18 January 2008

Mostly excellent talks

The current and future state of synthetic biology. The possibility of some asshole releasing a new black plague on us suddenly became a bit more real. Mentions the bioengineering toolkit at parts.mit.edu. This field is moving very quickly.

Entertaining talk on how the pace of innovation in certain branches of medicine are taking on Moores Law-features. What Kessler says it will lead to is preventive (as opposed to curative) medicine as biomarkers and DNA readings become abundant and cheap.

Web 2.0 evangelist David Weinberger debates very British internet sceptic Andrew Keen (in the 2nd half of the video). Chaired by computer legend Walt Mossberg.

Norman Podhoertz lectures on "The Case for Bombing Iran". Nauseating.
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