TED Talk: Neri Oxman on Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology

first_imgThanks to my colleague Dan Cooney for sharing this TED talk on Facebook. Source: TEDThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTED Talk: The Tranformative Power of Video Games [Video]I admit it. I’m not a video game player. When Myst was released in 1993, I was one of the first people to play it at the software company where I worked. We all gathered together in one office to try and figure out what it was all about. I…In “Internet”How Technology Helps People Who Are Blind Explore the World [TED Talk]In her [email protected] talk earlier this year, inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa spoke about how technology is improving the quality of life for people who are blind. Asakawa, blind since the age of fourteen, discussed how she developed a digital Braille editor, dictionary and library network. Watch the ten-minute…In “Accessibility”TED: An Internet Without Screens [Video]When you envision your happy place, what do you see? Bright lights? Vinyl flooring? Probably not. Rather it’s likely a place with natural light, perhaps outside at the beach, or in a garden, or near a fireplace. Perhaps you’re reading, eating, or chatting with family members or friends. It’s a…In “Inspiration” Imagine a world where digital technologies interact with the biological world to create nanoscale graphics made of genetically engineered microorganisms that glow in the dark. That’s the world of today, where architect and designer Neri Oxman talks about creating structures and objects that are inspired by, for, and with nature. In this 18-minute TED talk, Oxman discusses the melding of four fields of design and technology that she and her students are exploring and innovating.These fields are computational design, allowing us to design complex forms with simple code; additive manufacturing, letting us produce parts by adding material rather than carving it out; materials engineering, which lets us design the behavior of materials in high resolution; and synthetic biology, enabling us to design new biological functionality by editing DNA.last_img read more

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Social Sentry Lets Employers Track Their Workers Across the Internet

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… How would you feel if your employer constantly tracked your activity on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter in real time? If it’s up to Teneros, your employer will soon use the company’s new Social Sentry service to follow your every move on social media sites in real time. As Teneros points out, more than 70% of white collar workers have Facebook accounts – which they regularly access during work hours – and a number of corporations like Domino’s Pizza and British Airways have recently suffered major damage to their carefully constructed brand images because of their employees’ actions on social networks. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Tags:#news#NYT#privacy#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Advantages of Using Social Sentry According to Teneros:Social Discovery – Discover employee social network presence across Twitter, Facebook and other social networksAnywhere Monitoring – Monitor employee social network activity occurring from any deviceAutomated Rules Engine – Create advanced content monitoring rules with automatic notifications and alertsReporting & Analytics – Create reports and analyze social network usage by employees across time, source and networkTrack Your Employees Across the WebSocial Sentry gives employers the ability to track their employees’ online activity, provides granular real-time tracking and allows employers to “monitor employee public communication happening from any location, within the corporate network or public Internet.” The services gives employers the ability to monitor select users or the entire employee base. The idea behind this, of course, is to make sure that employees don’t leak sensitive information on social networks or engage in any behavior that could damage a company’s reputation. From a corporation’s point of view, this makes complete sense. After all, these companies have to ensure that their secrets are protected, compliance regulations are followed and risky behavior by their employees is exposed quickly. On the other hand, most employees would probably have strong feelings about a system that constantly tracks their every move on the Internet (even if they use an alias, by the way).If The Data is Already Public, Is Aggregating it an Invasion of Privacy?Of course, Social Sentry only tracks information that is already public, but as Danah Boyd noted in her SXSW keynote earlier this month, even the aggregation of seemingly public data can quickly feel like an invasion of privacy. Until now, tracking data from all your employees would have been an arduous and costly task, but with a program like Social Sentry, it’s automated, easy and relatively cheap.How Would You Feel if Your Employer Used Social Sentry?How would you feel if your employer started using Social Sentry and kept track of all of your comments on Twitter and YouTube? Would you be okay with that? Is it just the same as a drug test and a background check, or would you quit your job if your employer started using this tool?last_img read more

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Setting Data Free With Gapminder

