Scientific MOOCs follower. Author of Airpocalypse, a techno-medical thriller (Out Summer 2017)

Welcome to the digital era of biology (and to this modest blog I started in early 2005).

To cure many diseases, like cancer or cystic fibrosis, we will need to target genes (mutations, for ex.), not organs! I am convinced that the future of replacement medicine (organ transplant) is genomics (the science of the human genome). In 10 years we will be replacing (modifying) genes; not organs!

Anticipating the $100 genome era and the P4™ medicine revolution. P4 Medicine (Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, & Participatory): Catalyzing a Revolution from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.

I am an early adopter of scientific MOOCs. I've earned myself four MIT digital diplomas: 7.00x, 7.28x1, 7.28.x2 and 7QBWx. Instructor of 7.00x: Eric Lander PhD.

Upcoming books: Airpocalypse, a medical thriller (action taking place in Beijing) 2017; Jesus CRISPR Superstar, a sci-fi -- French title: La Passion du CRISPR (2018).

I love Genomics. Would you rather donate your data, or... your vital organs? Imagine all the people sharing their data...

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"Emotions Analytics to Transform Human-Machine Interaction"

"Our devices are quite smart. They know what we type and touch, what we say and where we are they even know how we look like, but they are quite clueless when it come to how we feel and what we mean. This still-absent bond between humans and machines is also the chief theme of the Gartner’s 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, suggesting “machines are becoming better at understanding humans and the environment — for example, recognizing the emotion in a person’s voice. “We all agree that human emotions are complicated, and arguably, the human voice might be the most personal and revealing 'emotional designator.' But currently, this is still the next big revolution waiting to happen — the most important, non-existing interface out there. Or is it? (...)

Words are overrated. Cognitive language is a poor emotional yardstick. Yet most of the sentiment analysis industry is focused on words. Think of emotions as your car’s spark plugs — little and hidden but responsible for the resulting combustion that ultimately powers the car. Similarly, emotions summon the words in your prefrontal cortex; we dress them up by applying cultural filters and social norms and run them through our personalized cognition. The result is by now an almost indistinguishable mix of which emotions are just a small & diluted component.
Speaking of 'communications of feelings and attitudes,' the widely quoted formula of nonverbal communications pioneer Albert Mehrabian suggests in 'Silent Messages' that only seven percent of our communicational impact pertaining to feelings and attitudes is based on verbal language. The bulk is delivered by body language vocal modulations. Our intonations are literally tuned by our emotions — happiness or sadness, excitement or depression, anger or anxiety. Free from language the music of our vocal expression is universal and rings true across races and cultures. And not just humans, just think of the family dog.
Ironically, most sentiment analysis solutions are focused on figuring out those seven percent with mixed results. One can of course choose to use an MRI brain scan to crack the mystery of human language. Using MRI, Dr. Sophie Scott at University College London has done just that showing how the brain takes speech and separates it into words and 'melody.' Her studies suggest words are shunted over to the left temporal lobe for processing, while the melody is channeled to the right side of the brain, a region more stimulated by music.' Interesting as it may be, donning a Lady Gaga-like contraption on our heads to identify emotions in every day conversations would certainly not meet with 'applause.'"

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