Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters

Excerpt from the article: "Today our team is releasing a video tour of four of Microsoft’s global datacenters. The video provides an inside look at how the company has invested heavily to rapidly evolve its datacenter IT infrastructure and best practices to deliver greater scalability, reliability, efficiency, security, and sustainability." (Read the rest of the article)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Future of Grocery Shopping?

Tesco/Homeplus a Korean grocery store chain created a clever marketing campaign by creating a virtual store in the subway so that people can shop with their smart-phones while waiting for the train.

Savulescu: Are We Morally Obligated to Breed Healthier Children?

Excerpt from the video: "Bioethicist Julian Savulescu makes an argument for procreative beneficence, his conviction that parents are morally obligated to breed the healthiest children possible. "Nature has no mind to equality, no mind to health, no mind to happiness in terms of the children that it produces," he explains."

In the movie Gattaca, parents were able to selectively choose their children through gene manipulation. Children that were born without this gene manipulation were known as "God Children". A two class society was created, if you were a God's Child, you were lower class.

I don't believe that modifying the human genome is going to bring the end of humanity. I know that mistakes will be made and damage will be done, but eventually we might get it right. Technology always advances this way.

What worries me, is genetic discrimination. DNA sequencing is getting faster, better, cheaper all the time. What use to cost millions dollars and take a long time, now costs a few thousand and can be completed in a few hours.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Overview of Google+

Rocketboom explains Googles newest entry into the social networking sphere: Google Plus (G+)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Animals That Can't Die

These organisms are pretty amazing...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.