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When social responsibility is part of your personal brand, everyone wins
Charity work is a win-win. The cause benefits and, on ... More
Empathy and self-reference
In The Empathy Era, Belinda Parmar argues More
Amber Case on calm technology
Amber Case explores how humans and technology interact, believing that technology ... More
Seven reasons why empathy makes you better in business
The 2003 documentary The Corporation infamously compared the profile of the ... More
Do you see what I’m saying? The link between visual culture and empathy
Last month, it was revealed that emoji (picture messaging) is the fastest growing language in the UK, fuelled by the global adoption of smartphones and ...
Seconds of pleasure
A designer and researcher ponders the aesthetics of joy
Over the centuries we have played hide-and-seek with happiness. It has mastered both seduction and camouflage: the feeling speeds and slips, changes colours at the drop of a hat. Like good detectives, we have shaped the hunt into a science. Never before has so much technology been marshalled towards hauling happiness out of its refuge and scrutinising it for signs of life.
Economists count tweets to measure it. Neuroscientists shuffle Tibetan monks into MRI machines to watch it flicker yellow, like the monks' saffron robes, on a screen. We can pinpoint happiness to specific valleys in the deep grey folds of the brain. We know of a happiest country (Costa Rica) and a happiest day of the week (Saturday). But in ...
In a bid to combat information overload, first came calm technology: smart, streamlined tech that limits notifications and interruptions. Think the Apple Watch (although some believe it's actually made things worse), or Kovert, the design house that makes unobtrusive wearables.
On top of eliminating external stimuli that might cause anxiety, we've now got tech that can physiologically change our mood. The recently launched Thync lets you do this using electrical stimulation by way of a headset. For something a bit less intrusive - and ...