The past eight years have seen massive strides
forward for the field of genome editing, thanks to a new technology known as
CRISPR. This newfound ability to edit humanity’s genetic code provides both
profound opportunities for human betterment and difficult ethical questions
about how far the technology should be permitted to go. Kevin Davies and I
recently discussed these questions on an episode of Political Economy.
Kevin is the executive editor of The CRISPR Journal and the founding editor of Nature Genetics. He is also the author of several books, including the recently released “Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing.”
Below is an abbreviated transcript of our conversation. You can read our full discussion here. You can also subscribe to my podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher, or download the podcast on Ricochet.
Your book’s title refers to the “CRISPR revolution.” How
World War II seems like a pretty obvious example of successful industrial policy, at least in the sense of government directing science research toward specific goals. This from the new working paper “Organizing Crisis Innovation: Lessons from World War II” by Daniel P. Gross and Bhaven N. Sampat: “The [Office of Scientific Research and Development]’s priorities were demand-driven, focused on solving specific military problems, and led by input from the Armed Services. The bulk of its work was applied in nature, and while basic studies were sometimes needed, the urgency of the crisis meant that it mostly had to take basic science as given and to put it to work.”
And Washington’s effort at Big Science produced many notable successes. In just a half-decade, the paper notes, there were major advances across a range of technologies: radar, electrical engineering, jet propulsion, optics, chemistry, and atomic fission. That final one, of
iConnections and TII Are Pleased To Announce They Have Entered Into a Global Strategic Partnership, Combining TII’s Industry Leading Educational Forum Services with iConnections’ World Class Strategy-Led Enterprise Delivery and Next-Gen Technology Services
The Investment Institute (TII), a leading membership body offering unbiased and non-commercial educational investment forums for senior decision-makers from leading endowments, foundations, pension funds, family offices and asset management firms has announced a strategic partnership with iConnections, the industry leading platform that seamlessly connects managers and allocators for virtual meetings, giving managers the ability to subscribe and share.
The iConnections Investment Institute will allow TII members real-time interactions and access to peers in the community throughout the year as well as enable allocators to clearly identify managers and strategies that may be of interest.
With technology playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of business, companies recognize that they need to accelerate the development of digital
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University have reported the deployment of AMD EPYC 7702 processors for use in a new high performance computing system. The EPYC processor will be utilized in a supercomputer to deliver 2.36 petaflops of computing power as the institute plans to use for scientific research. The Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section of the institute plans to implement its new supercomputer to support intensive research from bioinformatics, computational neurosciences and physics.
“2020 is a milestone year for OIST with new research units expanding the number of research areas. This growth is driving a significant increase in our computational needs,” said Eddy Taillefer, Ph.D., Section Leader, Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section. “Under the common resource model for which the computing system is shared by all OIST users we needed a significant increase in core-count capacity to both absorb these
The technology institute founded by the inventor Sir James Dyson will soon have the power to award its own degrees – the first of the new wave of alternative providers.
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, which opened in 2017 on the site of Dyson’s design centre in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, has 150 engineering undergraduates who pay no tuition fees and receive a full-time wage during their four years studying and working alongside Dyson’s staff.
Originally the institute was to award degrees validated by the University of Warwick but the Office for Students, the higher education regulator in England, has said the institute can award degrees in its own name from next year, the first to do so under legislation that created the route in 2017.
Related: James Dyson says tuition fees hit students with debt at ‘worst time’
Dyson said: “To be the first higher education institution to be
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Jennifer Buss to Chief Executive Officer, and selection of General Al Gray as the new Chairman of the Board. Dr. Buss will immediately assume all duties and responsibilities that accompany the CEO position at the Institute. She was also named a member of the Board of Directors.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to lead the Institute. I’ve been invested in its mission since I arrived,” Dr. Buss said. “I am committed to progressing the Institute and its contributions to policy in ever-changing science and technology.”
Dr. Buss replaces Mike Swetnam, who passed away in September. “Mike challenged and inspired me every day. It is because of his mentoring, and the leadership of General Al Gray, that I am ready for this new opportunity.”
TOKYO, Japan, Oct. 1 — Today,AMD and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) , announced the deployment of AMD EPYC 7702 processors for use in a new, high performance computing system. The EPYC- processor-based supercomputer will deliver the 2.36 petaflops of computing power OIST plans to use for scientific research at the University.
The Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section (SCDA) of OIST plans to implement the new supercomputer for supporting OIST computationally intensive research ranging from bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, and physics. SCDA adopted AMD EPYC after significant growth, including a 2X increase in users.
“2020 is a milestone year for OIST with new research units expanding the number of research areas. This growth is driving a significant increase in our computational needs,” said
Eddy Taillefer, Ph.D., Section Leader, Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section. “Under the common resource model for which the computing system
Progress, despite what you have heard lately from some environmentalists and populists (of the left and right), is good. Really good, in fact. The new working paper “A Calculation of the Social Returns to Innovation” by Benjamin F. Jones and Lawrence H. Summers opens with several reminders of that reality: “Standards of living in advanced economies have risen dramatically over the last two centuries, with U.S. income per-capita currently 25 times its level in 1820. … Scientific and technological advances, ultimately delivering valuable new products and services, are thought to be critical drivers of these gains. … Innovative advances also appear central to improving human health and life expectancy.”
If the US 5G
rollout is to reach its full potential, network security must be a priority.
But what are the security risks of 5G, and how can the US win the global 5G
race? On the latest episode of “Explain to Shane,” I sat down
with Tommy Ross, Senior Policy Director at BSA | The Software Alliance and
author of BSA’s position paper titled “Securing 5G: A Call to Harness
Software Innovation,” which discusses the transition from hardware-dominated
networking to a software-centric model for 5G. Together, we addressed the
availability and importance of 5G network security tools.
Below is an
edited and abridged transcript of our talk. You can listen to “Explain to Shane”
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A place for discussions on the era of “exascale” computing systems that are capable of billion billion calculations (1018) per second.is set to be held in South Korea. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI, President Choi Hee-yoon) is going to hold “2020 Korea Supercomputing Conference” from Wednesday to Thursday. This year’s conference, which will be celebrating its 17th conference this year, will be held online due to COVID-19. The topic of this year’s conference is the “Arrival of Exascale Computing Era”. Researchers from various countries will talk about their respective countries’ progress in development of exascale computing. Four basic lectures, eight workshops on topics such as current trend on quantum computing, utilization of high-performance computing (HPC) against COVID-19, and HPC infrastructure for research on artificial intelligence (AI), and four community forums involving Korea Society for Computational Society and Engineering and astrophysics will be held during the conference.