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More about Sensorica and "Open Value Networks"; kinda like Koumbit, a non-profit I co-founded, but even more open, oriented at innovating around technology more broadly (i.e. not just software/websites) and with a deeply scientific and engineering focus.
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Yeah, I'm hooked on MOOCs too. I hardly watch TV anymore and have three or four of them going now.
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A different kind of biological visualization. Lol.
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Absolutely super! Not only for the biology/neurology but for the tourism in the Netherlands experience. Thanks!
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DNA/RNA sequencing by a USB device smaller than a cell phone; this is where things are at today.

Where will they be in five to ten years? While we can expect them to get faster, cheaper and more reliable, the bigger issue will be in handling and interpetting the vast quantities of data generated by such devices... and this is just one aspect of the life sciences where the data stream is exploding and overwhelming.

It is no surprise that Google has launched the Calico project.

As a cautionary note however, I'd suggest that even with perfect data and perfect interpretation we wouldn't be able to exercise perfect control when implementing/deploying "solutions" to real-world health and environmental problems.

Such is the nature of complexe systems that are subject to probability and the "butterfly effect", particularly when these systems can themselves spontaneously evolve and are de facto limited by human paradigms, such as the market-economics contexts in which they are conceived.

So I find these developments exciting, but warn against concluding, as has been done with previous technological advances, that the human race is on the verge of conquering nature.
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Many of you may have given up interest in the on-going coverage of the NSA leaks, particularly when the struggle against such surveillance may seem hopeless, but if you haven't, here's a source of in-depth interviews with key individuals on the subject:

http://democracynow.org/tags/713
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Une importante pétition à signer et partager avant le 7 avril !
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"Every time someone tells you that the environment is important, sure, but we can’t afford to take a bite out of the economy to mitigate global warming, ask yourself what’s out of the frame on this cold equation. Every time you hear that education is vital and taking care of the poor is our solemn duty, but we must all tighten in our belts while our lifeboat rocks in the middle of the precarious, crisis-torn economic seas, ask yourself whether the captain of our lifeboat had any role in the sinking of the ship."
 
More amazing big-thinking by +Cory Doctorow on the design of moral hazards.
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Here's a cool technique that I'd like to try incorporating into a piece of art or two.
 
Rendering Images with a Single Continuous Line.
You may need to squint to see that it is me!

This is a Jordan Curve rendering of my profile photo. I came across the concept of a Jordan Curve today via +Kevin Kelly's post here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KevinKelly/posts/VaPWXEQmZvr and have always loved mathematical art; the abstract, the chaos, the perfection. Commenter +J Wynia was nice enough to point me towards StippleGen http://wiki.evilmadscientist.com/StippleGen a free piece of software for taking images and crunching them into Voronoi diagrams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram), and Jordan Curves based on TSP (travelling salesman problem) calculations to minimise the path of a continuous line between points. 

This image was made with StippleGen by simply opening my profile photo in the program and tinkering with the parameters until I had something I thought was okay. The image below contains a single continuous line that optimises the path between 7,003 points or vertices. 

What other examples of mathematical art like this do you know about?

#art   #mathematics   #tsp  
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While this course, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials by HarvardX, wasn't nearly as captivating and challenging as the other one I completed via EdX.org ("Secrets of Life" by MITx), it is quite satisfying to get all the way through and receive a certificate.

Interestingly, all the assignment deadlines for this course were set to a couple weeks after the end of the course, so I was able to start late and do the whole thing in less than 3 weeks. Moreover, if they hadn't done this, I would have missed most of the deadlines and wouldn't have been sufficiently motivated to do the class.
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This is yet another leak that won't come as a surprise to many, especially to those who watch http://DemocracyNow.org, which is in my opinion the most informative daily news show available today and which has been talking about this for years.
 
Nice! American Bar Association letter to NSA says: "The ABA has consistently fought to preserve the attorney-client privilege and opposes government policies, practices and procedures that erode the privilege." 
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Speaking of which, here is democracynow's coverage of this story - http://democracynow.org/stories/14208
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A geek, activist, motivator, entrepreneur and long-time Drupal evangelist. 

I'm proud of what I accomplished over the last decade and am excited by the challenges that lay ahead for the next one. 
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I built my first website in 1995 and have been using Drupal since fall 2001. Co-Founded Koumbit.org in 2004.
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    Masters in Urban Planning, 1995 - 1997
  • Concordia University
    Bachelor of Science in Geography, 1990 - 1993
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