The Sorcereres and Their Apprentices, by Frank Moss

7: The Age of Agency

... in which new technologies empower individuals to take more control over their health, wealth and happiness.

Q. Do you know who is the one person in the world who could cure our critically ill healthcare system?

A.  You!!!

That’s what we believe passionately at the MIT Media Lab, where we are developing technologies that put ordinary people in control of their health in ways previously thought impossible. Even  doctors, clinicians and healthcare organizations are buying into our revolutionary approaches. 

  • See how conversational agents, social robots and other super-smart technologies are putting average people—us—on an equal footing with the experts.
  • Visit the doctor’s office of the future, where you and your doctor sit side-by-side and collaborate on managing your health, using a big screen of information that you share.
  • Check out Autom, a social robot that helps you to stay on your diet – and a fork that helps you control overeating.
  • Meet Merry Miser, a smart phone app that tells you not only what to buy, but also what not to buy.

  • Read about a home device that reminds you to take your pills—and shows you what happens inside your body when you don’t.
CollaboRhythm - Redefining Healthcare Delivery Watch
NETRA: A Thermometer for the Eye Watch
Autom, the Robot Weight-Loss Coach Watch (MIT Media Lab LabCAST)
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Prototypes of Cory Kidd's Autom, a sociable robot for the home that helps people stick with their diets in the long run, under assembly in the Personal Robots workshop at the MIT Media Lab. (Photo: Sam Ogden) John Moore, M.D., of the MIT Media Lab's New Media Medicine group demonstrates an HIV disease state simulator for use by patients to increase medication adherence, with David Sengeh of the Biomechatronics group.  (Photo:  Andy Ryan Photography) Professor Rosalind Picard, head of the MIT Media Lab's Affective Computing group, demonstrates the Cardiocam medical mirror for a visitor. The Cardiocam uses biometric sensor technology to read and display the heart rate. It will soon also display blood oxygen level and blood pressure. (Photo:  Andy Ryan Photography) NETRA is an inexpensive solution for estimating refractive errors in the human eye, a leading cause of blindness and of debilitating stress and headaches. Invented by members of Professor Ramesh Raskar’s Camera Culture group at the Media Lab, NETRA offers particular promise for developing countries, where vision problems often go uncorrected due to the difficulty and expense of testing. (Photo: Andy Ryan Photography)

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