Planet Rationalist

December 20, 2014

CONTRARY BRIN

Resilience and Reliability - keys to tomorrow

Whenever I go talk to corporations, agencies or public groups about the future, one word I emphasize is "resilience." Try as you might, to predict the future and anticipate threats -- neutralizing enemies and preparing your professional responders -- sooner or later some surprise is going to hit, hard.  And when anticipation fails, resilience is our 'other thing.'  Our ability as individuals, families, communities to pull together and maintain islands of civilization -- till the islands can swiftly knit back together again.

That's the theme underlying The Postman, which was my answer to all the gleeful, Mad Max type celebrations of apocalypse. It's why I have pushed peer-to-peer text passing for our cell phones, and other simple reforms that could make a vast difference in our empowerment as citizens, to hang on, till help arrives.  Or to be the help for those across the valley, or the nation, or world.

 ==  Resilience on our rooftops and in our pockets ==

by David Brin at Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:30 Instapaperify

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Singularity University Labs Startup Accelerator

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by Singularity University at Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:21 Instapaperify

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Feedback (quick & lots of it) and the End of Theory

Feedback (quick & lots of it) and the End of Theory
From the mediaX Conference "Science & Technology of Feedback": Byron Reeves discusses his research on human computer interaction and how emerging technologies have enabled the collection of innumerable data points from one individual.
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/11/17/Feedback_quick__lots_of_it_and_the_End_of_Theory







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:36 Instapaperify

Balancing Design & Technology in Feedback for Change

Balancing Design & Technology in Feedback for Change
From the mediaX Conference "Science & Technology of Feedback": James Landay delivers an overview of projects that he has developed with the aim of balancing technology and design to change behavior.
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/11/17/Balancing_Design__Technology_in_Feedback_for_Change







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:21 Instapaperify

GFS E-Learning: Sector Classification in Government

GFS E-Learning: Sector Classification in Government
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the statistical approach to classifying units into the general government and the public sector. It explains the use of a decision tree to classify units by institutional sectors, and discusses some boundary issues.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Sector_Classification_in_Government







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:11 Instapaperify

GFS E-Learning: Government Revenue Statistics

GFS E-Learning: Government Revenue Statistics
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the statistical concept of Government Revenue. It discusses the definition of revenue, provides an overview on the main categories of revenue, and briefly explains the statistical recording of revenue.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Government_Revenue_Statistics







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:05 Instapaperify

Overcoming Bias

Pondering Plasticity

Tyler recently praised (cultural) anthropologists, and with good reason. I’ve learned a great deal from reading them. Yes, economists often look down on other social scientists (who often complain loudly back), and yes anthropologists are one of the most liberal academic disciplines (e.g. high Democrat to Republican ratio), while economists (including Tyler and I) are less so. But maybe Tyler and I are more broad minded than you think.

Just as supply and demand is the crown jewel of econ insight, the crown jewel of anthropology insight is cultural plasticity. This is the idea that humans are pretty flexible – we can be okay in and with few reservations accept the practices of a wide range of cultures, if we grow up there. Not to say humans are infinitely flexible, but just more flexible that we tend to think.

I usually hear people talk of cultural plasticity as favoring a liberal point of view. For example, Thomas Sowell’s A Conflict Of Visions and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate both describe liberals as ...

by Robin Hanson at Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:05 Instapaperify

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GFS E-Learning: Government Expense Statistics

GFS E-Learning: Government Expense Statistics
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning introduces the statistical concept of Government Expense. It discusses the definition of expense, provides an overview on the main categories of expense, and briefly explains the statistical recording of expense.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Government_Expense_Statistics







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:56 Instapaperify

GFS E-Learning: Government Balance Sheet

GFS E-Learning: Government Balance Sheet
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the statistical concept of the Government Balance Sheet. It discusses related key components, the valuation of the components, and explains the balances sheet's analytical benefits.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Government_Balance_Sheet







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GFS E-Learning: Consolidation in GFS Framework

