Documenting all the way from Organ Donation to CRISPR: The "Creative Destruction of Medicine". Organ replacement technologies. 3D Bioprinting. Fablabs. DIY Bio. New-Gen Genome Sequencing. Gene Therapy (transplanting genes into cells, rewriting patients' DNA). MOOCs. mHealth. In Memoriam Pr. Emmanuel Andronikof, Mathematician, Steve Jobs: "Think different," and Aaron Swartz: "Access to information is a human right."
|Enki Bilal : "Les Fantômes du Louvre". Bilal, entre peintre et auteur de BD. Tandis que ses peintures se vendent de mieux en mieux dans le monde entier, Bilal quitte de temps à autre la BD ... devient peintre ... pour revenir ensuite à la BD ... Ce livre se situe à l'intersection de la peinture et de la BD ... ce qui le rend fascinant ...|
|Bilal a sélectionné, sur 400 photographies faites au Louvre par ses soins, 23 œuvres de ce prestigieux musée et a révélé dans son livre intitulé "Les Fantômes du Louvre" (Futuropolis, novembre 2012), la vie et la mort (violente) de 23 fantômes qui accompagnent ces chefs d'œuvres que des dizaines de milliers de touristes venus du monde entier contemplent chaque jour ... Sculptures, peintures ... toutes ont une histoire, cachée mais pas tant que cela, du moins pour E. Bilal ... Selon lui, la moindre oeuvre exposée au Louvre accueille jusqu'à 300 fantômes ... Sur les 23 fantômes qu'il a peint, il croit fermement à la présence et à l'existence historique (allant de l'ère de Jésus-Christ à la Seconde Guerre mondiale) de 22 ... Pour le 23ème, il a dit qu'il n'était pas sûr ... il s'agit d'une momie un peu monstrueuse ... Bilal s'est passionné pour "le fait divers, sa représentation clinique et violente, comme la vie, comme la mort (à moins de mourir dans son lit en s'endormant)" ...|
"Le rêve de Steve Jobs était d'enfermer l'humanité dans son système, celui des successeurs de Bill Gates de contrôler votre ordinateur (Windows 8), celui des gouvernants semble être de vous interdire l'accès au hardware de votre computer. Bof, je serai mort avant qu'ils y arrivent ces cons ... Finalement le cryptage à la Dotcom, même s'il est imparfait, ce n'est pas anodin si cela montre aux gens que la cage est ouverte et que l'on a pas besoin d'être un spécialiste pour en sortir." ("Mandrin 45").
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This case highlights not only the issue of 'state capture' by the Hollywood lobby, but at the same time should lead to a thoughtful discussion on how we define corruption. No one would venture to allege that there is any form of cash payment taking place when official bodies appear to act at the behest of special interests motives. Because that’s not how these groups work.That is, he appears to be aware of the nature of corruption laundering that's going on -- using the close connection between big businesses and governments to create laws where people can make the case that cracking down on some behavior is necessary to stop crime, but where the details show it's really about cracking down on competition and innovation.
It is a demonstration of the growing ambiguity of the lines between regulators and the regulated, and the proper role of intellectual property in the digital age. As we’ve seen in the sad and tragic case of Aaron Swartz, for whom Prosecutor Carmen Ortiz was seeking 13 criminal charges and more than 50 years in jail, the American justice system is increasingly flawed by this prosecutorial exuberance aimed at future political reward.
It is one thing when the victims of these abuses are American citizens, who live at the whim of an unaccountable prosecutorial machine driven by personal political ambitions and an appetite for headlines. It is something else entirely when these prosecutors visit their ambitions upon foreign citizens, charging them with heinous crimes with no basis under law, even if that person has never once set foot inside the United States (like Kim Dotcom).
With this attempt to 'colonize' the global internet under U.S. laws, Washington is quickly making a bad name for itself, and putting its considerable influence on the wrong side of digital rights, free markets, and competitive innovation. They do this in the name of protecting a broken business model, subsidizing monopolies, and seeking to destroy crucial online functions instead of adapting to the incredible opportunity afforded to them through mass connectivity. We deserve better, we can do better, and everyone can benefit from a more reasonable approach focused on the best interests of the public, not the best interests of lobbyists and the politicians in their pockets.Even if there isn't a legal human rights angle, it should be interesting to see what Amsterdam turns up. This growing recognition of how laws are created to benefit legacy players, and then used against innovators, is a real problem. Shining more light on that would be tremendously helpful in actually promoting important innovations." (Source).
We see this as a grand ideological debate with far-reaching implications, and sadly, my lengthy experience in countries where special interests control the levers of power may have some utility here.
"From next week, I’d like to return with renewed determination to the field as an active researcher." Professor Yamanaka at a press conference on 9th October, the day after he was awarded the prize. Picture: AP/Aflo.
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"Technically, it's possible to store1 million CD's in one gram of DNA, for 10.000 years ! Will digital stuff find a new format? From silicium and binary system (0 and 1) to DNA and four-letter-language? (A,T,C,G: the four letters of our Homo Sapiens' Operating System). A change of civilisation?"The BCG consultant says "Big Pharma" is having serious difficulties reorienting itself, from the molecule to the digitalized preventive medicine (genomics is 1% biology, 99% data: probability and statistics)... He gave me an example (case in point): Kodak, one of the worldwide leaders in argentic photography, used to have a "digital photo lab". Not exactly because they wanted to help develop digital photography. On the contrary: they wanted to make sure they'd be able to delay its progress...
|Pic: Gad Berry, Photographer.|
|Meet with Enki Bilal at Le Louvre Museum Paris on Jan. 30/2013, 8PM (see details here).|
|I'm a big fan... Hope "The Master" will sign my copy of this book...|
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