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Kill the Bill

Corrado Nai Technische Universität Berlin
20 March 2018

Science is experiencing a crisis which revolves around scholarly publishing. The open access model of “pay to publish”, in which authors pay a charge to cover production and subscription costs, is increasingly shaking the traditional subscription model in which universities pay for access. Can we move away from today’s profit-driven publishing model and towards an open, shared and collaborative scientific community?

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How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

Richard Stallman Free Software Foundation
We need to reduce the level of general surveillance, but how far? Where exactly is the maximum tolerable level of surveillance, which we must ensure is not exceeded?

The Digital Revolution: Why do you Google?

Andreas Ekström Sydsvenskan
While we seem to be enchanted by the idea, there really is no such thing as an unbiased search result.

Identity: Who Do You Think You Are?

Chris Hankin & Andrew Burton Imperial College London
By 2020, it is predicted that networked devices, streaming information and connecting us globally, will exceed 50 billion. But will we be able to switch off, or maintain distinct identities in online and offline worlds?

Imagine a future dominated by brain emulation robots

Robin Hanson George Mason University
History took us from the age of foraging to the age of farming, will brain emulation technology now take us from the industrial era to the age of the "em" economy?

The logic of synthetic biology: turning cells into computers

Matthew R. Bennett Rice University
9 April 2017

For years scientists have been studying E. coli as historians would an ancient tome. Biologists, biochemists, and geneticists have dissected, poked, and prodded E. coli until it gave up its secrets: the basic principles of cellular life. Synthetic biologists, on the other hand, look at E. coli and think to themselves: “let’s make a computer”.

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Crossing the astronomical divide between science and policy

Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier University of Geneva
22 November 2017

Science, and astronomy in particular, have had a deep impact on our world view. Modern human lifestyle has led our planet to face critical challenges. Scientists have an important responsibility to help societies respond and thrive within this new reality.

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Fish-like flow sensing on underwater vehicles

Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli, Meghali Bora Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Jianmin Miao Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Michael Triantafyllou Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5 February 2017

Advanced flow sensing abilities enable fish to perform complex hydrodynamic manoeuvres. Understanding these is key to constructing viable artificial sensors.

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