Once you have the basics of a given technological leap in place, it’s always important to step back and focus on the people for a while.
Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget

Introducing Futureproof

April 25, 2011

Futureproof is a collection of articles, experiments, and tools that enrich your life by helping you develop a more sophisticated relationship with technology.

We explore the larger personal and interpersonal implications of technology use through research and philosophy. Based on this research and philosophy, we design interactive experiments to help you discover how technology use affects you. We also create tools that help you use technology better–by mitigating the bad effects and nurturing the good. In other words, we think deeply about technology use and well-being, and we create tools to make them complementary.

Our ambition is to create a new understanding of what it means to use technology well. This new understanding evaluates technology by referring to human needs and values, rather than by comparing technology to itself. With this human-centric perspective, our conception of skillful technology use shifts focus from technical proficiency, to using technology in ways that promote health, happiness, and compassion.

The creative forces behind Futureproof are David Siegel and Michael Highland.

“Hi, I’m David. I’ve always been fascinated by computers, but what intrigues me most is the possibility of living a healthy, happy life. Understanding how technology use relates to health and happiness is what Futureproof is all about. I am so excited to share our thoughts on this topic, and for you to deepen your understanding of how to flourish in our increasingly digital world.

“You can read more of the considerations behind Futureproof on my personal website.”

“In 2004, I created a short film exploring the influence of video games on my personal identity. The film showed me that technology changes us, whether we intend it to or not. Wanting to use technology to help people grow, I began studying yoga, meditation, and other frameworks for inner transformation. While these experiences certainly foster growth, I believe technology, as an integrated and structured aspect of one’s daily life, provides an ideal context for reflection and transformation.”

David and Michael met at the University of Pennsylvania, where David studied Computer Science and Philosophy, and Michael studied Digital Media Design. They formed Futureproof on April 1, 2011.