Archive for February, 2011

Foresight Links for Feb 28, 6:00 am

// February 28th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Feb 28, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Michio Kaku on 2013 Solar Maximum: “It Would Paralyze the Planet Earth”, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Maybe it’s nothing at all! Maybe. Still, I have enough room in my thoughts to consider this, even if the probability is low. I don’t think anyone has the expertise to say for sure one way or the other. A real analysis would involve probability distributions over solar energy flux …
  • Cosmic Snow Storm Observed, Janice Karin @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s EPOXI mission recently observed a cosmic snow storm originating from the comet Hartley 2. Consisting of both ice particles spewing from the ends of the comet and water vapor escaping from the middle o…
  • Future News – February 25, 2011, Rick Schettino @ – The Future News Archive:
    3D bio-printers to print skin and body parts (video) Scientists make transgenic fungus to fight malaria Scientists Say Newborn Mice Can Regrow Damaged Hearts Watch the Bipedal Robot Marathon Live Feb 24-27th! (videos) Microsoft Kinect-powered robot to…
  • Aging, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    About: The International Aging Research Portfolio (IARP) is an independent non-profit initiative serving the aging research community, academic, corporate, patient advocacy and charitable funding organizations worldwide. The AgingPortfolio.Org system is a flexible and highly scalable knowledge management system developed to enable funding organizations to collaborate, track, analyze, structure, make …
  • Elderly Can See Longer with NeoVista, Ehud Rattner @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    NeoVista, based in California, is investigating a new treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a medical condition usually found in older adults that results in a loss of vision. Although there are treatments for this ailment, they are inv…

Hindsight Links for Feb 25, 6:00 am

// February 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Feb 25, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • True size of Vatican City, Nathan Yau @ FlowingData:True Size vatican

    We saw the true size of Africa, relative to the world’s largest countries, by Kai Krause last year. Taking it in the other direction, xefer shows the true size of Vatican City, world’s smallest state, with an area of approximately 110 acres. That’s just big enough to house a handful …

  • An atomic theory of business size, Seth Godin @ Seth’s Blog:
    The magic of the periodic table is that every atom is one thing or another–there isn’t a stable element that’s sort of oxygen and sort of nitrogen. If there were, there would be millions of elements, not a few hundred….
  • Wow, Fred Wilson @ A VC:
    I came upstairs to my office at 5:15am this morning with a simple plan. I was going to read through the comments to yesterdays post and select one and write a blog post. 5am to 7am is my writing/thinking time….
  • Design Indaba: Pecha Kucha, Karen Day @ Cool Hunting:
    From the seven recent design graduates highlighted for their distinct talents at Cape Town’s Design Indaba conference on creativity, three particularly stand out for their innovative viewpoint and compelling demonstrations. While the others—Camille Blin, Dirk Van Der Kooij, Lindsay Kinkade and Christine Goudie—all presented well-founded concepts in their respective fields,…
  • Gibbon Slacklines, Evan Orensten @ Cool Hunting:
    From its origins in the 1970s—when it was used by climbers for practising their moves in parking lots and eventually to bypass terrain that was hard to climb across—Slacklines have more recently also become a great training tool to strengthen your core and improve your balance or just fun…

Insight Links for Feb 23, 6:00 am

// February 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Feb 23, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Memo to Syria, Ian Ayres @ Freakonomics:
    Readers of this blog may be surprised to learn that in 2005 I coauthored an article with Jonathan Macey which made explicit predictions about the future of democratization in Egypt. In 2005, Jonathan and I wrote: “We also posit that economic reform wil…
  • Building a new education system, from the p2p ground up …, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    Another great video from Michael Wesch, how would you build a new education system, from the ground up, knowing what we know today? Michael “is back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray …
  • Towards a Distributed Internet, Team @ P2P Foundation:
    Douglas Rushkoff recently announced ContactCon in October, 2011 ( following up on his post ). Now, Venessa Miemis, in collaboration with Paul B. Hartzog, Richard C. Adler, and Sam Rose of the Future Forward Institute http://futureforwardinstitute….
  • Middle East Despot Watch, Team @ Freakonomics:
    I’ve been watching developments in the Middle East and Northern Africa closely. It can be hard to keep track of it all. Fortunately, the prediction markets at InTrade provide a useful barometer.
  • Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader (From 1895)?, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    The Salina Journal, a daily newspaper in Salina, Kansas, has published a final exam that was given to local eighth-graders in 1895 (via this friendly website). (“It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society a…

Foresight Links for Feb 21, 6:00 am

// February 21st, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Feb 21, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • 61 Year Old Gives Birth To Grandchild, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    A Chicago woman took matters into her own hand in order to become a grandmother. Almost 39 weeks ago, Kristine Casey set out on an unusual journey to help her daughter and answer a spiritual calling. Her goal was achieved late Wednesday when she gave b…
  • RNA Used to Reprogram Cells, Janice Karin @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts developed a new method for reprogramming human skin cells into other cells. Their method delivers the necessary genes using messenger RNA instead of the viruses curren…
  • The Next Step in Evolution?, Ehud Rattner @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Scientist from Radboud University, the Netherlands, recently published an article describing a new evolutionary model. While this study relies on Darwin’s familiar writings, this approach differs by suggesting a new hierarchy, allowing scientists to pa…
  • Saudi Oil Exports Drop 4.9%, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Growth in domestic oil consumption in Saudi Arabia is cutting into Saudi oil exports. This trend will continue. Higher prices enable them to export less. Saudi Arabia’s exports fell to 6.05 million barrels a day in December from 6….
  • Wolfram on Alpha and Watson, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Stephen Wolfram has a good blog post up describing how Alpha and Watson work and the difference between them. He also describes how Alpha is ultimately better because it is more open-ended and works based on logic rather than corpus-matching. Honestly I was more impressed by the release of Alpha …

