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.
Link: You can vote for this review on Amazon-UK here. Thanks. What is middle age? As human life expectancy changes, so does this marker. I did wonder about those in today's world who are born with a life expectancy in the 30s or 40s. Surely their teenage years can't be called their "middle age". Luckily … Continue reading The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain
(Long post alert!) The meme is old but the current phase may well have started with Tereza's idea of starting an XX Combinator, an incubator for women entrepreneurs. New York based VC, Fred Wilson gave the idea wings on his blog. He was then quoted in a now-widely discussed Wall Street Journal article, in which … Continue reading “Women in tech”: what gives?
Link: You can vote on my Amazon Review here. Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right comes close on the heels of Umberto Eco's The Infinity of Lists. Both books are about lists and both emphasise the ability of lists to bring about order and control. Both books attracted me because I … Continue reading The Checklist Manifesto