Of Memory and Madeleines

Listening to the River Café Table 4 podcast interview with the director Alfonso Cuarón, I paused to take in something he said that spoke directly to me. “I think it’s the same with any creative endeavor, [whether] this is a technical endeavor or an artistic endeavor. I think that everything comes from the concept. You…

Cancer doesn’t wait

In the past two weeks, my family has been rocked by news of two friends with cancer – one diagnosis, one death. After two years of grim front-page Covid statistics, bumped now from headlines by the carnage of war, it’s understandable that quotidian nightmares draw less attention. Last month, the CDC noted that screening rates…

A critical point of view

Failure to scale a promising idea is often the result of failing to evaluate the idea critically: interrogate both what’s wrong with the idea, and what could go wrong in expanding it. Let’s spend some time doing just that. The Office for Science and Society (OSS)  at McGill University in Montreal seeks to bring critical…

A case for adoption

What does it take for a technology innovation to tip over from niche adoption to mass acceptance? I don’t have to make a case for adopting a pup to share your home. If it’s right for you, you’ll do it. What’s on my mind today is how something new takes off from being a novelty…

First steps

I started my journey on a walk with our dog Ellie, while listening to a podcast. The podcast was Revisionist History, and the episode was “The Dog Will See You Now”. In it, Malcolm Gladwell explores the use of dogs to detect the presence of cancer and Covid-19 in humans. He imagines a world in…