Inner peace in the palm of your hand

By Dominic Basulto

The Internet has given us a variety of ways to share nearly every aspect of our lives in real-time, and yet it sometimes feels as if we are living in an era of hyper-alienation. The more we expand our digital social networks — and, by extension, our access to information — the more desperate we seem to become as we search for meaning in our real-world lives.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that a growing number of companies are striving to offer a version of digital “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

The Huffington Post’s new project, “GPS for the Soul,” which the company is developing in partnership with mobile developer bLife and others, will result in a mobile application to help you align three different aspects of your life: mind, body and spirit.

Huffington called the app a "great course-correcting mechanism” that would subtly enable you to make better decisions.

As mobile devices become an entrenched part of our digital lives, it’s no wonder that companies are exploring innovative new uses for them, leveraging built-in sensors, such the accelerometer, to augment our existing senses. 

The new Dream:ON app, billed as a mass participation study, would like to help you program your dreams and desires.
As with any proposed solution to understanding the mysterious inner workings of the human brain, there are caveats.
Apps capable of programming our moods, emotions and dreams can be viewed as an exciting way to tap the innate power of the human brain, or ...

Despite these concerns, there is something fascinating about using our digital devices to program our identities.

Dominic Basulto is a digital thinker at Bond Strategy and Influence (formerly called Electric Artists) in New York., one of the Web's first blog media companies.

He also shares his thoughts on innovation on the Big Think Endless Innovation blog
and is working on a new book on innovation called

"Endless Innovation, Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful."

Inner peace in the palm of your hand - Ideas@Innovations - The Washington Post