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The Challenges of Abundance

Many of us barely realize, but the abundance that our society is able to provide is creating problems that we have to address, similarly to how we have addressed problems of scarcity in the past. The most fundamental scarcity or abundance that we know and recognize readily is that of food. Humanity’s history has been …

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Digital Biology

Probably the most important immediate benefit that you can derive from digital biology, is the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19. This has been developed, tested. and then produced based on our increased knowledge about what is the digital basis of biology, and how it works. But there are many other benefits as well: from understanding your …

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When a Friend Dies

My friend Scott Mize died last week from the consequences of a stroke that he received while walking around San Francisco a few days earlier. Maybe because we die for the first time, breaking a chain of life billions of years long, it is shocking. Or maybe my life is particularly lucky, and with the …

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Open Source Fighting COVID-19

Society wants to incentivise creativity and private enterprise. Copyrights patents and trademarks have emerged as a protection of what we today call intellectual property. There are plenty of examples when these serve a useful purpose, however excessive extensions to the expiration of copyright as well as harmful patent trolls show the negative side of this …

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Keep An Eye On The Growth Factor

None of those who follow my posts or videos have missed the exponential nature of the spread of COVID-19. Those people are surprised, who are not used to seeing the progressive doubling even if it starts from an apparently negligible basis become disruptive. There are many considerations to be made, and lessons that will hopefully …

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Mental Health

We must be alert to each other, and make sure human relationships, augmented by technology, allow us to nurture our mental health. Talking about mental health must become as natural and widespread as talking about. Mental health is a delicate subject that we are not accustomed to address. There are a lot of biases around the …

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Everyday neuroplasticity

Your brain is surprisingly adaptable, and capable of taking advantage of new conditions it is exposed to. Simple sensorial experiments in vision, motion, and auditory input allow you to reveal the unexpected consequences of neuroplasticity. Can the changes that we induce provide clues for better memory, faster learning, and higher degrees of intelligence? The following …

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Our mobile phones are empowering a new awareness of health and nutrition

Every generation of mobile phones gets richer with sensors and easier to use with smart software applications, enabling constant monitoring of fitness data, for better nutrition and healthier lifestyles. Recent applications in India will positively impact the lives of millions. It is a frequent criticism against technology that it only helps the wealthy, or those …

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The evolving human condition

Human technological civilization existed on the planet for ten thousand years, and has had an effect strong enough all around for this period to be called the Antropocene by Nobel Prize winning chemist Paul Krutzen. It is not exactly clear how people lived twenty or thirty thousand years ago, with idealistic views about communal sharing …

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