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Rupal Patel on speech donors. Sam Molyneux on faster scientific research. Josh Sharp and Nicholas Felton on the quantified self. Linda Stone on the essential self.


  • Speech donors: Until now, people living with severe speech disorders only had a few computerized voices to choose from. With the help of speech donors, Rupal Patel is creating new, personalized voices that match the individual. [FULL POST]

  • Sciencescape: Now that most scientific journals are digital, it's become difficult to keep track of new research. In an attempt to solve this problem, Sam Molyneux created Sciencescape, which he describes as a kind of "Twitter for research papers." [FULL POST]

  • Exist: Web developer Josh Sharp helps people discover patterns and correlations in their own behavior with his new website, Exist. The service aims to help you "track and understand your life." [FULL POST]

  • Reporter: Self-tracking pioneer Nicholas Felton talks about his new app Reporter, which he built "for tracking the things you care about." [FULL POST]

  • The essential self: Do you track your exercise, diet, or lifestyle choices? You may be part of the quantified self movement: the growing practice of using today's tech tools for insight and self-improvement. Linda Stone is a leading tech thinker. She says that we need to focus instead on what she calls "the essential self." [FULL POST]

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