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David Miler
Posted 12 months ago
Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree
While I absolutely support the idea of online-only university, I don't see UoPeople as being ultra-low-cost. 4000$ for a B.S. program is quite cheap, but for most people living in poverty in the 3rd world this is surelly unattainable. Also compared to tuitions in brick and mortar universities in my country (czech republic, and I am sure other european countries as well), which is approx. 6000$-10000$ for a B.S programme, this doesn't seem like an ultra-low-cost solution for the poor masses. Kudos nonetheless and I believe with scaling the costs can go even lower.
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David Miler
Posted over 2 years ago
Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day
If you record everything, you can't ever watch it again, pretty much. If you record a month of your life, it would take a month to watch it all. This is the "lets film this whole concert" concept, as opposed to what he presents - the "lets take a snapshot of this awesome concert" - so I can then remember, how I enjoyed it 100 percent back then. Recording everything seems like a bit of a hassle, recording 1 second is trivial.
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David Miler
Posted over 2 years ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
But I misunderstood the concept the first time I watched the video. Correct me, if I am wrong, but what they now have is a solution that affects just one generation of mosquitoes. One generation of females is inseminated by the GM males, but then the modified gene dies out, therefore any surviving specimen have the chance to multiply again. That seems like a fair, fail-safe, albeit, from the human's point of view, unfortunately, not permanent, solution.
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David Miler
Posted over 2 years ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
How about changing the genes of the mosquito to make all his offsprings male, that should speed up the whole process greatly. However, I feel there are some rather serious ethical issues, that we should be discussing. The whole thing reminds me so much of the Genophage from Mass Effect series.
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David Miler
Posted over 2 years ago
Leah Buechley: How to "sketch" with electronics
The artistic and educational value of this technology is interesting, I would, however, much like to see some more practical applications. Is it even viable to have old-school circuits replaced by ink and paper? What is the durability of such circuits?
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David Miler
Posted almost 3 years ago
Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes
What's the point of having big windows, when you would cover them with this system? I would imagine having a system of mechanical shutters (powered by a solar panel if you wish) is way cheaper and allows for more control.
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David Miler
Posted almost 3 years ago
Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat
People might be able to build a paradigm, but is it the right one? I think Mr Ghemawat shows clearly that people are often wrong on different issues, because of the lack of actual data. My view on this is that people often form judgements on many things (crime, health, prices, minority issues...) that are innacurate, exactly because of their lack of actual statistical data. I'm willing to agree with your second point, that we might not be that far from "complete globalization" as the speaker suggests, since, even if we completely erased national borders, we will hardly ever erase physical distance, which will always be a big factor to many of these domains (ie. there will always be a substantial amount of domestic trade because it doesn't make sense to send certain goods further than X kms away.).