MachineMachine /stream - tagged with biology https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Natural’s Not in It — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/

If the 20th century promised better living through chemistry, the 21st century has promised better living through digital technology.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:44:08 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/
<![CDATA[Speculative biology: understanding the past and predicting our future | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future

In 1981, a remarkable book was published: After Man: A Zoology of the Future, by Dougal Dixon.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:35 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future
<![CDATA[Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:32 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/
<![CDATA[This Woman Just Figured Out How to Control Sperm with Her Brain - Broadly]]> https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/this-woman-just-figured-out-how-to-control-sperm-with-her-brain

For transdisciplinary artist Ani Liu, working in science and technology has provided a way for her to explore the intersection between research, culture, and implications of emerging technologies.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:52 -0700 https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/this-woman-just-figured-out-how-to-control-sperm-with-her-brain
<![CDATA[Biotyranny and its Resistance: Who Owns Your Body? - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/biotyranny-and-its-resistance-who-owns-your-body

In early 2015, a Fedex package arrived at the studio of artist/scientist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. It contained only a sample of hair and cheek swabs.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:21:05 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/biotyranny-and-its-resistance-who-owns-your-body
<![CDATA[Towards a statistical mechanics of consciousness: maximization of number of connections is associated with conscious awareness]]> https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00821

Authors: R. Guevara Erra, D. M. Mateos, R. Wennberg, J.L. Perez Velazquez Abstract: It has been said that complexity lies between order and disorder. In the case of brain activity, and physiology in general, complexity issues are being considered with increased emphasis.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:56:19 -0700 https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00821
<![CDATA[FILTH AS NON-TECHNOLOGHY | non]]> http://non.copyriot.com/3759-2/

Fig. 1: Illustration for Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror (1868-1869). Marco Saccaperni, 2011. I am filthy [Je suis sale]—writes Lautréamont—I am riddled with lice. Hogs, when they look at me, vomit.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:38:17 -0700 http://non.copyriot.com/3759-2/
<![CDATA[Living factories of the future : Nature : Nature Publishing Group]]> http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v531/n7594/full/531401a.html ]]> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:03:05 -0700 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v531/n7594/full/531401a.html <![CDATA[The Emperor’s Love of Slime Mold | Popular Science]]> http://www.popsci.com/emperors-love-slime-mold

Slime mold—a living network of tendrils found on rotting wood and other plant debris—is easily one of the strangest things alive. Neither plant, nor fungus, it’s a collection of individual cells glomming together in a web-like mush that stalks the forest floor.

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:59 -0700 http://www.popsci.com/emperors-love-slime-mold
<![CDATA[‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life : Nature News & Comment]]> http://www.nature.com/news/minimal-cell-raises-stakes-in-race-to-harness-synthetic-life-1.19633

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.

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Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:35:40 -0700 http://www.nature.com/news/minimal-cell-raises-stakes-in-race-to-harness-synthetic-life-1.19633
<![CDATA[The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth | WIRED]]> http://www.wired.com/2016/02/the-hunt-for-the-algorithms-that-drive-life-on-earth/

To the computer scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.

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Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:10 -0800 http://www.wired.com/2016/02/the-hunt-for-the-algorithms-that-drive-life-on-earth/
<![CDATA[Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverishe...]]> https://aeon.co/opinions/why-our-imagination-for-alien-life-is-so-impoverished

It astonishes me how much we seem to know about aliens. They build technology-driven civilisations and pilot spaceships across the galaxy. They create energy-harvesting structures around their stars. They beam interstellar greetings to us.

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Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:35:16 -0800 https://aeon.co/opinions/why-our-imagination-for-alien-life-is-so-impoverished
<![CDATA[At Synthorx, Synthetic Biologists Put Artificial Life Forms to Work | MIT Technology Review]]> http://www.technologyreview.com/news/540701/synthetic-life-seeks-work/

In the May 15, 2014, edition of the journal Nature, Floyd Romesberg’s chemistry lab at San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute published a paper titled “A Semi-Synthetic Organism with an Expanded Genetic Alphabet.

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:16:44 -0800 http://www.technologyreview.com/news/540701/synthetic-life-seeks-work/
<![CDATA[Welcome to the age of synthetic biology – it’s all about yeast]]> http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2014/04/welcome-age-synthetic-biology-it-s-all-about-yeast

Evolution’s retirement plan has been 3.6 billion years in the making. With the appearance of the modern human being, we now have an organism that can take over from natural processes and engineer biology in entirely new ways. Welcome to the age of synthetic biology.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:12:00 -0700 http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2014/04/welcome-age-synthetic-biology-it-s-all-about-yeast
<![CDATA[There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome - The Atlantic]]> http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/theres-a-mystery-machine-that-sculpts-the-human-genome/411199/

Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three dimensions. They are made of molecules. They are physical objects that take up space—a lot of space.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:28 -0700 http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/theres-a-mystery-machine-that-sculpts-the-human-genome/411199/
<![CDATA[How a Hacked Virus Is Bringing Us Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis | Motherboard]]> http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-a-hacked-virus-will-bring-us-closer-to-true-artificial-photosynthesis

The question persists: Is a virus alive? Or is it simply a clever organic machine? It lacks most all of things we associate with "life": the ability to reproduce (outside of a host cell), biological componentry, a metabolism. All it is is DNA, a single strand wrapped in a protein membrane.

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:10:34 -0700 http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-a-hacked-virus-will-bring-us-closer-to-true-artificial-photosynthesis
<![CDATA[Julian Savulescu: The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God]]> http://nautil.us/issue/28/2050/the-philosopher-who-says-we-should-play-god

Australian bioethicist Julian Savulescu has a knack for provocation. Take human cloning. He says most of us would readily accept it if it benefited us.

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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:27:55 -0700 http://nautil.us/issue/28/2050/the-philosopher-who-says-we-should-play-god
<![CDATA[The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties : Nature : Nature Publishing Group]]> http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v524/n7564/full/nature14668.html

Soft-bodied cephalopods such as the octopus (Fig.

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:55:32 -0700 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v524/n7564/full/nature14668.html
<![CDATA[If We Cloned Early Humans, Should We Put Them in a Zoo or a School?]]> http://io9.com/if-we-cloned-early-humans-should-we-put-them-in-a-zoo-1718953915

Let’s say someone successfully cloned human ancestors. Then what? Are they like chimps, to be put in a zoo or a nature reserve? Do they need carers? Should we enroll them in kindergarten? What do fossils tell us about how early humans would fit in with modern ones?

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:51:55 -0700 http://io9.com/if-we-cloned-early-humans-should-we-put-them-in-a-zoo-1718953915
<![CDATA[The Femunculus [NSFW] | Method]]> http://www.methodquarterly.com/2015/02/the-femunuculs/

Male bodies are seen as the default in biology. One artist is working towards helping us see the alternatives. In psychology, the homunculus is a visual representation of the sensory and motor cortices.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:01:59 -0700 http://www.methodquarterly.com/2015/02/the-femunuculs/