China to build brain database

Chinese scientists are planning to build a “brain database” in a bid to identify clues to tackling cerebral diseases and related disorders.

Source: news.xinhuanet.com

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The Internet, a Tool for Art? – Karen Eliot

In the early 90s, when the internet became open for the public and first online communities were founded, the “Cyberspace” was called a “total work of art”. (Rötzer, Florian; Weibel, Peter: “Cyberspace – Zum medialen Gesamtkunstwerk” 1993.)I like this vision of the internet as one great artpiece, but to define Netzkunst in the context of art history I firstly would like to distinguish between “art on the internet” and “internet art”. When you browse the web you find thousands of online galleries and portfolios of artists showing documentations of pieces which are based on other media and don’t need the internet or any network for presentation.Internet art is characterized by using the internet not only as a presentation platform, but also as a raw material. Reflecting on the medium’s specific general conditions , qualities, technical and social issues (not only in an artistic sense) internet art contemplates the communication form itself in a critical way. Furthermore a piece of internet art can only exist within or by use of the internet. That means it does not nessecarily have to be displayed online, but needs the medium to be realized (like for example flashmobs are organized on the internet, but happen in real public space). …

Source: www.kareneliot.de

Lead Facebook researcher expresses regret over secret 2012 ‘mood’ study

After the story broke Saturday that Facebook had experimented with the moods of 700,000 of its users, the lead researcher on the project, Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer, sent VentureBeat an email Sunday pointing to his statement on the affair.

The research, which Kramer says was completed in 2012, manipulated the news feeds of only a small percentage of Facebook users, and then only for a small number of posts.

Kramer says the reason for the research was to “investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out.”

Source: venturebeat.com

Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School – Social Entrepreneurship in Medical Care

Tarun Khanna, Professor at Harvard Business School, highlights the ability of entrepreneurs to provide solutions to social problems by telling the story of a cardiac hospital in India. Khanna points out that the founder, a cardiac surgeon and entrepreneur, has been able to achieve incredible results unmatched by private or public institutions around the world by rethinking the scale on which healthcare is delivered. Khanna emphasizes that this kind of entrepreneurship can solve social problems in ways that often governments cannot.

Source: ecorner.stanford.edu

Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Halle Tecco, Rock Health – Accelerating Real Change in Healthcare [Entire Talk]

Halle Tecco, co-founder and CEO of healthcare accelerator Rock Health, shares how technologists, designers and other professionals can play a role in bringing innovation to the healthcare industry. Tecco identifies systemic challenges facing healthcare in America and shares examples of companies working to address these opportunities for change.

Source: ecorner.stanford.edu