Crowdsourcing Your Health

In this short talk from TEDxMaastricht, Singularity University faculty member Lucien Engelen discusses how technologies are enabling us to crowdsource our health. He begins by describing the Withings blood pressure monitor and scale, which he uses to record his weight and then publicly share it via Twitter to get positive reinforcement for healthy lifestyle behaviors. He then describes his team's work on AED4.us, a tool that crowdsources the mapping of all AEDs in a city (a similar app, MyHeartMap, was developed by a team of University of Pennsylvania computer scientists and emergency physicians).

Check it out for yourself below:


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