GFS E-Learning: Consolidation in GFS Framework
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the Government Finance Statistics concept of consolidation of activities within government. It explains the idea and rationale behind consolidation, elaborates its implementation in practice, and how consolidation impacts data.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Consolidation_in_GFS_Framework







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:38 Instapaperify

GFS E-Learning: Public Sector Debt Data Comparison

GFS E-Learning: Public Sector Debt Data Comparison
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the internationally harmonized statistical definition of public sector debt. It also explains some practical problems when comparing debt data across countries and an approach, explained in a visual debt matrix presentation, that improves debt comparability.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Public_Sector_Debt_Data_Comparison







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:27 Instapaperify

DJ Spooky's Arctic Rhythms

DJ Spooky's Arctic Rhythms
Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a National Geographic emerging explorer and a hip-hop legend. Composing music that melds his inventive digital applications and live musicians, DJ Spooky weaves together an evocative multimedia trip to the Arctic landscape.
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , National Geographic Live
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/10/DJ_Spookys_Arctic_Rhythms







Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:18 Instapaperify

GFS E-Learning: Sectors of Government Finance Statistics

GFS E-Learning: Sectors of Government Finance Statistics
This episode of the IMF Statistics E-Learning series introduces the sectors and subsectors into which an economy is grouped for statistical purposes. It will highlight two fiscally relevant segments, the general government sector and the public sector.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0800
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/12/19/GFS_E-Learning_Sectors_of_Government_Finance_Statistics







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Lifehacker

The First Parking Spot You See May be the Most Efficient Spot to Take

The First Parking Spot You See May be the Most Efficient Spot to Take

When you're trying to find a parking spot in packed parking lot, many of us spend a lot of time and energy to find the closest spot to the entrance as we can. It's more likely that taking the first spot you see is really the most efficient in regards to your time and energy.

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by Patrick Allan at Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00 Instapaperify

December 19, 2014

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Market Segmentation in Sustainable Banking

Market Segmentation in Sustainable Banking
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Scholar, Bruce Cahan describes his ambitious and transformative Sustainable Banking Initiative. In short, sustainable banking would align people, purpose, and money.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Market_Segmentation_in_Sustainable_Banking







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:56 Instapaperify

Energy Behavior Segmentation

Energy Behavior Segmentation
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": H-STAR Sr. Research Scholar June Flora examines how new technologies, especially smart meters, provide detailed segmented data on user behavior & energy use, enabling companies to create user profiles & potentially instigate energy saving behaviors.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Energy_Behavior_Segmentation







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:44 Instapaperify

Household Lifestyle Segmentation

Household Lifestyle Segmentation
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": mediaX Visiting Scholar Lisa Watanabe, discusses household lifestyle segmentation, as it relates to product development focusing on "Busy Families" and developing a special cooking product uniquely suited to their needs.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Household_Lifestyle_Segmentation







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:18 Instapaperify

Segmentation as a Mindset

Segmentation as a Mindset
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": Director of Strategy, Orange at Venables Bell & Partners, Harlan Kennedy describes his work and experience in helping foster a Segmentation Mindset. The Segmentation Mindset recognizes that segments do not represent individuals, as much as perspectives.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Segmentation_as_a_Mindset







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:12 Instapaperify

The GiveWell Blog

We’re happy to talk to you!

If you’re currently trying to figure out where you’ll give this year, and you think it might be helpful to talk to us about your decision, feel free to contact us at info@givewell.org.

We work hard to put all the relevant information about our recommendations on our website, but we know it can sometimes be hard to fully digest, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us and talk. Talking to donors about their plans for allocating their giving is something we do regularly and we’d be happy to do more of it.

