If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that the future isn’t just about robots–it’s about robots that can heal, adapt, and change their entire appearance at a moment’s notice. In a future directed by Michael Bay, that plays out as a semi-truck reconfiguring itself into a bipedal fighting machine halfway through a front-flip. For now, though, the action is a little more modest. In this clip, we see the real state of the art in self-assembling bots: a bunch of little magnetic cubes scuttling around a tabletop. It’s much cooler than it sounds.
Oligarchy -- reflects the same old pyramid that failed the test of governance in nearly 100% of previous civilizations, always and invariably stifling creativity while guiding societies to delusion and ruin. It also means a return to zero-sum logic, zero-sum economics, zero-sum leadership thinking, a quashing of nonlinear synergies... the death of the Enlightenment.
"One of the defining characteristics of plant growth and morphology is the pivotal role of cell expansion. While the mechanical properties of the cell wall determine both the extent and direction of cell expansion, the cortical microtubule array plays a critical role in cell wall organization and, consequently, determining directional (anisotropic) cell expansion"
The market is ripe for MOOCs in China. There’s a foundation of existing platforms, dedicated groups of individuals helping translate and communicate Western options in China and a large top-down focus from international and domestic universities. But will Chinese students buy into this platform as an effective outlet for knowledge?The answer is likely yes, but it will remain small and niche.
ECCO/GBI seminar: Modular evolution and adaptation in complex systems
Prof. Peter Csermely (LINK-Group, Semmelweis University, Department of Medical Chemistry firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abstract: Our multidisciplinary group (www.linkgroup.hu) uses networks as 'highways' making the transfer of concepts between various disciplines. This allows the utilization of the 'wisdom' of biological systems surviving crisis events for many billions of years. The community structure of the protein-protein interaction network of yeast cells became more condensed upon stress. However, vital inter-community bridges were maintained and novel inter-community bridges were formed (PLoS Comput. Biol. 7, e1002187). Community reorganization emerged as general and novel systems level way of cost-efficient adaptation and evolution. Inter-community, highly dynamic 'creative nodes' not only determine the systems potential for fast adaptation, but also serve as a 'life insurance' in crisis. This is highly similar of the role of creative, gifted people in society. Creative transitions are served by an increased flexibility of the complex system. In other words: flexibility-increase increases the learning potential of the system. However, an 'over-flexible' system will not have a memory, and will unable to keep changes. An increase in system rigidity increases the memory storing ability of the system. Alternating changes of flexibility and rigidity emerge as a highly efficient optimization strategy of evolutionary changes.
So, is the Google era empowering us to be better, smarter, more agile thinkers? Or devolving us into distracted, manic scatterbrains? Is technology-improved discourse going to turn us all into avid, participatory problem solvers? Or will the Web’s centrifugal effects spin us all into little islands of shared conviction — midget Nuremberg rallies — where facts become irrelevant and any opinion can be a memic god? The truth lies somewhere between "Google is making us stupid" and "the Internet will liberate humanity....
On July 25, the Plant Science Research Summit released Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015-2025, a call to action for the U.S. to address research priorities in plant science that could address major challenges including health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability. The report, supported by the American Society of Plant Biologists, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NSF, USDA and DOE, provides recommendations regarding future budgets and investments at the state and federal levels. ASA & CSSA endorsed the report along with 11 other organizations.