By Courtney Lyles, PhD
The title of this blog post is a quote by science fiction author William Gibson (who coined the phrase many years ago, by the way). And I think it is spot on in a number of ways. It is clear that so many seemingly futuristic technologies have already been developed: from using your smartphone to passively track your activity and mood, to the development of a sensor to test blood glucose through the skin without drawing blood. But the reality that is so clear to us working in the safety net is that most of these tools are not distributed to those who need it most, and sometimes even only make their way to our settings after they become somewhat obsolete in the tech space.