first_imgLast month Hans Rosling, the Swedish global health professor, statician and sword swallower released a desktop version of Gapminder World, his mesmerizing data visualization tool. Named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers in 2009, the information design visionary co-founded Gapminder.org with his son and daughter-in-law aiming to make the world’s most important trends accessible and digestible to global leaders, policy makers and the general public. The software they developed, Trendalyzer, (acquired by Google in 2007) translates static numbers into dynamic, interactive bubbles moving through time. The desktop version of Gapminder, which is still in beta, allows you to create and present graphs without an Internet connection.Emily Cunningham is a research intern at ReadWriteWeb and a design and user experience intern at OpenMRS.org. She is pursuing a Master in Information Management at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Emily is continually fascinated by the way social technologies are enabling collective action in new forms and on a scale we’ve never seen before. You can contact her at [email protected] or via Twitter: @emahlee.What is AwesomeMany of same things that make the Web-based version of Gapminder a great tool applies to the desktop version:Graphs are highly dynamic and yet easy to understand and create. Presenting data as animated colored dots allows you to show the relationship between sets of information at a level of complexity that’s impossible in your typical graphing program.The interactive nature of the graphs lets users’ curiosity lead them to more discoveries about the data. You might, for instance, click on one or two dots representing countries and all the other country dots fade in the background. You can then compare the life expectancy and income per person of say, India and Vietnam. Accessing the raw data for the graph is as easy as clicking a button.The example graphs are fun to browse and play with. For instance, “USA or China, who emits the most CO2?” and “Who has the most Internet users?” Benefits specific to Gapminder Desktop include: For presentation purposes, having the ability to bookmark graphs for easy reference is invaluable. (And with automatic software you never have to worry if your data is out of date.)Obviously not needing a Internet connection is a big bonus. Especially if you’re giving a lecture in a resource-constrained part of the world with unreliable Internet connectivity.Definitely don’t miss Rosling’s screencast (below) explaining how to use the application. Bonus: He gives five good tips on how to give a successful presentation with the software. Double bonus: Rosling is an endearing, quirky guy and is entertaining to listen to even in a “how to” screencast. (See his answer to “What’s it like knowing so many on reedit (sic) have intense nerd crushes on you?” in this screencast for more Rosling goodness.) Tags:#Data Services#Statistics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market What Needs WorkIn a word: social. I would love to see the most shared and viewed graphs as well as new graphs and the people who made them. Peering in on conversations to see how people are using the graphs in their own work would be interesting and might help spark more ideas on how to use the content. I’m thinking of the way Wordnik displays the most recent tweets of a given looked-up word to give users more context to its meaning. I can also imagine people discovering one another as well as important discussions and collaborations coming out of a more social Gapminder. Right now, Gapminder World has a “share” button, but all it does is give users a shortened bit.ly URL instructing them to “copy the short link below and paste it in a blog or send it by e-mail.” (Though not necessarily in real-time, you can imagine the desktop version of the app getting the same information as the website version.) Another benefit to having more social information displayed: It gives users more hooks to play with the tool. Yes, the data is very interesting. But with over 600 indicators, I found myself not going as deep into the data as I probably could have; it just got overwhelming at some point. Seeing the titles of other people’s graphs probably would have kept me tinkering around a bit longer. I played around with the pre-made “example” graphs more than making my own graphs, in fact.The Larger PictureYou won’t comprehend the full power of Gapminder unless you watch at least one of Rosling’s TED talks. His passion and style makes him a joy to watch. As TED notes, “With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called ‘developing world.’”Rosling is a master at understanding global statistics and communicating the underlining trends they reveal. But what I find most admirable about Rosling is his commitment to making important information and insights understandable by everyone. Freeing public data from database hell so that it can be used by experts and laypersons alike is one of his goals. It was also the impetus behind creating Gapminder. In a Gapcast titled “Free Statistics for Democracy,” Rosling explains in his typical humorous style that his target audience consists of “children below 12 and heads of state. Because they both, they don’t want people to show them boring graphs, you know and pretend. They want to see for themselves.” While children and global leaders are on his target list, his real audience is you and me: “The main decision makers we have aren’t government, it’s not policy makers; it’s the public… Decision making, policy setting is done by the public in a democracy. So we have to change. Statistics means bookkeeping of the state. Serving the decision makers within the state.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts guest author 1last_img read more

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Meet the Speed Geeks from Today’s RWW 2WAY Summit

