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The next big ideas from 'Idea Man' Paul Allen: AI and cell biology - NBCNews.com

The next big ideas from 'Idea Man' Paul Allen: AI and cell biology - NBCNews.com | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
The next big ideas from 'Idea Man' Paul Allen: AI and cell biology NBCNews.com Software billionaire Paul Allen is already using his riches to further brain science, spaceflight, rock 'n' roll history — and oh, the Seattle Seahawks, too — but he's...
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Paul Allen. who has funded a lot of important research over the years - recently announced the funding of a new Aritificial Intelligence research center in Seattle. The Paul Allen Artificial Intelligence Institute will be headed by Oren Etzioni, formerly head of  the University of Washington's Computer Science Department, where he was the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Professor and Director of the Turing Center. The new AI center is a compliments to Paul Allen's $400 million  neuroscience research center also in Seattle.

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Leaving the theatre of the absurd – is open access publishing a necessity for science to flourish?

Leaving the theatre of the absurd – is open access publishing a necessity for science to flourish? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

If this summer’s Royal Society report arguing for a more open practice of science in public policy and business wasn’t convincing enough then the satirical science website PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper) comics, by Panamanian cartoonist Jorge Cham, may change your mind, as it illustrates one researcher’s change of heart when faced with a life and death situation. The film is a digestible eight-minute animation of the problematic scientific publishing landscape and how open access, the free and immediate online availability of research articles with full re-use rights, can add value.

 

The animation was made as part of Open Access Week between 22 and 28 October 2012. Jorge Cham interviewed Nick Shockey, director of student advocacy at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and Jonathan Eisen, professor at the University of California Davis, US. (...) - by Adrian Giordani, November 14, 2012, iSGTW


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Strengthening international cooperation in research and innovation - EU (2012)

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A new EU strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation was unveiled recently. The EU accounts for just 7 % of the world population, but it is responsible for 24 % of world expenditure on research, 32 % of high-impact publications and 32 % of patent applications. International cooperation is seen as a vital step towards homing in on opportunities and further development. 

 

... looking at ways to strengthen excellence in research and innovation by facilitating access to knowledge, people and markets across borders and across the globe. Maintaining a strong focus on firms and innovation, which require a new or different approach between academia and industry and between research and innovation, was also highlighted... integrating the international perspective more fully into 'regular' EU programmes would enhance cooperation with international collaboration, and strengthen the priorities of EU's core research and innovation programmes... 

 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science... said:  'It makes perfect sense to cast the net wider and create and explore opportunities for research and innovation cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Not least because the societal challenges that we face today, such as climate change, the spread of infectious diseases or ensuring a steady supply of food and energy, are so big and so complex that we need the world's best scientists to tackle them together... 


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Interesting inititiative - worth learning more about.

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Cities: Drivers of Sustainable Human Development & Prosperity

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As we plan for the future of our planet, it is imperative that we consider the effects of development on both the environment and human populations. A city is only truly sustainable if it uses natural resources efficiently while still fully meeting the needs of its inhabitants and a decent standard of living.

Recently, the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) launched its “State of the World’s Cities Report 2012/2013” which addresses the prosperity of cities. According to the report, the first step to achieving prosperity is to define the goal: What does prosperity mean in 2012? This is a difficult question to answer given the vast disparity of living conditions throughout the world. Additionally, it is imperative that the definition of prosperity today consider the needs of future generations. To this end, UN-Habitat developed a “City Prosperity Index,” which translates the five dimensions of prosperity identified by UN-Habitiat—productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equity and social inclusion, environmental sustainability—into measurable indicators (see page 15 of the report).

 

This definition of the prosperous city is consistent with the principles of a smart, sustainable and just city... further reading at the article link


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