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The Xconomy team posed this question to their network [read: an older audience], reaching out to the people they knew “it would resonate well with.” And while we’ll include some of the answers they received, we decided to reach out to our own network and ask the question ourselves, curious as to whether a younger audience — whether they be fresh out of college, going for their MBA, or newly into their thirties, still trying to figure things out — would have something different to say.
Son tres de los filósofos más influyentes de Occidente. Su pensamiento transformó la forma como nos vemos a nosotros mismos, a la sociedad y a los medios de comunicación. Para muchos, sus ideas siguen más vigentes que nunca.
Video: "Douglas Engelbart is the inventor of the computer mouse and led research teams at Stanford Research Institute that developed hypertext, networking computing and early graphical user interfaces. He has been honored with the MIT-Lemelson Prize, the Turing Award, the 2000 National Medal of Technology, and the Ben Franklin Award. For 57 years, Doug has worked on increasing human capability using Social Networks. The question topmost on his mind: What tools are needed to harness the collective intelligence of many people to apply to common problems and reach collective goals? This event took place August 22, 2007 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA".
In a testament to just how fast the coming cyberization of mankind has progressed, a new report published by the Daily Mail entitled, “Hitler would have loved The Singularity: Mind-blowing benefits of merging human brains and computers,” reaffirms...
A journal on trends, news, issues and people related to the technological singularity, aiming to spark a conversation about the impact of genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, exponential growth and artificial intelligence.
Flipped Classroom is an inverted method of instruction where teaching and learning take place online outside of the class while homework is done in the classroom. Advocators of this approach believe that this is the ideal method of instruction in our digital age. They basically build their judgement on the following facts
According to John Vidal, from The Observer, scientist Zhikang Li may become one of the most important people of the century, and yet his name remains mainly unknown.
February 13th, 2012 | Posted by Jaime Menchén in Environmental Science
According to John Vidal from The Observer, scientist Zhikang Li may become one of the most important people of the century, and yet his name remains mainly unknown. He is responsible for the development of the so-called “green super rice”; different kinds of strongly resistant rice that haven’t been genetically modified.
This “green super rice” is the result of crossbreeding more than 250 rice varieties. The researchers, lead by Zhikang Li, affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing and to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, studied multiple traditional breeding techniques in different countries, in order to achieve stronger grains.
The project started in 1998 and reached some popularity last year, when Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced his interest on the idea. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decided then to support the project and provide funds for its implementation in some chosen countries in Africa and Asia.
When compared to the “Green Revolution” which occurred after World War II, this project presents some advantages. First of all, it favours the reduction of fertilizers and pesticides use, without the need for genetic modification. In doing so, its implementation in poor countries becomes easier, as you don’t need to bring very specific products and techniques. Also, as scientist Jauhar Ali from IRRI points out, it doesn’t impose demanding conditions on farmers, like the need to buy new seeds regularly, as most major agrichemical companies do.
Journalist John Vidal mentions Zhikang Li in an article about the way food might evolve to cope with the increasing of world population; it is estimated that in 2050 there will be around 2.5 billion people more. If he is right about Li, we should certainly keep an eye on the development and implementation of his research.
Below you can see one of Li’s latest research projects.
Source: MercoPress, The Guardian/The Observer, Green Super Rice
Photo: Jialiang Gao/www.peace-on-earth.org
Cheng L, Wang Y, Meng L, Hu X, Cui Y, Sun Y, Zhu L, Ali J, Xu J, & Li Z (2012). Identification of salt-tolerant QTLs with strong genetic background effect using two sets of reciprocal introgression lines in rice. Genome / National Research Council Canada = Genome / Conseil national de recherches Canada, 55 (1), 45-55 PMID: 22181322
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