling in Vegas, say, or going on a shopping spree— whereas bad moods prompt protective selling or saving.

people might make better financial choices if they learned to recognize their own moods—in part by becoming more alert to the environmental cues and experiences that contribute to them—before deciding to splurge on a fancy sports car or gamble on a dicey stock.

more on the scientific american

The Possibilities of Real Time Data

Monday, April 19th, 2010

interesting meeting in london. video of the event here. temporary twitter stream under #prtd.

@tobybarnes presented @chromaroma (web). it’s a multiplayer game using your oyster data (they scrape it from your card i guess). it’s a game you can play on your own, or as part of a team. the main idea is that one  individual could benefit from seeing his own data. it  makes one aware of the time he spends walking or using public transportion, and it does so in playful way: one is able to look at his achievement (quickest journeys;  tube stations he owns) or at which of his friends touched in/out from a tube station. one could also build alliances with fellow passengers that share their journeys.

finally, interesting discussion on privacy. the problem is not to push people to share more personal data but is to educate them in “correct” ways of sharing. often people tend to over-share (see please rob me)!!!