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iPad Notebook export for The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

July 17, 2021
Notebook exported from The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

Biology begins to tangle with quantum computing | Nature Methods

July 16, 2021

Technology Feature
Published: 23 June 2021
Biology begins to tangle with quantum computing
Vivien Marx
Nature Methods volume 18, pages715–719 (2021)


“There’s a lot of buzz about quantum computing,” says Yale University researcher Mark Gerstein, whose projects traverse biology and informatics. Enthusiasm among his colleagues about the prospects of quantum computing is especially high in the physical sciences, and interest is growing in computational biology and biology more generally.

Gerstein co-authored a paper4 that grew from a series of discussions at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s part of the NIH’s way of exploring how to support biologists interested and involved in quantum computing, he says. The wider neuroscience community, for example, is interested in how quantum approaches can be applied to deep learning and machine learning.


Digital secrets of successful lab management

July 16, 2021

“Ironically, a lot of these tools are about not having people sit in front of a screen all the time,” says computational biologist Mark Gerstein at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “I don’t think that helps people think.” Instead, he says, researchers spawn creativity when talking and scribbling down ideas together, be that on a phone, tablet, laptop or in person.

Like Brown, Gerstein prizes face-to-face conversation and
collaboration in his group, which works on large-scale analyses of biosensor and wearable data. As such, it attracts “hard-core computer geeks”, he says, so he’s thought deeply about how to entice them out from behind their screens.

“Computers now let us dictate, write and draw with our hands in much more relaxing and natural ways,” he says. Gerstein sets his phone on a nearby table, then uses Google Recorder to capture discussions, and the app (which is available only on Pixel phones) transcribes it in real time. The transcript is coupled to the audio and can be searched by keyword. Another dictation app, known as Rev, offers
quick-turnaround manual transcriptions for $1.25 per minute of recording. Gerstein also uses the app Grammarly to “take the yucky voice-to-text transcript and fix the language up quickly”.

Gerstein describes his group’s use of these tools together as a “stack” to go from conversation to a rough draft of a manuscript in just a few clicks, he says. He estimates that the tools cut the time they spent on that task in half.

Gerstein has also investigated tools that digitally recreate the experience of scientists gathered around a whiteboard. Zoom’s Annotate feature is one option, which he has deployed during remote meetings both before and during the pandemic. Another is Rocketbook, a reusable physical notebook ($16–45) that has whiteboard-like paper paired with a mobile-phone app that converts photos of notebook scribbles, cartoons and diagrams into digital files. Both Rocketbook and Google Lens use optical character recognition to interpret handwriting and translate it into searchable text. “I’ve saved thousands of sheets of paper this way,” says Gerstein.


Alexa commands not working on Sonos | Sonos

July 13, 2021

Open the Alexa app and tap on the More menu in the bottom right. Tap on Skills & Games > Your Skills > Sonos > Disable Skill. Once disabled, tap on Enable Skill.

iPhone Notebook export for The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

July 3, 2021

Notebook exported from The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

A Little Bite of Lego

June 6, 2021
Boil Jello and corn syrup in water with some food coloring, then pour the syrupy mixture into Lego molds (trays that shape the liquid into a Lego brick). In this video, the inventor of this makes gummy Lego in 7 different colors, neatly squirting the gooey gumminess into the trays using a ketchup bottle.

iPad Notebook export for Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives

May 20, 2021

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iPhone Notebook export for Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind

May 8, 2021

Quotes from the book.
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The next big thing in retail comes with Chinese characteristics | The Economist

May 4, 2021

The first pillar of this new retail architecture is “social commerce”. This relies on three related technologies: live-streaming, short-form video and social-networking. The biggest live-streamer is Alibaba’s Taobao Live. In just 30 minutes of presales for Singles Day, China’s answer to Black Friday, it notched up $7.5bn-worth of sales, about as much as Amazon is thought to have sold in its “Prime Day” in October (which actually lasted 48 hours). In June Douyin set up its own shopping division, having earlier hosted many of its live-streams where the likes of Taobao teamed up with celebrity influencers to sell products. The video-app’s 600m daily users confer a valuable resource—their attention. In the autumn it made its proprietary debut on Singles Day."}}

Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny – The Atlantic

April 29, 2021


For starters, we need to place a much higher priority on understanding how the human mind works—particularly how our own wisdom and compassion can be cultivated. If we invest too much in AI and too little in developing the human mind, the very sophisticated artificial intelligence of computers might serve only to empower the natural stupidity of humans, and to nurture our worst (but also, perhaps, most powerful) impulses, among them greed and hatred. To avoid such an outcome, for every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.

More practically, and more immediately, if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data. In ancient times, land was the most important asset, so politics was a struggle to control land. In the modern era, machines and factories became more important than land, so political struggles focused on controlling these vital means of production. In the 21st century, data will eclipse both land and machinery as the most important asset, so politics will be a struggle to control data’s flow.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much experience in regulating the ownership of data, which is inherently a far more difficult task than regulating land or machines. Data are everywhere and nowhere at the same time, they can move at the speed of light, and you can create as many copies of them as you want. Do the data collected about my DNA, my brain, and my life belong to me, or to the government, or to a corporation, or to the human collective?