Shielding soldiers from terrorist drones. 

Drones are a double-edged sword. They have enabled everything from emergency medical deliveries to drone race in abandoned malls. Their dark side can enable terrorist groups like ISIS to attack without exposing their fighters. Startup SkySafe is working on tech that keeps drones away like a protective “bubble”. |learn more

Tech takes a while. 

Amidst all of the excitement around how things will change because of technology (and they will!), don’t forget that it takes a while. Bill Gates had a famous quote: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” learn more

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

This is an eye-opening book that drills down into the history of (probably) every segment of the U.S. healthcare system. I think it’s common knowledge that the system is broken: out of control costs, decoupled from outcomes. The author explains why the business of healthcare has been incentivised toward this for years. The first thing I learned was that health insurers don’t actually have an incentive to keep costs down — in fact, quite the opposite. At the end the author lays out some optimistic strategies for turning this around, but they aren’t necessarily convincing. (View on Amazon)