We’re not sure how big a response we’ll have to this and we have limited staff (especially over the next couple of weeks), so if you email us please let us know how much you’re thinking about donating. If necessary, we’ll prioritize larger givers, though we hope to be able to speak with everyone who gets in touch.

by Elie at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:41 Instapaperify

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Need-based Segmentation for Customer-centered Services

Need-based Segmentation for Customer-centered Services
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": The Co-founder & CEO of Sábia Experience, Marcelo Ferreira Guimarães describes a recent project in which Sábia developed interactive games and simulations for client trainings, helping employees cultivate a shared vision, and increasing motivation.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Need-based_Segmentation_for_Customer-centered_Services







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:57 Instapaperify

Bulletproof

Helen Irlen: Irlen Syndrome, & Visual Stimuli on Brain Performance – #181

Helen Irlen has over 40 years of experience as an internationally acclaimed researcher, educator, and therapist in treating visual perception problems. She has served as a professor of Psychology at Cornell, founder and Director of the Adult Learning Disabilities Program at California State University Long Beach, is listed in the Who’s Who in California, Asia […]

by Dave Asprey at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45 Instapaperify

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Reputation and Sharing Based-market Segmentation

Reputation and Sharing Based-market Segmentation
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": Paolo Parigi describes his research into trust in online communities, specifically, if it is possible to use technology to build interpersonal trust. His approach correlates trust related behavior with individual risk profiles.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Reputation_and_Sharing_Based-market_Segmentation







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:27 Instapaperify

Market Segmentation in Online Interactions

Market Segmentation in Online Interactions
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": Research update from René Kizilcec who explores the segmentation of online interactions based on motivation and in particular, user behavior in MOOCs, examining the relationship between user motivations and the learning pathways that they choose.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Market_Segmentation_in_Online_Interactions







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:03 Instapaperify

Slate Star Codex

OT11: Openezer Scrooge

This is the semimonthly open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also:

1. I’m heading to New York for the Winter Solstice celebration and surrounding rationalist community megameetup. If you’re attending, I’ll see you there. If you’re not attending and you want to, here’s the information. Solstice concert requires tickets, everything else is free. I may or may not be around Saturday afternoon, but I’ll definitely make it for the concert and Sunday activities.

2. It was remiss of me to suggest people donate more without mentioning GiveWell’s list of most effective charities. And if you’re still not up to speed on this whole “effective altruism” thing, here’s an essay I wrote on it a while back.

3. Hey look Deiseach, they wrote an article about you!

4. Blatant plug: in case some of you are doing very last minute holiday shopping, this might be another good time to note that this blog is sort of kind of in a spiritual sense ...

by Scott Alexander at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:59 Instapaperify

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Audience Segmentation Panel

Audience Segmentation Panel
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": Maurits Kaptein explores how different online persuasion strategies influence different people. Lou Aronson discusses his company's approach to segmentation based online conversations. Joris Janssen creates tools that provide digital health coaching.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Audience_Segmentation_Panel







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:50 Instapaperify

Who Are Our Customers and What is Our Business?

Who Are Our Customers and What is Our Business?
From the mediaX Conference "New Approaches to Audience Segmentation": A Stanford mathematician & Co-founder/Executive Director of the H-STAR Institue, Keith Devlin addresses insights into market segmentation and audience analysis gleaned from his work with the educational technology company BrainQuake.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/08/Who_Are_Our_Customers_and_What_is_Our_Business







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:35 Instapaperify

Ulterior Motives

Bad Leaders Hold Onto Power

There are two sides to leadership. On the positive side, great leaders can inspire others to share a vision and to work together to achieve great things. On the negative side, there are comforts that come with leadership roles including higher salaries, respect, and other perks. So, when someone attains a leadership role, they are reluctant to give it up.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18 Instapaperify

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The Science of Storytelling/The Storytelling of Science

The Science of Storytelling/The Storytelling of Science
From the mediaX Seminar "Science Storytelling & the Paradox of Suspense": Storytelling is one of the most effective tools leaders can use. In this presentation, Brian Knutson uses his storytelling strategies to discuss how advances in neuroimaging now allow researchers to visualize brain activity deeper and with faster resolution.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/06/The_Science_of_StorytellingThe_Storytelling_of_Science







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17 Instapaperify

Building a Case for Strategic Science Communications

Building a Case for Strategic Science Communications
From the mediaX Seminar "Science Storytelling & the Paradox of Suspense": Davis Masten describes how expert science storytelling is essential to promote public support for research funding. Davis' talk was originally presented at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. for the Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communications.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/06/Building_a_Case_for_Strategic_Science_Communications







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:53 Instapaperify

Science Storytelling

Science Storytelling
From the mediaX Seminar "Science Storytelling & the Paradox of Suspense": There are ways to tell accurate science stories that keep people on the edge of their seats. Award-winning Producer and Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns shares his experience of using these techniques for the projects he's created.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , mediaX at Stanford University
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/06/Science_Storytelling







Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:19 Instapaperify

io9

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect.

