We are framing Covid19 too simplistically, just as we did obesity, and hoping for a silver bullet -- a cure, a vaccine. Just like obesity this may be a losing battle.
Governance models while necessary are insufficient consideration in the face of emergencies; the organisation (or a nation) fundamentally need to have competence, resources, and skills, built in peace times.
Small data, protecting kids online, metabolite surveillance, and tech nihilism are this week’s picks.
Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
This week, it is all about technology and culture. Culture, to me, is a catch-all term for how we think, feel, live, behave, interact and grow (or indeed retrograde). Technology is but science in action, and co-evolves with culture. In which, Sebastian Normandin explores the allure of pseudoscience -- man's search, sometimes desperate, for meaning: … Continue reading Four For Friday (24)
This week’s eclectic, interesting reads: At the cusp of technology and regulation, Matthew C Nisbet argues why scientists must join food activists in examining regulation. This in the context of GE crops. The designer of all things i - Sir Jonathan iVe, oops, Ive - on his quest for simplicity, and why simplicity isn't simple. … Continue reading Four For Friday (17)
This week's eclectic, interesting reads: The hall of shame? A list of VCs with no female investing partners. One step closer to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind? The forgetting pill. The case for the e-book as a more intimate literary experience. Mark Zuckerberg as an autocratic dictator? You don't say.