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Malthus John
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Information Paradigm, Science, Social Issues, Photography, Autistic Spectrum
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A Solitary feeling.

"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."
~Winston Churchill

No trees up here, bud.

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#photography #nature #wildlife #animals 
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Sometimes Earth Textures are all that's needed.

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#photography #nature #desert #landscape #mountains
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"Variants that have a large negative impact on reproductive success are generally eliminated from the population quickly. However, common variants that occur with high frequency but small effect can cumulatively have big impacts on complex inherited traits — both positive and negative. If variants provide a better chance of survival, they are positively selected, or tend to stay in the genome through generations.

“In this case, we found a strong positive signal that, along with autism spectrum disorder, these variants are also associated with intellectual achievement,” said Renato Polimanti, associate research scientist at Yale School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Health Center in West Haven, and first author of the paper."

#autism #evolution #intelligence 

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Much disintermediation..


"In the last two decades, the world of publishing and distribution has obviously changed dramatically, albeit not in the way we imagined or hoped. Labels collapsed, News and Media outlets struggle to survive, and very little is left of what once seemed as the unshakable pillars of the media industry only a few years ago. But the oligopolic entertainment market, characterizing the 20th century, was not replaced, as we hoped, by a free exchange of ideas and creative work, in which artists and fans thrive, but consumed by a few, even bigger behemoths, feeding off of the decomposing corpse of a dying industry."

#blockchain #decentralization #contentdistribution #network 

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Scientific Protesters

This trend first gained momentum at December’s American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, where earth scientists staged a climate rally. With hundreds of scientists convening in Boston last week for the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, activists saw another ripe opportunity for a public rally. A “March for Science” is being planned for Earth Day (April 22) in Washington, D.C.

#science #policy #social #protest 

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Higher Education continues its "War on Equality" as corrupted Mission statements continue to feed centralized knowledge and monopolies.

One Public University and the other a licenced Private Institute (though 70% of MIT's funding for research comes from public funds) both share the same fundamental Mission:

To serve society by disseminating, discovering, and advancing knowledge.

Like all of our obese status quo institutions and organizations, they now serve a tiny number of elitists with financial aims. This story is but one from hundreds of examples of how the social contract has been violated and broken.

However, in this last phase of the Digital Revolution, new kinds of organizations are beginning to take hold, and offer concrete changes and solutions to the corruption. The People will divert their funding elsewhere, and/or demand that the Old Guard adapt to modern technology with a philosophy that actually fulfills their moral promises.

Patents are of nearly zero value in today's world, other than to the already rich & powerful - completely contrary to their purpose.

#education #monopolies #patents #decentralize_it #CRISPR #genetics

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Final battles are staged in the Digital Revolution now; it won't be much longer til this war is over.

Change or bust!

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.

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Nightfall approaches, along with a sandstorm in the background, toward Valley of the Moon in the Atacama desert.

#photography #nature #landscape #Atacama #desert
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