Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it’s applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome. On Tuesday, autism advocacy group Autism Speaks said it was partnering with Google to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people on the autism spectrum along with their family members. Google will host and index the data for qualified researchers to sift as they hunt for variations in DNA that could hint at autism’s genetic origins. “We believe that the clues to understanding autism lie in that genome,” Rob Ring, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer, told WIRED. The project will make use of Google Genomics, a tool launched by the company several months ago with little fanfare on Google’s Cloud Platform. The autism genomics project is hardly the first Google foray into health and medicine.
NoFlo Development Environment by The Grid Kickstarter Collections Projects We Love Trending Nearly Funded Just Launched Everything Categories On Our Radar Willie Bus Concept Might Change City’s Landscape In The Future Don’t you just love the kind of freedom associated with concepts when they are thought up of without any of the restrictions of the real world? Want to make a concept of a smartphone? That’s easy, assuming you are using some sort of arc reactor equivalent technology that means your smartphone need not be charged throughout its entire lifetime. Well, a certain Tad Orlowski has come up with the Willie bus concept that he hopes will be able to change city landscapes in the future. And how will a humble bus be able to do that, you ask? Filed in Concepts >Transportation.
Coding Is Coming To Every Industry You Can Think Of, Time To Start Learning It Now Not every coder job involves working in a blue chip tech company or Silicon Valley startup. As British technologist, Conrad Wolfram said in a TED talk on teaching math with computers: "In the real world math isn’t necessarily done by mathematicians. It’s done by geologists, engineers, biologists, all sorts of different people." The same applies for computer science. "Coding literacy is a huge part of our future as a country, and it will be integrated into every aspect of our government and every other sector that people will work in," says Tran. Computer science is transforming industries—and igniting a renaissance in the creating of things. Mitchel Resnick, director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, calls coding "an extension of writing." At a deeper level, the push to introduce coding to younger students reflects a larger, back-to-the-future movement to return creativity, tinkering, and exploration to the learning process. By Tony Wan, Associate Editor, EdSurge
Why Schools Have to Introduce Students to Programming (3 Steps to Get Started) As technology becomes more prevalent, it is more and more important to educate our children in the field of computer science. According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science in their curriculum. It is estimated that over the next ten years there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs created in the U.S., with only 400,000 qualified professionals to fill them. A shortage of 1 million people in a field that is of such importance to all of us should be a sign that we should start preparing our future for the jobs that we need filled. Fall 2011 Student Hackathon Coding from @matylda. Early Adopters Ahead of the Game Many countries across the world will experience the growth in demand for technology skills. Step 1 – Raise Administrator’s Awareness The first step in getting administrators implementing more computer science courses into their curriculum is to show them that there is a need for students to learn to code. Step 3 – Get Started
Deep Learning is Teaching Computers New Tricks A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging from computer security to stock trading. If the technique works in those areas, it could create new opportunities but also displace some workers. Deep learning, as the technique is known, involves applying layers of calculations to data, such as sound or images, to recognize key features and similarities. It offers a powerful way for machines to recognize similarities that would normally be abstruse to a computer: the same face seen from different angles, for instance, or a word spoken in different accents (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013: Deep Learning”). For example, Google uses deep learning for voice recognition on Android phones, while Facebook uses the technology to identify friends in users’ photographs (see “Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do”).
The Emergence of the Digital Humanities Oct 7 Revisiting the Site of Pixel Pour I recently paid a visit to the site of Kelly Goeller’s brilliant 2008 installation, Pixel Pour on 9th Street in New York City. The artist’s own photo of the ephemeral work graces the cover of The Emergence of the Digital Humanities. When I give talks, it’s one of the images from the slides that people always want to discuss. The building in Greenwich Village where it was installed was once a branch of the Hebrew Technical Institute, a vocational high school that closed in 1939 (Wikipedia says). This is a sensor, a Meter Transmission Unit, part of a 2008 New York City program (it must have been installed soon after the artwork was removed), used for capturing data from water meters and transmitting it to data-collection nodes and the DEP, reportedly to make billing more accurate and to send automated alerts of leaks and malfunctions. Aug 28 Review of EDH by Roger Whitson Jul 31 EDH in Reviews in History Feb 22 Digital Shakespeares on EDH Feb 15 Feb 11 Jan 16