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Google’s well-being tools ‘on the right track, but it’s a small step for mankind.’ Will they cut distraction and help shift social norms?

May 8, 2018 — The Boston Globe: “Jay Winsten, an associate dean at the Harvard [T.H. Chan] School of Public Health, is…skeptical…[He] helped devise the nationwide designated driver campaign that helped reduce deaths caused by drunken driving…But traffic accident deaths have been rising in recent years. Winsten said much of the blame is not to alcohol, but to drivers distracted by their mobile devices. So he’s glad … Continue reading

Dealing with a combination of hope and hype: Driverless tech’s promise of future lives-saved VS. deaths in overlapping test-phase

May 7, 2018 — The Harvard Gazette: “‘Self-Driving Cars: Pros and Cons for the Public’s Health’ featured Jay Winsten…Though safety is the main selling point of the new technology, Winsten predicted that fatalities involving self-driving cars will rise even as the number of overall road deaths falls. An important question will involve how the public reacts and whether a backlash against the technology stalls development, he … Continue reading