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New benchtop sequencers shipping; sequence genome in under a day

New benchtop sequencers shipping; sequence genome in under a day | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Nanopores: direct, electronic analysis of single molecules (credit: Oxford Nanopore Technologies)
Life Technologies began shipments of its new Ion Proton benchtop sequencing instrument on Thursday, but the sequencing race is still on.
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William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers Are (Thankfully) Almost Always Wrong | Underwire | Wired.com

William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers Are (Thankfully) Almost Always Wrong | Underwire | Wired.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Author William Gibson poses for a portrait at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.Photo: Jason Redmond/Wired One of science fiction's most visionary and d...
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Who (and what) can you trust?

People face this predicament all the time -- can you determine a person's character in a single interaction? Can you judge whether someone you just met can be trusted when you have only a few minutes together?
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Bacteria are social microorganisms: MIT researchers | KurzweilAI

Bacteria are social microorganisms: MIT researchers | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Distribution of antagonistic interactions in relationship to Vibrio phylogeny and genetic distance.
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Bioengineered Soccer Ball Grown From Pig Cells | Playbook | Wired.com

Bioengineered Soccer Ball Grown From Pig Cells | Playbook | Wired.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A British scientist goes high-tech to show how far soccer has come from its roots.
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Most of what you read was wrong: how press releases rewrote scientific history

Most of what you read was wrong: how press releases rewrote scientific history | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Repeating myths may make good stories, but it breeds confusion. See the ENCODE news.
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How Sports Would Be Better With Doping | Playbook | Wired.com

How Sports Would Be Better With Doping | Playbook | Wired.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A look at what it would mean for sports if we all accepted that doping is a routine occurrence and simply legalized it.
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BONNET's curator insight, June 24, 2017 12:14 PM
doping, future culture of sport ?
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Why you should apply Living Systems Theory to Social Network Design - The Bumble Bee

Why you should apply Living Systems Theory to Social Network Design - The Bumble Bee | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
With the explosion in social software and the recognition that...

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luiy's curator insight, January 27, 2013 2:55 PM
Autopoiesis is the word!

 

I have introduced the theory of living systems developed by Maturana and Varela (technically known as autopoiesis) in previous articles.

In essence these two mould-breaking Chilean biologists argued that a living system should not be defined in terms of its attributes (e.g. growth or reproduction) which ran counter to the common practice of the time.

Maturana and Varela wanted to define living systems in a more philosophically independent way by suggesting that a living system is one "whose only products are itself" - which is actually massively profound if you think about it.

 

 

..... about roles:

 

When we apply the Processes Component at the Group System Level it raises for me the question of roles in social networks and the interaction between them.

In Tom Quick's (University College London) excellent Introduction to Autopoiesis Tom suggests that:

 

'in crude terms a system is autopoietic if the bits and pieces of which it is composed interact with each other in such a way as to continually produce and maintain that set of bits and pieces and the relationships between them'.

 

A personal theory which I am developing, based on this concept (referred tothe closure of the nervous system) proposes that:

1) Each role in a social network should be defined not in terms of its outputs or objectives but instead in terms of the transformations (and instantiations)it makes to the other roles in the system.

2) Collectively the role interactions should create a positive feedback loop in the sense that each role is fully defined in terms of its interactions with other roles.

Finally we can go on to interpret these 4 living system principles at the overall System or Ecosystem level....etc

 

 

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How Hacking the Human Brain Can Save Civilization

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Humans’ power to determine the future of planet Earth is increasing exponentially. The result could be disastrous unless we change the way we think.
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Opinion: Learning from Each Other-Professional dialogue between scientists and non-scientists is not easy, but when successful, it can create powerful insights and relationships. | The Scientist

Opinion: Learning from Each Other-Professional dialogue between scientists and non-scientists is not easy, but when successful, it can create powerful insights and relationships. | The Scientist | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In the last decade or so, many research universities, government agencies, and private foundations have issued clarion calls for more interdisciplinary research and teaching. The reason for all of this activity is that cross-disciplinary work improves our collective ability to solve real-world problems, which usually don’t respect disciplinary boundaries, and enhances scholars’ and researchers’ creativity by exposing them to different ways of thinking and new information. Efforts to foster cross-disciplinary research within science has led to a considerable literature on “team science,” but there is little work on fostering interdisciplinary efforts between scientists and scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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The future of work in America | KurzweilAI

The future of work in America | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
(Credit: Larsinio/Wikimedia Commons) Technology and the Web are destroying far more jobs than they create.
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How to launch your own homemade satellite | KurzweilAI

How to launch your own homemade satellite | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Rendering of the AAU CubeSat built by students from Aalborg University in Denmark Over the next year a dozen or so tiny, homemade satellites will be...
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Honduras sets stage for 3 privately run cities

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Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving the project.

