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Synthetic Biology - Inventing the Future

The hottest new field in biotech is synthetic biology: Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, just like a computer program. Syn-bio expert...
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Daniel C. Dennett on an attempt to understand the mind; autonomic neurons, culture and computational architecture

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Daniel C. Dennett on an attempt to understand the mind; autonomic neurons, culture and computational architecture
“ “What Darwin and Turing had both discovered, in their different ways, was the...

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"We’re beginning to come to grips with the idea that your brain is not this well-organized hierarchical control system where everything is in order, a very dramatic vision of bureaucracy. In fact, it’s much more like anarchy with some elements of democracy. Sometimes you can achieve stability and mutual aid and a sort of calm united front, and then everything is hunky-dory, but then it’s always possible for things to get out of whack and for one alliance or another to gain control, and then you get obsessions and delusions and so forth.

You begin to think about the normal well-tempered mind, in effect, the well-organized mind, as an achievement, not as the base state. (...) You’re going to have a parallel architecture because, after all, the brain is obviously massively parallel. It’s going to be a connectionist network. (...)

[Y]ou begin to realize that control in brains is very different from control in computers. (...) Each neuron is imprisoned in your brain. I now think of these as cells within cells, as cells within prison cells. Realize that every neuron in your brain, every human cell in your body (leaving aside all the symbionts), is a direct descendent of eukaryotic cells that lived and fended for themselves for about a billion years as free-swimming, free-living little agents. They fended for themselves, and they survived.

They had to develop an awful lot of know-how, a lot of talent, a lot of self-protective talent to do that. When they joined forces into multi-cellular creatures, they gave up a lot of that. They became, in effect, domesticated. They became part of larger, more monolithic organizations.  (...)

Maybe a lot of the neurons in our brains are not just capable but, if you like, motivated to be more adventurous, more exploratory or risky in the way they comport themselves, in the way they live their lives. They’re struggling amongst themselves with each other for influence, just for staying alive, and there’s competition going on between individual neurons. As soon as that happens, you have room for cooperation to create alliances, and I suspect that a more free-wheeling, anarchic organization is the secret of our greater capacities of creativity, imagination, thinking outside the box and all that, and the price we pay for it is our susceptibility to obsessions, mental illnesses, delusions and smaller problems.

We got risky brains that are much riskier than the brains of other mammals even, even more risky than the brains of chimpanzees, and that this could be partly a matter of a few simple mutations in control genes that release some of the innate competitive talent that is still there in the genomes of the individual neurons. But I don’t think that genetics is the level to explain this. You need culture to explain it."

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VENEZIA 02.13. LA MUTAZIONE

VENEZIA 02.13. LA MUTAZIONE | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
February 2013, Venice Carnival. A sensor scans models’ faces acquiring them in a digital environment. The software application written by the designers generates customized masks for on each model....
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Future imaging tools could replace lenses with microwave-sensing metamaterials | ExtremeTech

Future imaging tools could replace lenses with microwave-sensing metamaterials | ExtremeTech | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Conventional imaging systems typically use a lens to map an object onto a detector plane. They acquire information as pixels, or vectors, and perform software compression after the fact.
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Future Love: Romancing the Robot (Part 1) - Transhumanity.net

Future Love: Romancing the Robot (Part 1) - Transhumanity.net | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
“Once you’ve had a lover-robot you’ll never want a real man again”- Gigolo Joe. Technology is becoming ever more prevalent in human affairs.
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Artist Collects And Analyses DNA Samples To Create 3D Portraits In

Artist Collects And Analyses DNA Samples To Create 3D Portraits In | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is turning DNA from found hair samples into portraits.

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Lucy McRae's New Film Teaches You How To Prepare Human Sushi | The Creators Project

Lucy McRae's New Film Teaches You How To Prepare Human Sushi | The Creators Project | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The director's latest short explores the grotesqueness of gastronomy.
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Synthetic Biology Center @ MIT | Research

Synthetic Biology Center @ MIT | Research | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Our goal is to create a programming language for living cells that is similar to languages used to program computers and robots. This requires the development of a high-level language that allows a programmer to describe a desired function and computational methods that convert this language into a linear DNA sequence.

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BlenderArt Magazine » ISSUE 40: 3D printing

BlenderArt Magazine is a Bi-Monthly Publication covering Blender 3D, the Open Source 3D Creation Suite with tutorials and articles on other FOSS as well.
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permaculture 2.0

any sufficiently advanced civilization is indistinguishable from nature
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All Minds Are Real-Time Control Systems

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I conjecture that all minds are real-time control systems.In this post I will explain what that means and why it seems to be true.Creatures and Real-Time SystemsConsider, if you will, artificial creatures that exist in either the real world or some...
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CYBOFREE : Branding yourself electronically with Electronic Epidermal Systems

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'The Creeping Garden' trailer celebrates slime mold and the weird science it ... - The Verge

'The Creeping Garden' trailer celebrates slime mold and the weird science it ... - The Verge | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Scientists build the One Million Dollar man - Telegraph

Scientists build the One Million Dollar man - Telegraph | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Scientists have built a man from artificial limbs, and while he might not be a bionic superhero, he cost a lot less to create than The Six Million Dollar Man.
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The personalized medicine revolution is almost here

The personalized medicine revolution is almost here | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Guest Post Genomics data is about to change the way doctors discover and treat disease -- but there are some significant obstacles standing in the way.

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responsive design blog: Bio Plastics Formfinding Workshop Cologne

responsive design blog: Bio Plastics Formfinding Workshop Cologne | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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'The goal of the workshop was to research opportunities of bio plastics for its potential use in the fields of design and architecture'

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Soft Motion and Liquids

From Nov. 30, until Dec. 03, 2012 Ben Haworth led a workshop at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. The workshop was based around fabrication methods for the…

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Soft Motion and Liquids 

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Jameson Dungan - DNA Hacking, Bio-punks, and the Future of Synthetic Biology

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Jameson Dungan -DNA Hacking, Bio-punks, and the Future of Synthetic Biology

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Piccolo the tiny CNC-bot

Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For less than $70, you can assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, developing and deploying…
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Scientists dissect the movement of bacteria | Machines Like Us

Scientists dissect the movement of bacteria | Machines Like Us | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has discovered that microscopic bacteria have a lot in common with earthquakes — when it comes to their jolting movements.
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 My  blog:  h*p://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/neverendingsearch/    My  tweets:  @joycevalenza    My  site:  h*p://springfieldlibrary.wi

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Kevin Warwick's BrainGate Implant

Watch University of Reading's Kevin Warwick implant a device into his body which transmits signals from his nervous system to activate external devices.
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