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How Machine Learning and Big Data Are Changing the Face of Biological Sciences

Until recently, the wet lab has been a crucial component of every biologist. Today's advances in the production of massive amounts of data and the creation of machine-learning algorithms for processing that data are changing the face of biological science—making it possible to do real science without a wet lab. David Heckerman shares several examples of how this transformation in the area of genomics is changing the pace of scientific breakthroughs.


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davidgibson's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:05 PM

This 36 min video is well worth the time spent - to get an idea (hopefully a transferrable one) about Big Data and the frontiers of science. In this case both "wet lab" (test tubes microscopes) and "dry lab" (computer modeling with machine learning) and needed and so is content as well as computational literacy.

Serena Fuchs's curator insight, June 26, 2013 3:43 PM

The low-hanging fruit, SNPs, have been picked off.  Now much research is using larger data sets to look for significant variants, and the compute power needed can increase exponentially. Look to dog breeders as the pioneers of controlling for known variables to reduce the false positive results. 

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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress | Singularity Hub

“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new video called “The Future Is Ours” inspires a positive view of the future. It shows a sincere hope in technology with a mashup of presentations, speeches, and YouTube videos.

 

 

 

 

Michael Marantz, who created the video, wrote in the comments, “The future excites me so much, that is why I made this video. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit."

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Complex Diseases Can Be Stopped: TEDMED David Agus (video)

Complex Diseases Can Be Stopped: TEDMED David Agus (video) | Longevity science | Scoop.it
We may not wholly understand complex diseases, but we can stop them, Agus says, with a preventive approach boosted by genomics, technology and a hard look at existing research data.
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Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour | Singularity Hub

Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, PBS NewsHour ran a 10-minute piece with Kurzweil titled “As Humans and Computers Merge…Immortality?” from correspondent Paul Solman for his economics-focused Making Sen$e of Financial News.

 

Solman probes Kurzweil for some insights about where technology is headed in the coming decades, covering topics like artificial intelligence, extending lifespans through supplementation, and digital resurrection of the deceased as avatars.

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The coming medical revolution

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Technology has the potential to transform our concept of sickness

 

Digitizing the human: The evolving digital revolution can be used to change individual care and prevention, and even the economics of American healthcare.

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ABC news talks to Ray Kurzweil

"No one is better at predicting the future" than Ray Kurzweil.

~Bill Gates

 

Humans are continually changing their own world and positions. We transcend limitations far more successfully than any other species. As we push developing technologies further, we are approaching a time when the difference between human and machine is no longer a meaningful distinction. This time has been dubbed 'the Singularity' by Ray Kurzweil, one of society's most credible and well-known futurists.

 

In this interview, Ray talks about how the technology he has predicted will change the face of life and death. Though the report focuses closely on his desire to create an avatar of his dead father, keep in mind that is just one aspect of the ideas.

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