John C. Havens is a contributing writer for @Mashable, The Guardian, Slate and the author of Hacking H(app)iness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.
His new book, Genuine – Authentic Happiness in an Age of Artificial Intelligence comes out from Tarcher/Penguin next year. John is also a consultant and keynote speaker at places like TEDx and SXSW.
Listen as John Discusses:
- How technology is revolutionizing the wellness industry
- What is Hacking Happiness
- How to create a life by values design (Vbd)
- How wearable and wellness technology will shape the next 3-5 years will shape personal health
- Why our data can be a double-edged sword
- How to take action in making your data work for you
- What is the Happathon?
- John's discussion of corporate technology & machines
“In the 20th century, we made great progress in terms of our material wealth, but we’re not really any happier. In this insightful book, John Havens shows us how the new century will bring us opportunities to improve our general well being. Rather than keeping up with the Joneses, he explains how we can use technology to actually improve our lives. It is a truly remarkable work.”–Greg Satell, contributing writer for Forbes
In Hacking H(app)iness, futurist and contributing Mashable.com writer John C. Havens introduces you to your “quantified self”—your digital identity represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer. Harvested by mega-corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, this data is gathered, Havens argues, because of its immense economic value, by companies that encourage a culture of “sharing” as they hoard the information for monetary gain.
But there’s an alternative to this digital dystopia. Emerging technologies will help us reclaim this valuable data for ourselves. At the same time, sensors in smartphones and wearable devices will help us track our emotions and thereby improve our well-being.
An issues book highlighting the benefits of an examined life in the digital world, this timely work takes the trepidation out of the technological renaissance and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for happier humanity.