A chronicle of the things I find interesting or deeply important. Exploring generally 4 pillars of intense research. Dynamic Cognition (what every one else calls AI), Self Healing Infrastructures (how to build technological Utopia), Autonomous work routing and Action Oriented Workflow (sending work to the worker) and Supermortality (how to live...to arbitrarily long life spans by ending the disease of aging to death.)
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Life of a Cell video and other biology resources...
Harvard has a set of excellent online resources for detailed technical information concerning countless topics in science. Last year I came across the multimedia site for the biology department through a video called Inner Life this video shows in visual CGI glory the beautiful dance of biomolecules inside the cell. I have a very visual memory and the processes that I read about and could only imagine when I was in HS are put to beautiful motion in this video. Check out the different versions on the page with and without narration. The myocin molecule walking animation is an amazing demonstrating of a cyclic biomechanical operation that occurs simply because of a periodic affinity and bond energy change between the operative molecules...so beautiful. My favorite part was the mRna to protein synthesis segment of the animation, just like I always imagined it! The page also has animations of other cellular functions as well as demonstrations of conservation of energy principles. (which ultimately are the root source of ALL time evolved change weather it be in living or non living things)
Another resource I came across in 2005 is a general primer on DNA, mRNA transcription, and protein synthesis. Animations make the concepts described easy to comprehend.
I think that the author misses truths that have been in place that show that collectivization is not a process that started with the internet but has been with us since we started inventing things.
It seems that Mr. Lanier is not properly defining the contexts under which different problems can benefit or suffer from collectivization. He speaks in general terms of the loss of the potential for creators to extract profit from their work but misses that this is and was true of human civilization since we first picked up a rock to use as a crude hammer. New things make old things obsolete and people MUST adapt to what is displaced (be it a former human performance of that task or use of an older product) so as to main…
I have found as more non formally trained people enter the coding space, the quality of code that results varies in an interesting way.
The formalities of learning to code in a structured course at University involve often strong focus on "correctness" and efficiency in the form of big O representations for the algorithms created.
Much less focus tends to be placed on what I'll call practical programming, which is the type of code that engineers (note I didn't use "programmers" on purpose) must learn to write.
Programmers are what Universities create, students that can take a defined development environment and within in write an algorithm for computing some sequence or traversing a tree or encoding and decoding a string. Efficiency and invariant rules are guiding development missions. Execution time for creating the solution is often a week or more depending on the professor and their style of teaching code and giving out problems. This type of coding is devo…
I've intimated this view before but, I abhor "live coding" exercises for engineering interviews and will never have them as part of any interview process I conduct. They are simply unrealistic to real world engineering in every possible way, they only test familiarity (or luck) with a tiny subset of solution methods to a specif subset of problems...that you either "nail" or get spectacularly wrong depending on who is observing you.
They are mostly entirely unfair to the candidate on top of the pressure of having a gun under them while coding, only in the most extreme cases is coding under the gun and that's just competitions where the code is far from real world engineering related...so why test for general coding ability with such tests?? Stupid.
I posit, it is significantly more effective to see examples of a candidates finished working code in the form of a project or projects they've created. How long it took some one to get some uber algorithm work…