Derek Abbott says Australia alone could solve the world’s current and future energy needs using solar thermal and liquid hydrogen. Saul Griffith says, practically speaking this is not feasible and we need to use all available clean energy technology and reduce and conserve substantially or we are doomed. Who is “less wrong”, Derek or Saul?
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This was one of the most important and encouraging talks of this year’s TED conference:
Everyone has heard about the Large Hadron Collider, arguably the most ambitious and complex engineering project ever undertaken, anywhere. The purpose, no less ambitious, is to answer all sorts of burning questions about the nature of the universe, including whether the Standard Model of particle physics is valid. Given such ambition and high stakes, it would surprise most people that the LHC is managed in a collaborative manner with very little hierarchy. Essentially it’s a giant, crowdsourced science experiment.
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Competition, Computation, Crowdsourcing, Evolution, Games, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Socio-technical systems, Visualization, tagged Alternative Institutions, Cognition, Competition, Computation, Crowdsourcing, Evolution, Games, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Socio-technical systems, Visualization on May 25, 2009| 2 Comments »
Has anyone played Foldit, the protein-folding game that is designed to advance the science? This Wired article makes it sound like Ender’s Game meets biochemistry! Sounds like the Poehlman kid is the protein-folding equivalent of Stephen Wiltshire. I love the crowdsourcing, the meta-evolutionary algorithm of it (to find the savants), and the implications for science.
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Autism, Crowdsourcing, Limits of Knowledge, Markets, Science, Socio-technical systems, tagged Alternative Institutions, Autism, Crowdsourcing, Limits of Knowledge, Markets, Science, Socio-technical systems on May 5, 2009| 17 Comments »
I have been having a 140 character discussion with Ciarán Brewster (@macbruski) via twitter. And while it’s kind of interesting to force complex subject matter into very few characters, it is limiting the discussion, so I will summarize it so far here and hopefully others can weigh in too.
Posted in Alternative Institutions, Cancer, Cooperation, Epistemology, Evolution, Health, Interconnectedness, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Self-Fullfilling Prophecy, tagged Alternative Institutions, Cancer, Cooperation, Epistemology, Evolution, Health, Interconnectedness, Medical Breakthroughs, Science, Self-Fulfilling Prophecy on April 27, 2009| 4 Comments »
Despite hundreds of billions of dollars appropriated for cancer research, as well as the efforts of thousands of the world’s best minds, progress in preventing or curing cancer has been almost non-existent. I find this unacceptable. We should be doing better. We need to be doing better. So what’s the problem? and more importantly, how can we fix it?