Using Behavioral Science to Redesign the Built Environment China’s most famous painting is “Along the River during the Qingming Festival.” Often referred to as “China’s Mona Lisa” (more for its fame and mysterious history than for any likeness to da … Continue reading How to make our environment hospitable
Why a Toaster Is a Design Triumph Last year I fell in love with a toaster. It looks like most others. A brushed, stainless-steel housing. Four slots, to accommodate the whole family’s bread-provisioning needs. It is alluring but modest, perched … Continue reading A Bit More
When Push Comes to Nudge Imagine if health care costs could be dramatically reduced, and outcomes improved without any heavy lifting – no bills would need to be passed, no policies approved, and no major restructuring required. What if we … Continue reading Winning by default
Why Nothing Works Anymore “No… it’s a magic potty,” my daughter used to lament, age 3 or so, before refusing to use a public restroom stall with an automatic-flush toilet. As a small person, she was accustomed to the infrared … Continue reading Does technology serve human users?
How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts On the morning of Monday, August 13, 2012, Scott Stevens loaded a brown hunting bag into his Jeep Grand Cherokee, then went to the master bedroom, where he hugged Stacy, his wife of 23 years. … Continue reading Is gambling becoming more addictive?
Why transparency would have saved us from the 2008 financial collapse From my desk at Bear Stearns, where I’d traded mortgage-backed securities for years, I watched as the financial and housing markets crashed in 2008. A few months later, there … Continue reading Transparency is not just a buzzword
Technology, the Faux Equalizer Just over a century ago, an electric company in Minnesota took out a full-page newspaper advertisement and listed 1,000 uses for electricity. Bakers could get ice-cream freezers and waffle irons! Hat makers could put up electric … Continue reading Is technological innovation unfair?