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by George Dvorsky at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:09 Instapaperify

99U

Makers vs. Talkers & Why Now Is a Great Time for Creatives to Lead

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Image via Iamsteveo.wordpress.com

Research has shown that creatives aren’t often given the opportunity to lead because there’s an unconscious bias against them. People associate creativity with nonconformity and unconventionality. And when they think about an effective leader, they think about someone who brings order. Obviously if you believe that a leader’s role is to bring order, you wouldn’t want a creative to lead. (Of course, this has nothing to do with whether creatives actually can lead, it’s just a bias many of us have.)

What’s interesting is that these qualities which have typically biased folks against creatives as leaders — that they’re unconventional, unorthodox, and full of un-tested new ideas about the way things should be done — are actually turning into assets when we look at today’s work and business landscape and how it’s evolving. 

I recently spoke with design guru John Maeda about why makers make great leaders for our new 99U book Make Your Mark:

The transition from maker to leader is a ...

by behanceteam at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:30 Instapaperify

The GiveWell Blog

Donor coordination and the “giver’s dilemma” – Part II

We recently wrote about three questions we faced that relate to donor coordination. This post is a continuation of that topic and may only appeal to donors who are particularly interested in this issue.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been discussing the question: how should we allocate funds that donors give us for regranting to our top charities?

We plan to allocate these funds according to the recommended allocation explained in our previous post up to the point where one of our top charities reaches the maximum target from individuals we have set (explained here).

The question we face is: what should we do if we move more money than we expect, and one or more of our recommended charities reaches our maximum target from individuals before the end of giving season? In that case, how should we allocate funds given to us for regranting?

We see three options:

  1. Give according to our recommended allocation even after charities hit their max targets. This options maximizes some donors’ agency. For example, if Alice (hypothetical ...

by Elie at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36 Instapaperify

Science-Based Medicine

Reflexology for Babies?

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In the fascinating, if not rational, world of so-called complementary and alternative medicine, the age of the patient rarely seems to matter. This stands in stark contrast to the practice of science-based medicine. Sure, there is some physiological overlap across the spectrum of age, but caring for children often requires a vastly-different approach and there are numerous conditions not seen or only seen in kids.

Alternative medicine is more about the underlying belief system rather than the actual physiology, however. Chiropractic is chiropractic whether the subluxation belongs to a neonate or a nonagenarian. In traditional Chinese medicine, the flow of chi is obstructed in youngsters and old fogeys alike. No matter the length of our telomeres in fact, every major form of alternative medicine appears to contain a subset of practitioners that claim unique expertise in maximizing health and wellbeing at any age. But for kids, they simply do the same thing they would do for an older patient.

Newborns appear to be an increasingly-popular target of irregular medical practitioners. Even the unborn baby still ...

by Clay Jones at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:44 Instapaperify

NeuroLogica Blog

Universal Medicine Uses Google To Silence Critics

An Australian based company called Universal Medicine (UM) has been criticized by various skeptical blogs and groups as being a new age alternative medicine cult. Looking through their website, this seems like a reasonable observation. (The term “cult” is fuzzy, but many of the features seem to be present.)

In response to this criticism, UM has apparently issued many complaints to Google, claiming defamation. According to the site Chilling Effect, Google has responded at least in some cases by removing the sites from Google searches, effectively censoring those websites.

Doubtful News was one of the sites censored by Google.

This type of action represents a serious threat to the skeptical mission. Part of that mission is consumer protection, and the primary method of activism is public analysis and criticism of dubious claims, products, services, and organizations. Essentially, we expose charlatans.