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#web audrey watters Related Posts The RWW 2WAY Summit is not a pitch event, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great opportunity for tech companies to showcase their products. So today we invited a group of startups and established companies to present at our conference, a continuation of what’s become a tradition at ReadWriteWeb’s tech events: Speed Geeking.Rather than taking turns on stage going through slides and talking about a product, speed geeking has startups presenting simultaneously. Audience members circulate from table to table, watching demos – not PowerPoints. The tech companies have five minutes to give their presentations and answer questions, and then a whistle is blown (or in this case, our own Marshall Kirkpatrick shouts “Time’s up”) and people migrate to another table. It’s an interesting way for participants to see demos in a more casual (yet very high energy) situation. And it’s a chance for companies to answer questions and get feedback from a wide range of tech enthusiasts.The following companies showed off their wares today:OpenStudy: OpenStudy is building the largest online study group in the world. Students are able to join OpenStudy and – 24/7 – find others who are working in similar subject areas. Students can ask each other questions and help each other with studying and homework. Last month alone, some 25,000 math questions were asked on the site, the majority of which were answered by other students within 5 minutes.SecretSocial: SecretSocial is an on-demand and ephemeral social network that offers privacy for its participants. Conversations on SecretSocial last only 15 minutes to one week. Then the data is erased from the system. SecretSocial wants to create an alternative place for conversations online that avoid the “endless data trail” that we leave behind.Crowd Scanner: Crowd Scanner provides an interesting way to meet people at various events. The app turns networking into a game of “People Hunt,” with questions and rewards for figuring out people’s identities.Soup: Soup wants to pull all of your digital data into one location and give you an easy way to present visualizations and other customized ways to present that material (such as mapping out all your various check-ins). The startup copies your data from various social networks, but says that it has no plans to sell that data. Rather it plans to monetize based on premium presentation templates.SpotOn: SpotOn offers an iPad and iPhone app that gives you dining recommendations based on you and your friends’ Foursquare and Facebook check-ins. SpotOn lets you rate these places very quickly so you can help get recommendations, but also give recommendations, to your friends.OneDrum: OneDrum helps make Microsoft Office work more like Google Docs, letting multiple users simultaneously collaborate on a document. Currently, OneDum works with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel, but ideally the platform could be extended to work with any piece of software.Pixable: Facebook may be the largest photo sharing site, but a lot of the photo searching and browsing capabilities of Facebook leave a lot to be desired. Pixable’s apps – particularly its iPad app – address this. Pixable takes the photos from your News Feed and presents them in a much more enjoyable format. The app also lets you see popular photos and follow particular friends’ photo updates (which, quite honestly, is probably one of the most compelling things shared to Facebook these days).Singly: Our personal data is strewn all of the Web. Some of it we share willingly. Some of it, not so willingly. Regardless, even though it is “our data,” that information resides in a multitude of locations and often with a multitude of other people having access to it. Singly is working on The Locker Project which will be a centralized and personal place for everyone to house their information. The Locker Project wants to give users control over their own personal data – deciding who can access that information, for example. Ideally developers will be able to build apps on top of our lockers.Today’s Speed Geeking session wasn’t just about startups. Both the API provider (and ReadWriteWeb sponsor) Mashery and the game-maker Rovio also had tables and talked about their latest offerings. You can watch a video of today’s Speed Geeking session here.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Connecticut ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Manufacturing Apprenticeship Credit Expanded to Pass-Through Entity Owners and Other Personal Income Taxpayers

first_imgThe Connecticut General Assembly has overridden Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of legislation that expands the manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit to personal income taxpayers. The credit currently applies only against the corporation business tax. The credit equals $6.00 per hour, up to the lesser of $7,500 or 50% of the actual apprentice wages. The period for claiming the credit depends on the apprenticeship program’s duration. The period is the first year for a two-year program and first three years for a four-year program.If the taxpayer is an S corporation or an entity treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, the legislation allows the owners and partners to claim the credit. Pass-through entities eligible for the credit may no longer sell, assign, or transfer the credit to other taxpayers to corporations, utility companies, or petroleum products distribution companies. The credit may not be claimed against personal income withholding tax liability. The changes to the manufacturing apprenticeship credit are effective July 1, 2017 and applicable to income or taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.Finally, the legislation shifts, from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to the Program Review and Investigation Committee (PRI), the responsibility for preparing the three-year evaluation of the state’s economic development tax incentives, reduces the report’s scope, and requires the General Assembly’s appropriations and finance committees to hold hearings on the report.Act 16-183 (H.B. 5636), Laws 2016, effective June 20, 2016 and as notedlast_img read more

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UST formally welcomes Aldin Ayo as new head coach

