"...he merely told
the unhappy Present to recite the Past
like a poetry lesson till sooner or later
it faltered at the line where
long ago the accusations had begun..."
Quoted in Richard Greene's introduction to the Collector's Library edition of Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear.
(I found the book a bit odd, but compelling.)
In FUTURE CRIMES, one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman, takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.
Marc Goodman will be in conversation with Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media. Since 1978, Tim O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, honing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. His company is publisher of the iconic "animal books" for software developers, creator of the first commercial website (GNN), organizer of the summit meeting that gave the open source software movement its name, and he was a key figure in the "Web 2.0" renaissance after the dot com bust, focusing the industry on the role of data rather than software in driving competitive advantage in the next generation of applications.
For those who don't know what the microbiome is, the article defines it with some interesting statistics:
"Typically, every person is home to about a hundred trillion microbial cells bearing five million different genes, totaling about 5 pounds of micro-organisms per person. Indeed, microbes in and on the body outnumber human cells about 10 to one.
“You are a minority party in the democracy of the body,” Dr. Mason said.
"The body’s collection of microbes, called the microbiome, influences health in ways that researchers are only beginning to understand. They may be key to proper digestion, vitamin synthesis and brain function, new research suggests. Changes among the millions of microbes living in the human stomach also may promote obesity, trigger ulcers or affect how well a flu vaccine works."
The article describes a research project to explore signs of this microbiome expressed on surfaces throughout the NYC subways.
My two favorite quotes:
“A city is like an organism,” said IBM Corp. computational biologist Robert Prill, who is among those at the company investigating ways to better collect and analyze these immense new public-health genome databases. “It has a circulating system consisting of the movement of people.”
“We know next to nothing about the ecology of urban environments,” said evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen at the University of California at Davis. “How will we know if there is something abnormal if we don’t know what normal is?”
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