An international group of investors and government representatives signed the memorandum Tuesday for the project that some say will bring badly needed economic growth to this small Central American country and that at least one detractor describes as "a catastrophe."

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Genes for face shape identified

Genes for face shape identified | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Scientists identify five genes that determine the form of the human face in a find that could lead to sketches based solely on DNA findings.
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Bionics Vs Stem Cells: Sci-Fi Becoming Reality As These Two Cool Technologies Advance

Bionics Vs Stem Cells: Sci-Fi Becoming Reality As These Two Cool Technologies Advance | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
I'm a big fan of stem cell technology and its future promise to do all kinds of pretty amazing things to fix up the human body.However, at the same time, bionics is pretty freaking remarkable as well, and holds enormous potential for improving human...
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The Education of Character: Teaching Control with a Cotton Ball | Streams of Consciousness, Scientific American Blog Network

The Education of Character: Teaching Control with a Cotton Ball | Streams of Consciousness, Scientific American Blog Network | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
We think of school as a place where children learn new skills and knowledge. Young people come to class more or less ready to learn, their ...
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Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans - Technology Review

Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans - Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing can create an artificial chat partner that's smarter than Siri-style personal assistants.
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Social Networks and Mythology | Wired Science | Wired.com

Social Networks and Mythology | Wired Science | Wired.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Scientists analyzed the social networks presented in several fictional mythological stories, including Beowulf, the Iliad, and the Tain, an epic Irish poem.
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Intel Dabbles In Science Fiction

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Computers that simply do the sames things faster and faster are becoming boring. Been there, done that. But a device that can detect and interpret your emotions?
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The ever deepening mystery of the human genome - life - 05 September 2012 - New Scientist

So how much DNA acts a switch, or has some other function? To provide an overall picture of which parts of the genome do what, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project was set up in 2003. It involves many teams around the world using a variety of techniques. The results of a pilot study looking at just 1 per cent of the genome were released in 2007. This week, the results of its study of the entire genome were released, with the publication of more than 30 papers in Nature and other journals.

Among other things, ENCODE looked for switches that control gene activity. The researchers did this by taking known transcription factors and seeing which bits of DNA these proteins bound to. So far, they have found 4 million sites, covering 8.5 per cent of the genome - far more than anyone expected.

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How To See The Future

Understand that our present time is the furthest thing from banality. Reality as we know it is exploding with novelty every day. Not all of it’s good. It’s a strange and not entirely comfortable time to be alive. But I want you to feel the future as present in the room. I want you to understand, before you start the day here, that the invisible thing in the room is the felt presence of living in future time, not in the years behind us.

To be a futurist, in pursuit of improving reality, is not to have your face continually turned upstream, waiting for the future to come. To improve reality is to clearly see where you are, and then wonder how to make that better.

Act like you live in the Science Fiction Condition. Act like you can do magic and hold séances for the future and build a brightness control for the sky.

Act like you live in a place where you could walk into space if you wanted. Think big. And then make it better.

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A proposal for a R2R Research Process Protocol Project

A proposal for a R2R Research Process Protocol Project | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Quality in research brews not only from acquired research skills, but also from interest, sincerity, integrity, urgency and relative importance. In our r2r (= researcher-to-researcher) research model can all these contributions freely meet and interact, to the benefit of society and humanity.

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Four Geeky Laws That Rule Our World

Four Geeky Laws That Rule Our World | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
There are laws and then there are geeky laws. Read more about four geeky laws rule the world of technology and social media: 1.
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All of a sudden I could see a little flash of light. It was amazing. | KurzweilAI

All of a sudden I could see a little flash of light. It was amazing. | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Early bionic eye prototype drawing (credit: Bionics Institute) Bionic Vision Australia researchers have successfully performed the first implantation of an...
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What is this Thing called Enhancement?

What is this Thing called Enhancement? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
In their introductory piece, “Well-Being and Enhancement”, to their edited collection Enhancing Human Capacities, Julian Savulescu, Ruud ter Meulen, and Guy Kahane attempt to define “enhancement” or “human enhancement”, settling on a conception...
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