first_imgUST welcomes Coach Aldin Ayo as the Head Coach of the Growling Tigers! pic.twitter.com/w8I9wALAcA— IPEA (@ust_ipea) January 8, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas officially welcomed Aldin Ayo as the new head coach of its men’s basketball team.“As the university moves forward in preparation for the next season, the Thomasian community welcomes the new head coach of the UST Growling Tigers, coach Aldin Ayo,” the school wrote in a statement released on Monday through the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics’ Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The school showed excitement over what the future holds for the team with Ayo in charge.“We look forward with much hope and gratitude as we remain one with the entire UST community and alumni in our commitment to the formation of well-rounded Thomasian student-athletes through excellent sports program.”UST reportedly inked Ayo to a six-year deal. He is set to be formally introduced on Thursday. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives The statement also is well aware of Ayo’s situation with La Salle. His contract expired at the end of last year that led to UST pursuing the services of the 40-year-old mentor, who won championships in his stops in Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in the UAAP. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The school also raised two key points which led to it deciding to go with the Sorsogon-native Ayo.“First, the basketball program that he espouses is based on discipline that gives primary importance to the academic life of the student-athletes, believing that athletes who are hardworking in their studies are likewise those who are able to handle themselves properly both on and off the court. This is the same ideal that UST has constantly advocated since the inception of its athletic program,” it said.“Second, coach Ayo is a well-accomplished coach who is likewise more than willing to accommodate the university’s modest salary scheme, thus demonstrating his desire to provide guidance to his players in this educative process outweighs all else.”UST brass expressed confidence that Ayo can turn the Growling Tigers’ fortunes around after the team missed the UAAP Final Four for the last two seasons, including a humiliating 1-13 slate, under Boy Sablan in Season 80.“Indeed, as a Dominican institution of higher learning, we in UST actively collaborate with individuals who can help us fulfill our vision to form student-athletes to become not only competitive in their chosen fields, but more importantly respectful of their competitors,” it read. “We believe that such thrust concurs with the convictions of coach Ayo, who is himself a product of Dominican education, and whose basketball program supports the image that we in UST wish to draw in the canvass of our student-athletes.”ADVERTISEMENT Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

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a month agoEverton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 boss David Unsworth admits they are having to ‘rebuild’ midfielder Beni Baningime’s game.A summer switch to Denmark, with Brondby and Silkeborg both said to be interested, fell through after talks stalled and Baningime has started the season with Unsworth’s under-23 side.The Congo-born starlet joined Wigan Athletic on loan in January but made just one appearance before returning to Merseyside and has not featured for Everton’s senior side since the draw at Swansea in 2018 when Sam Allardyce was manager.”I think he’s getting back to the levels he was at,” Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo.”He had a disappointing season last year which happens sometimes. We have to rebuild him and we’re certainly rebuilding him.”The good thing about Beni is the foundations are solid and he’s a great kid. He just needs game-time. He didn’t have a lot of that last year for whatever reason but that’s gone now.” last_img read more

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8 days agoMan City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haalandby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have joined the interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland.The Norwegian striker has caught the attention of top clubs after a staggering 18 goals in 11 games this season.The 19-year-old is also wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United among a number of others.And City have joined them after sending scouts to watch the forward against Liverpool in the Champions League, says The Sun.It is understood Salzburg are looking to get around £50m for Haaland, but would be reluctant to sell in January. last_img

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RCMP seeking APTNs Elsipogtog shale gas protest footage

first_imgAPTN National NewsRCMP in New Brunswick are going after news media for footage of shale gas protests last year.The RCMP is trying to get the footage from APTN National News, CBC, Global, Rogers TV and some New Brunswick newspapers.A New Brunswick judge granted the request this week.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, court documents reveal an extensive RCMP investigation.last_img

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Michael Phelps Natalie Coughlin travel to Ohio State for Columbus Grand Prix

The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is no stranger to Olympic medalists, and the nation’s best have descended on campus to compete this weekend. Before taking to the pool in the 2012 NCAA Championships, some members of the Ohio State swimming and diving teams will participate alongside headliners Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin in the Columbus Grand Prix Friday through Sunday. “Many swimmers from around the world will be here,” said OSU men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley. “There’s a lot on the line.” OSU is the fourth stop on the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series, a seven-city tour that allows swimmers the opportunity to compete against the best in the sport and prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are scheduled to take place June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb., and U.S. Olympic Games in London. First place performances are awarded five points. Three points go to second place and one point for third. The athlete with the most points at the end of the series is given $20,000. Frontrunner and 14-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps leads the pack with 41 points. Defending Grand Prix Series winner Missy Franklin trails by six going into the meet. Additional visiting American Olympians include Jason Lezak, Matt Grevers, Christine Magnuson, Allison Schmitt and more. But to other contenders, the competition site will feel like home. Former OSU swimmer, Elliott Keefer, who broke school records in his senior season as a Buckeye last year, will compete in the breaststroke representing the U.S. National team. Keefer’s former teammate, junior Tim Phillips, is on the roster of the OSU men’s swimming team but chose to redshirt this season. “He has decided to sit this year out because he is so close to making the Olympic team,” Wadley said. “It’s difficult to balance 20 to 30 hours of studying and 20 to 30 hours of swimming. One of them is going to suffer.” Phillips will participate in the Columbus Grand Prix in the same bout as Phelps. “Tim is in the butterfly event and they only take the top two to the Olympics,” Wadley said. “In order to be in the top two, you either have to be No. 2 behind Michael or beat him.” Preliminaries begin daily at 9 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m. Time trials will be held in between. read more

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