Insight Links for Feb 18, 9:19 pm

// February 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Feb 18, 9:19 pm // Opinion

  • The shadow workers of the iceberg economy, the other ‘invisible hand’, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    Radicals often speak as though we live in a bleak landscape in which the good has yet to be born, the revolution yet to begin. As Constantino points out, both of them are here, right now, and they always have been. They are represented in countless acts of solidarity and resistance, and sometimes they even […]
  • How Women and Men Spend Their Money, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Both men and women lie to their partners about their spending, but the money similarities between the genders seem to end there. Viviana A. Zelizer explores the differences in a Wall Street Journal article, writing that women in many different cultures…
  • The LWOT: "JihadJane" expected to plead guilty; Spanish judge sets deadline on Gitmo investigation – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • The Art of Upheaval – By Christina Larson, CHRISTINA LARSON @ Foreign Policy:
    How Egyptian artists channeled a society’s immense frustrations and foreshadowed the revolution.
  • A New Leader for Egypt’s Protesters? – By Blake Hounshell, BLAKE HOUNSHELL @ Foreign Policy:
    An emotional figurehead emerges after nearly two weeks in darkness, but the masses in Tahrir are moving further apart as the days progress.
  • Mobile Banking Takes Off in Kenya, Team @ Freakonomics:
    A new paper by William Jack and Tavneet Suri looks at M-PESA, a mobile-money transfer service in Kenya. Mobile banking has become particularly popular in the developing world, where safe, reliable banking has historically been limited, and often availa…
  • Need to Turn Off His Sex Drive? Cry, Team @ Freakonomics:
    What happens to men when women cry? A new study finds that, as in mice, human tears may serve a “chemosignaling function.” Specifically, female tears seem to reduce male sexual arousal.
  • Eyeballing the Forbidden Fruit, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Ordering your significant other to ignore the attractive person at the next table might backfire, according to a new study.
  • Did the Rooney Rule Really Work?, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Last week, Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim wrote a guest post about black coaches in the NFL and the introduction of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority applicant when filling head-coaching spots. Moskowitz …
  • Scorecasting: A Guest Post, Team @ Freakonomics:
    When my wife saw the cover of the new book Scorecasting by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, which was sitting on my bedside table, all she could do was shake her head.

Hindsight Links for Feb 18, 6:00 am

// February 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Feb 18, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Super Priority Inbox, Fred Wilson @ A VC:
    I love gmail priority inbox. I can’t imagine doing email in an email client that doesn’t have this feature. For those who are not familiar with priority inbox, it’s a feature that splits the gmail inbox into three sections. The…
  • The Essence of a Great Presentation, Team @
    [For more, visit the Communication Insight Center.] Last week, I played the piano for my friend Macy Robison’s cabaret-style recital…
  • Help Employees Listen When They Don’t Want to Hear, Team @
    [For more, visit the Communication Insight Center.] When change initiatives fail, the culprit is often a lack of good communication…
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, Team @ Cool Hunting:
    Among the many new exciting games and oddities at the 2011 Toy Fair, Activision’s latest gaming experience for the Nintendo Wii stood out for its fresh take on role-playing games. Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is action-packed entertainment that lets player interaction cross between the game and real worlds. The game…
  • Solowheel, Karen Day @ Cool Hunting:
    Like a stripped-down Segway, Inventist’s new Solowheel is geared for the mobile urbanite. The “self-balancing electric unicycle” operates through gyroscopic technology, which a 1000-watt rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers. On a full charge (which takes about 45 minutes), the Solowheel lasts two hours—but the battery actually recaptures energy when going…

Insight Links for Feb 16, 6:00 am

// February 16th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Feb 16, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Thomas Goetz: It’s time to redesign medical data, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.03:
    Your medical chart: it’s hard to access, impossible to read — and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it. At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insigh…
  • Event Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.03:
    IWSOS 2011, Fifth International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems , Karlsruhe, Germany, 2011/02/23-25 2011 Complexity Conference, Evanston, IL, USA, 2011/03/6-7 Natural Computing Winter School, Hakodate, Japan, 2011/03/15-16 Imagin…
  • Webcast Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.03:
    Lakeside Research Days 2010. Smarter Cities NYC. Posted on 2009/10/05 ASSYST Digital Library. Since 09/09 Complex Systems Teleconferences. Since 09/09 Symmetry Festival 2009, Budapest, Hungary, 09/08/1-4….
  • Other Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.03:
    ASSYSTComplexity One of the main goals of the ASSYST Coordination Action is to promote Complex Systems for Socially Intelligent ICT (COSI-ICT) and, more generally, Complex Systems (CS) Science in Europe and Worldwide. We do this by communicating wi…
  • In Fast-Forward Middle East, Think Backgammon Not Dominoes, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    By Mort Rosenblum


        Egypt toppled after Tunisia, and now others totter. Distant analysts seize on the obvious: dominoes. But the Middle East plays backgammon, far more intricate and old as the Sphinx….