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Joseph F. Coughlin


Joseph F. Coughlin is director of the MIT AgeLab, a research group exploring the nexus of business, technology and aging.

His team’s inventions include the AGNES suit, allowing wearers to experience age-related physical challenges, and the AwareCar, which collects vehicle and driver data to improve automobile safety and navigation for older adults.

Through his popular blog, Disruptive Demographics, Coughlin explores how the growing number of aging people across the globe will disrupt society — and lead to innovation. 

He envisions a lively, vital future for older people that includes everything from robot helpers to on-demand Internet services to wider sidewalks and park benches in high-density communities. Those ideas and how they all fit together inspire enthusiasm for a new way of aging.

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