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Fascinating. The average bypass surgery in the USA is 123K DLLS. With insurance people here end with a 40K 50K dollar tab on you way out of the Hospital. Hopefully the DaVinci machine brings the price down.
Indeed, a possible future: a low-cost MRI or CT-scan creates a virtual representation of some part of your body, you or a specialist (that could incidentally be remote in time and/or place) performs some task, say surgery, on the virtual body until a successful sequence of steps is found. The system records while you debug and carries out the finalized procedure on the real body. Lots of interesting things to do with a platform sitting between the surgeon and the patient.
I am guessing this is more specifically related to CRISPR or other genetics-related technologies?
Not specifically. It's not inevitable that bio should follow the same path as computing, but all the same tools seem to be lying around. For example, emerging 'Homebrew Computer Club'-like organizations such as build-a-cell [0], infrastructure such as Richard Murray's biomolecular breadboards [1], and the emerging culture of non-professionals such as [2], [3], [4], among (presumably) less-visible others. Links:
That's intriguing. SN prototypes are experimental w/ high risk of explosions (i.e. SN4). I can't imagine that it was not taken into account by both parties. And I've a hard time to believe that FAA officials were still going through their review process for the test because of several changes SpaceX made in its license application, unless they submitted that very late... Then why leave the TFR active if you know your review is going to need more time? Strange. We shall see :)
Just got the NOTAM!, looks like 2 PM UTC tomorrow at the earliest. Also saw NOTAMs for Wednesday and Thursday. Re: the FAA, agree it is odd, but hey, bureaucrats gonna bureaucrat
Seems plausible yes. It's strange it happened basically after everything was set for a launch w/ pad cleared, village evacuated, etc. As of writing this, everything is set for launch, up to tank farm activity and they just called off the flight again... Frustrating. Something is not right behind the scenes...
Programming turns thoughts into money.
Absolutely, but my personal constraint is that I'm not satisfied understanding a lot about one, or mostly one, thing. Moreover, if the quality of thought at all reflects in the amount of money returned, it seems imperative, to me, that I should improve the quality of my thoughts by reading. Ouroboros all the way down.
Yep. FAA canceled the TFR. Safety concerns apparently linked to SN9 previously tiping in the high-bay w/ no disclosure of the incident to the FAA from SpaceX. Then advising them from now on to disclose thrust parameters and amount of fuel uplift three days in advance of any tests. Very strange. And some drama w/ Musk. Will see how it develops but pretty confusing situation all of a sudden from the FAA. TFR is up for this friday but as some says, I've a bad feeling about this.
Huh, I would've assumed that they would have reported the tipping incident. I agree its strange, but mostly from the perspective that SpaceX isn't gushing with information for the FAA. It seems plausible that you could have an on-site regulator paired with a SpaceX liaison to keep the former in-the-loop such that the latter is always certified. I want to see SN9 hop, but hard to dismiss the FAA's caution.
Hype! Happy to see I'm not the only one here :) I'll watch it on "What About It!?" livestream... SN8 put the bar very high. SN9 seems to have had a more complicated birth let's say. At least that is my feeling... Hopefully it will stick the landing.
no launch today it seems, hopefully soon!
It would be neat to find a site with a listing of notable bloggers in niche domains.
Google is good for this! My go-to example is the set of inbound links (think Project Xanadu) to Simon DeDeo's Santa Fe page: ''. This works because interesting people cite interesting people, so it's pretty easy to continuously expand outwards from a single node.
Don't know if it can be fully decentralized, Starlink still needs access to ground relays and governments approval. But I'm not a specialist anyway... Also, dozens of thousands of satellites are gonna be a disaster for ground astronomy. What's next? Giant orbital billboards for ads? Makes me depressed to think about it... I'm all for it but they need to limit the max amount of operational satellites, because big corporations will not care.
Re: decentralization, while I agree, my implicit assumption is that a phreaker-like culture will emerge around satellite transceivers in the same way it did around phone infrastructure. To see this in it's fledgling state, look no further than defcon's aerospace village this year: Re: astronomy, artifact-removal is old-hat in computational photography, with the exception of amateurs, I suspect everything will be hunky-dory.
So, are the rumours are true... there is an "offline world"? I thought it had been a myth all along. Seriously though, I didn't know about Guzey and Gwern. I'm actually gonna say hi to Guzey. Keep dropping names if you have other similar ones.
Hi Ciro! Figured one of you would find this :). More than just emailing these sort of folks, I think you'd probably get a lot out of visiting SF. To that end, you might reach out to Harshita Arora and ask about dinner at Topos House. As for other individuals, you could reach out to folks like artirkel or atroyn on Twitter. Also, feel free to text or email me anytime: (707) 303-0871, and,
Reading their blog at is a good start.
I'm not so sure. I think that blog is written with the intent of generating consulting customers as opposed to informing about Juran's ideas. I mean, the six sigma stuff is pretty well-known, so it's not much use to read 300-odd pages on it. I'm more hoping that someone, somewhere, has written a survey/synthesis on his work so I can determine if he had more than one 'big idea'. For example, this ( synthesizes Michael Porter very well.
I'm a student in a somewhat "practical" field of academia and my reading of the h-index is a little more cynical. It seems to me that often the people with higher h-indices have more papers (and they're of course often of very high quality) and they get cited by other papers, sometimes in a citation loop. But they aren't necessarily practical! They may not have a deployment, or often even code that isn't "gradware". I may be way wrong and I look forward to a counter view. :)
I actually agree with your points! The h-index also misses that often many people don't even read the papers they cite! Though I think the h-index should be replaced, it strikes me that it would be an interesting project to do an h-index for politicians, e.g. how many pieces of legislation have they contributed to which we're then subsequently used. It has all the same problems as a metric, but would be interesting nonetheless.
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