Bribing People to be Healthier

Per this article, certain insurance companies are actually now incentivizing healthier activity (via use of fitbit and so on) for their clients. 

John Hancock, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., recently expanded an optional program to reward customers for healthy habits. Participants can earn points for tracking their daily jogs or for their meditation practice, and then use those points for rewards toward purchases on Amazon and other sites. Sometimes they can even save money on premiums.

What’s in it for insurers? For one thing, if policyholders live longer, insurers don’t have to pay out as soon, according to Chad Hersh, a vice president for insurance at consulting firm Capgemini. Even if wearing a wrist computer doesn’t by itself make anyone live longer, there may be a more subtle advantage for insurers. The customers who want to sign up for such a program might be a little more health-conscious—and less risky to cover.

Of course it’s purely dollars and sense for them, but it makes sense for other walks of life too.  I would love to have my employer bribe… er… incentivize myself and my fellow employees in a similar fashion.  Perhaps it could lead to a lower group insurance rate?  I can’t help but see these programs (even if driven mainly by cost savings) having anything but pure upside.

Vector playing card faces public edition in progress

I’m thinking that this main site will become the repository for my publicly available (open sourced) vector playing card faces. I”m considering updating the license to be a bit simpler to under a creative commons license, perhaps this one: 

Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International(CC BY-SA 4.0)

When I finish up the public set, I hope to generate some nice galleries for posting here. The actual files will be moved from their current home on sourceforge (a mess of  an ad infested site) and hosted somewhere more convenient. 

Work also continues on my “Magician’s only” set which will not be open sourced.  This set (or portions of it) will only be available on a limited basis, likely linked directly from my conjurenation forums.