Charlatans, it turns out, don’t like to be exposed. They don’t like bad press.

The best response to attempts at censorship through abusing policies against defamation or copyright violation, or through legal thuggery ...

by Steven Novella at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:31 Instapaperify

PsyBlog

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Wage Gaps Don’t Magically Get Smaller Because Big Data

Today, just a rant. Sorry. I mean, I’m not a perfect person either, and of course that’s glaringly obvious, but this fluff piece from Wired, written by Pam Wikham of Raytheon, is just aggravating.

The title is Big Data, Smaller Wage Gap? and, you know, it almost gives us the impression that she has a plan to close the wage gap using big data, or alternatively an argument that the wage gap will automatically close with the advent of big data techniques. It turns out to be the former, but not really.

After complaining about the wage gap for women in general, and after we get to know how much she loves her young niece, here’s the heart of the plan (emphasis mine, on the actual plan parts of the plan):

Analytics and microtargeting aren’t just for retailers and politicians — they can help us grow the ranks of executive women and close the gender wage gap. Employers analyze who clicked on internal job postings, and we can pursue qualified women who ...

by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21 Instapaperify

99U

Ugmonk: The Beauty in Keeping Things Small

When cornered, we all claim to want to have an impact on our field and our world. But how much is enough? And what are we willing to sacrifice to get there?

Tucked away in suburban Pennsylvania, Jeff Sheldon is at such a crossroad. Sheldon runs the popular apparel store Ugmonk with help from his family. He keeps the business lean but firmly within his control. The online-only store sells t-shirts, bags, and other wearables with high quality materials all hand-designed by Sheldon. Now in his sixth year, Ugmonk moves thousands of items a month, and has won the praises of design-minded customers all over the world.

But with the business growing slowly, he’s now faced with a hard choice. Should he abandon the designer’s dream of having complete product control in order to grow his company? We chatted with Sheldon about what happens when your side project turns into a full-time business.

You live in suburban Pennsylvania. Why have you chosen to live there as opposed in an urban center, where ...

by behanceteam at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00 Instapaperify

Marginal Revolution: Science

Printing Cancer Killing Viruses

Cell biologist Andrew Hessel of Autodesk is designing viruses in software to attack a specific individual’s cancer and then using DNA Printers to create the viruses as a drug. Here from an interview with New Scientist (gated).

It’s really about making a specific medicine tailored to one person–”N-of-1″ medicine–rather than try to make it a best fit for a whole population. My vision is to create a personalized treatment that can be made in a day by printing bespoke cancer-fighting viruses.

I’m not fully convinced by his economic model but it may be useful as a vision-goal:

I see the business model shifting away from the blockbuster-drug model of the pharma industry–getting the best product for the most people and charging the most for it–to more of a Netflix model, in which you might purchase a subscription for all-that-you-need medicine to manage your cancer.

…I’m pretty sure I can get the virus printing costs down to a dollar a dose. The virus itself is designed by algorithms ...

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:50 Instapaperify

The Psy-Fi Blog

Saving the Appearances (of Standard Finance)

Unbalanced

Back in the Europe of the Middle Ages there existed a curiously schizophrenic attitude to the question of whether the Earth was at the center of the universe. The doctrine of the established Catholic Church decreed that it was. The practical evidence suggested that it wasn't and the orthodox scientific theory endeavored to fit the evidence to the theory, at the expense of commonsense and logic.


Today there exists a similarly curious attitude to the question of whether or not economics is governed by people making rational decisions in consistent ways. The doctrine of the established economic theory says that it is. The practical evidence suggest that it isn't. And the orthodox economic theories endeavor to fit the evidence to the theory, at the expense of commonsense and logic.

Wandering Greeks

The word planet comes from the Greek for "wanderer", and that name arises from the Ancient Greek observation of wandering stars that confounded theories of an Earth-centric universe. If the Earth is stationary and the universe revolves around it then the ...

by timarr at Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:30 Instapaperify