Research Publications Newsletters Above the Fold Above the Fold - 19 November 2014


Avoiding the Tragedy of the Anticommons

O'Reilly Radar • 23 October 2014

What does open source mean for biology? Mike Loukides reflects here in an essay from BioCoder on the potential for a bio-commons that holds biological intellectual property in trust for the good of all. Also reflected on is the tragedy of the anticommons, the nightmarish opposite of a bio-commons in which progress is difficult or impossible because "ambiguous and competing intellectual property claims…deter sharing and weaken investment incentives."

This is worth your review because it is really about where and at what scale open source is impactful and even essential. It takes reflections about the patterns of open source software development and propagation and applies them to biological research. There's interesting commentary about the tools supporting this research. We should care about this because we will have to steward these work products. (Michalko)



Successful Innovators Don't Care About Innovating

HBR blog via American Press Institute • 22 October 2014

Let's get some innovation in here quick. Doug Sundheim says successful innovators care about solving interesting and important problems—innovation is merely a byproduct. If this distinction seems like hair-splitting, it isn't. The two focuses create vastly different realities.

This is a short piece with a good Sherwin Williams anecdote to animate the point. (Michalko)



The Impact of Museum Field Trips on Students • 27 October 2014

This article reports on a large-scale, randomized-control study about the impact of museum visits on children that was conducted at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (the result of Walmart fortune patronage). These are rare things in the arts field given restrictions on experimenting on kids and the subjectivity of so much related to the arts that this one is a big deal. Fascinating but not unexpected stuff. Spoiler alert.

A visit boosts attentiveness to detail along with a bunch of other things like critical thinking. Scan this easy to take on article. Check out the paintings by Bo Bartlett used in the study. (Michalko)



Douglas Coupland Analyzes Alcatel-Lucent in Kitten Clone

IEEE Spectrum • 24 October 2014

You may not know Alcatel-Lucent, the sprawling multinational telecommunications company. As well as providing much of the wired and wireless networking infrastructure that supports the Internet, the company is also the corporate inheritor of the fabled Bell Labs, which invented critical technology such as the transistor, the laser, and the Unix operating system. A non-profit hired Douglas Coupland (he of Generation X coinage fame) to spend months in their facilities and write about what he saw. This transcribed podcast is an interview in lieu of reading the book.

A quick fun interview. It turns out the folks who invent the communications technology don't think very much about what it will be used to communicate. Surprise. So Coupland gets a lot of credit for the Generation X phrase but there's a spirited debate. I like that Wikipedia attributes it to photographer Robert Capa, a prolific creator of iconic images. And what did Tim Berners-Lee have to say in response to "What about the Internet surprises you?" (Michalko)



Burnout, Clowns and Kinnell

How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout
Fast Company | Business + Innovation • 27 October 2014

What Do Clowns Think of Clowns?
Pacific Standard: The Science of Society • 24 October 2014

Galway Kinnell, Plain-Spoken Poet, Is Dead at 87 • 29 October 2014
See also The Paris Review appreciation

The first because a 26 year-old serial entrepreneur ought to know.

The second because clowns can be creepy, because  October 31 was Halloween in the US and because you want to know what the World Clown Association thinks.

The third one because Kinnell was as close as the 20th Century could come to producing a Walt Whitman. His work was forceful, spiritual, physical and sometimes amusing.

Here come the joggers.
I am sixty-one. The joggers are approximately very young.
They run for fun through a world where everyone used to lay bricks for work.
Their faces tell there is a hell and they will reach it.
- from The Tragedy of Bricks (Michalko)



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