Saving you from yourself

I’m fascinated by the intersection of humans and technology. No, I’m not talking about the singularity or cloning. I’m talking about the idea of people writing code that automates processes in our everyday lives.

We used to think technology only existed to serve us. We tell it what to do and it completes the task. Siri, text my wife I’ll be home in 30 minutes.

But what if we make bad choices? How can technology help us and perhaps even save us from our bad decisions or poor habits?

These two ideas caught my eye for these reasons. The first is an elevator that prompts you to not be so lazy… and suggests you walk a flight of stairs.

The second is a breathalyzer tied to the Uber car service. You drink, we drive.

And of course there is the (not so new) idea of the self-driving car.