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Can massive multiplayer online (MMO) games tap into in the wisdom of crowds to solve the world’s biggest problems? One company, called FoldIt, is doing exactly that. In nature, form follows function. But the form, structure, and folding of proteins is largely an unsolved mystery. No computer program has been able to collect enough artificial intelligence to model protein structures on its own. This is where FoldIt comes in. Non scientists are able to “design” the structure of a protein on their laptop computers. The configuration are refined till the structure realizes its lowest energy state. Non scientists are helping the scientific community to solve problems they couldn’t in decades. As proof, the FoldIt community, has cracked the protein structure of the AIDS virus. Web 2.0 and the wisdom of crowds is progressing science. This is the power of collaboration in the world of Science 2.0.
http://www.ted.com In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs — from space probes to the LHC — are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
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When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
The Dieline has quickly grown into the most visited website on package design in the world, and has become the voice of the industry. It is an active sponsor of the Pentawards, the first and only professional design competition devoted exclusively to the art of brand packaging, further promoting the field.
…And it’s true…they document some really good work. Check out their website @ www.thedieline.com
Below are some of the most creative packaging ideas I have seen. Far better than the likes of Apple and the iPod. Smiley face pickles in a bottle, vintage coke cans, and minimalist designs that will probably amaze you even though you have seen so much of them already.