Author Archives: simon roberts

7 things about technology that an ageing charity might need to know

Last week I gave a talk to the board of Helpage International, a large, very global ageing charity. I had a ‘simple’ brief. Talk to a very varied board – with members from Sri Lanka, USA, Latin America, India, Sri … Continue reading

Tea shops, chat and the world disclosed

Last weekend’s FT piece about ‘ideas conferences’ by James Crabtree in the FT, reminded me of a post I wrote over 7 years ago on Indian tea shops, the internet and blogging. The blog for Ideas Bazaar (version 1) is … Continue reading

Facebook Demographics Infographic

via Given my interest in Facebook, maybe I should be on it? 

Blog post: Innovation, Ageing and Healthcare – a talk

Here's a talk on innovation in healthcare that I gave this afternoon at Imperial Business School to Professor James Barlow's students. I hope they found it useful. Innovation in Healthcare I've been interacting with James for a few years now. He's … Continue reading

Nudging Older Drivers

  ILC-UK, a London based think tank that focus exclusively on ageing related matters, launched a report today on older drivers. Specifically, it addresses how ideas from the ‘nudge’ agenda can be applied to the self-regulation of older drivers.  The … Continue reading

Facebook: No country for old men?

I’ve been banging on for ages about the massive rise in the use of Facebook by older people. I’ve been posing as an advertisier and tracking the audience reach Facebook claims to provide to over 65s for over three years … Continue reading

Asimov and the internet

For all those who love the history of the past's ideas about the future: "Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, … Continue reading

The alternative packaging of desire

I like this  plundering of the pharmaceutical 'semiosphere' to create packaging for a mythical chocolate brand  - source unknown I'm afraid…. [Update, here's a link to more, including Bochox]    

Solitude and Sociality?

 "It is what the internet lures out of us – hubris, daydreams, avarice, obsessions – that makes it so potent and so volatile. TV's power is serenely impervious; it does all the talking, and we can only listen or turn … Continue reading

How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

“Everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it; … Continue reading

From 'post-it note porn' to re-invented public services

Over the last five years or more I have sat in many workshops, seminars, discussion and found myself getting wound up by yet another, somewhat self-congratulatory presentation featuring another user-centred technique for co-something – collaborating, co-discovering, co-creating, co-inventing etc… Such … Continue reading

Death, Digital Remains and the Network

Image Courtesy of Michele Gauler's Digital Remains project Three recent things, and something I cam across a few years back collide in what seems like an emergent interest in what happens to our digital lives, profiles and data when we die. … Continue reading

Quick Hits Work Week 1

One habit, and one trend, make the idea of doing a round of the week's activities seem like quite a good idea. The habit: For the last five years I have written and / or collated my own and others' … Continue reading

Things to Watch in 2011

I’m always more than a little wary of ‘trends predictions’ in whatever form they manifest themselves – be it in Saturday supplements or marketing companies. But this piece from JWT Intelligence looks interesting and some of the predictions for 2010 … Continue reading

Beyond a 'market of pilots': EU report on technology for healthy ageing

As the world gets older, faster, and suffers from growing (nay, epidemic) levels of chronic disease and its health and social care systems shudder under the strain people are getting interested in the role that technology might play in lending … Continue reading

Facebook the Casino

Nice piece in latest Technology Review comparing Facebook to Diaspora, the new minimalist, Dunbarian social network. Facebook is like a casino: garish, crowded, distracting, designed to lure you in and keep you there far longer than you ever intended. (The … Continue reading

The Future of the Book (as seen by IDEO)

Interesting video of 3 future book concepts made by IDEO. Seems to me that much of what they propose already exists, just not in one device or set of seamless interactions. Still – a thought provoking set of ideas on … Continue reading

links for 2010-11-17

Events of interest to the Wired editorial team (Wired UK) – November 2010 Wired Event calendar. Nice (tags: events conferences diary) About Nice links about smart homes and smart home projects. (tags: design home smarthome bookchapter) FT.com / Technology / … Continue reading

links for 2010-09-27

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism : The New Yorker "In other words, Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated … Continue reading

links for 2010-09-14

The slow death of Dopplr | Technology | guardian.co.uk Whodunnit? Nokia or was the idea itself lacking a certain something. I always argued the latter. (tags: Dopplr business start-ups Nokia) Ron Conway’s Confidential Investment Guide: The Tech Megatrends (tags: business … Continue reading

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