The Medium publication How We Get To Next is starting a series on the future of global health. This massive initial reading list is a deep dive for anybody interested in the subject.
Author James K. A. Smith is editor of Cardus Magazine. Their summer 2016 issue tackles hard questions about the relationship of technology to what it means to be human (and what theology has to say to all this). Here's an excerpt from Smith's introduction to the issue:
Technology is as old as Eden. Tools for tilling the garden were anticipations of quill pens and steam engines and the smartphone in your pocket. The first "hack" was a needle that sewed together Adam and Eve's fig leaves. We are called to shape and form worlds. So it's not a question of whether we'll employ technology in our cultural labour; the only interesting question is how.
Few people dispute that the United States prison system is broken, but many are unaware of the relevant statistics. This article is a good overview, with some compelling illustrations, like this one:
Where does technology exploit our minds’ weaknesses? I learned to think this way when I was a magician. Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano. And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. They play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and unconsciously) against you in the race to grab your attention. I want to show you how they do it.