Defrag 2013′s most exciting/scary ideas


The most exciting ideas are also the scariest because they are the most disruptive: They also have the greatest capacity to change our lives.

How to live in the future – now – with Amber Case

Amber Case

Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist who works at software company Esri, isn’t waiting for the future - she’s living in it.

She is surrounded by electronic devices, but those devices don’t control her: They step out of the way and let Case be a better human.

Healthcare after the deluge

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Besides the botched roll out of the federal Affordable Care Act website, the healthcare industry itself is in for a shock as people flood the system. As John Wilbanks of Sage BioNetworks tells it: Health care info is a lot like a roach motel: Data checks in but it can't check out.

The Rise of the Citizen Explorer


Affordable, modular robots powered by open-source code is heralding a new era of discovery dubbed The Golden Age of Curiosity, says David Lang, the co-founder of OpenROV.

The Girl Geek Imperative

Lorinda Brandon at DefragCon |

Mashery's Lindy Brandon absolutely demolishes a well-intended but dead wrong sacred cow: Providing "separate but equal" access to education, employment and networking for women and girls in technology.

Toward economic security monitoring infrastructure

Joseph Reisinger | DefragCon

Joseph Reisinger of challenged DefragCon on the notion of infallible Big Data to understand non-tech data points, like macroeconomic and human development metrics. And thus a meme was born "Dividing by Bieber."

Industrial entropy and the future of work

Graeme Thickins | via Flickr

The technology industry has changed sides. After decades as an ally of the multinational corporation -- enabling scale and conferring competitive advantage -- the accelerating pace of technology change has reached a point where most large organizations can no longer keep up. -- Chris Devore

Big P privacy in the Era of Smaller Things

Dave Makes | Creative Commons via Flickr

The abstraction layer between user and company exists now without the obligation of small p and big P privacy. One option: Put humans back between the layer to integrate moral [read: human, not machine] privacy decisions.