The first 3 parts of this series talked about Website vs Web Applications, The Stack and Frameworks, and Domains, Hosting, and Servers. Each of these topics contributes a piece to what goes into the modern internet. In a dry & logical world, this is where we would end. However, as human beings in a highly complex and emotional world - connecting the world via the internet has opened up a near infinite number of ethical and privacy concerns. How do companies keep your information private? How does your browser connect securely (ie nobody else can eavesdrop) to the server it is communicating with? What do we do about legal gray areas where companies are bending the law for profits while governments move much more slowly? If you are a member of modern society (which you almost certainly are if you are reading this article), you should be paying a great deal of attention to how governments and organizations are tackling these issues.
Where our genes end and our culture begins is an age-old question, one that has not yet been answered by science. As we enter an era of genetic engineering, it's important to consider what effects this will have. Through culture, stories propagate themselves like genes do. They mutate and spread from generation to generation, and they feed off of emotion, a social energy, the same way that DNA feeds off of energy for survival and replication. This means that a fear can spread from generation to generation, with no direct experience, only through stories, advertising, and art - the things that make up culture.
While there is more than enough food on this planet to feed everybody, food distribution is the bottleneck that stops food from getting into people’s mouths. How do you get food into countries with crumbling infrastructure, lack of education, or geopolitical instability? GMOs offer a solution, with support from farmers and opposition from the natural food movement - can both sides win?
Researching how E. coli grows and divides could be a critical component to the antibacterial resistance fight. Labs work with E. coli is because it is a simple bacteria: divides quickly, gram negative, and has similar characteristics to bacteria that have already evolved.
80% of all antibiotics produced are given to factory farmed animals. Why is this harmful? Humans and animals alike have a set of microbes in our gut. Some good and some bad. When we don’t need to take antibiotics, but do anyway, this eliminates all microbes.
A new wave of innovation is sweeping modern society and its ethos can be summed up in two words: cutting waste. Since service is all about experience, the race is now fiercely on for who can deliver value with minimal imposition on the customer. Whatever products and solutions such AI delivers, the interface needs to respect the sanctity of the human action flow by bending the machine to understand the human in her own language.
It’s time we abandoned our outdated ideas of how physics should or must be done. It’s time to reconsider string theory. The evidence is quickly mounting that when it comes to theories of quantum gravity, string theory is the only game in town. It is not far-fetched to imagine that in our lifetimes, physicists could prove string theory mathematically—no experiments needed. It would be foolish for us string theorists to abandon our pursuit of truth simply because we lack experimental data, and it would be foolish for the rest of the educated populace to reject string theory because it does not fit the definition of science they’ve grown accustomed to.
At it’s core, blockchain is built off the science of cryptography, transferring information balancing needs for speed and security. But blockchain goes beyond banking, it also plays a potentially powerful role in voting. Nimit Sawhney, co-founded Voatz, a way to vote securely using blockchain, biometrics, and wearables. If it were around today, you could vote from your smartphone in the upcoming November general election.
SMR, Social Media Reality can be just as mind-bending as wearing a VR headset.
Tech leadership now holds more power than any government agency or group of people on this planet. Why? Because they drive the creation and distribution of new and powerful technologies.
Vipassana means to “to see things as they really are.” As one of many creators in technology, I raise the challenge to all creators: can we figure out a way to profit from engaged users by fostering enthusiasm, joy, and health?
How can we get the intimacy that we need in a world with so many people and new technologies for connecting?
Each year in West Africa floods take lives dozens of lives, displace thousands of families, and destroy tens of thousands of hectares of cropland. The plus side of all this water is that it has enormous potential for electricity production, making hydropower plants keys to economic security and growth in the region.
With growing interest in consciousness, there are so many ways to ask the questions: what makes us, us? And what will make them, them? Today’s newsletter is part of a series that explores the hardware aspects of human consciousness, and what components would be necessary for a conscious machine intelligence.
When food is lost, many Americans go hungry. How technology can make sure that food gets into bellies and stays out of landfills. or every 6 Americans, one goes hungry. For every 9 humans on this planet, one sleeps on an empty stomach. And for every meal that makes it from the farm to your plate, 4 meals worth of food are lost — either left in the field, wasted in restaurants, or spoiled in transit.