Yafim Simanovsky

Jerusalem, Israel

About Yafim

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English, Hebrew, Russian

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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 2 years ago
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
With all due respect to the fields of genetics etc. etc., I think this is too much of a pro-"let's play god" kind of talk. Being non-religious myself, it's not that I think there is a god and we might anger him, it's just that reviving extinct species with the carelessness that I hear in this talk is a little intimidating. In the processes of DNA reconstruction, there should be no words like "critical mutations" or "it almost completely resembles DNA..." Bringing back creatures that resemble anything less than 100% of their DNA to the ones that went extinct is just messing with the eco-systems in ways that we cannot, obviously, comprehend yet. Yes, species that have few numbers or that went extinct since 2000 etc., sure, but not species that were adapted to live here in 1900 but now, who knows...
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted about 3 years ago
Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen
It's all very interesting, but saying that you want to stop a pathogen from destroying corals is playing god. We humans know nothing about corals, nothing about the ocean, and nothing about the relationships between all of those things, we are barely starting to get a general sense of what and how, an infinitely small percent of knowledge.. So, trying to "cure" a disease by disrupting nature in this case to me seems like trying to give medicine when you don't know who you're giving it to and what the disease even is! All in the name of saving corals for their subjective beauty to us humans... Maybe this is a natural process that happens once in a while in earths history? Maybe not, but we shouldn't rush to "fix" nature before we understand a lot more.. I hope you get my point..
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 3 years ago
Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.
I just have to comment on this! I am reading 1Q84 right now, I'm on page 720. In the middle of the talk I just knew that he was going to bring this book in.. I just KNEW it. (because that book DOES have a great design that I noted to myself when I started it..) And he did. And he almost ruined it for me! I heard "a hoard of little people.." and quickly closed my ears with my fingers tightly because I wasn't going to let Chip, funny as he may be, to ruin my reading experience! Luckily, I didn't hear the rest of the sentence. Good talk.
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 3 years ago
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
I found this talk rather confusing.. Brene was speaking as if I should already know what her last talk was all about, what happened to her and what she felt like.. she just "jumped" into this talk mid-way as if I knew things that I didn't know.. It was hard to understand what she was talking about and frankly all I got from it was "you need empathy to overcome racegender problems in society".. I would appreciate if someone could explain this talk in a sentence or two... Thank you.
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 3 years ago
Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career
When you pursue your passion, you are engaged and happy, and your life has an energy. When this is so, like water, it flows to every aspect of your life. Your children will admire you and love you, your wife will support you and be proud of you, and you will be happy. "Great Career" isn't always equal to "Being a billionaire with a private plane" or even "Inventing something and being famous".. A carpenter who wakes up every morning, dreaming of his day at work and the beautiful door he's making - that is a great career, even if it's hard to pay the bills. The definition of a great career is subjective!
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 3 years ago
Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate
While this is a great idea and development for exploration, rescue and so on, I have one thought for this technology which was expressed in a book by Michael Crichton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_%28novel%29 Can't wait to see where it takes us 20 years from now.... :P
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Yafim Simanovsky
Posted over 3 years ago
Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)
The idea that we are simply a "reoccurring" instance of single-to-multi in the history of the planet is fascinating! Although the idea presented here was in 1994, I haven't heard it broken down and simplified and made concrete quite as well in any other place... Well done.