The future of science

  • January 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This discussion is about the topic of science, how science is doing, and where science it is heading. It will address questions like, whether curiosity-driven science is dead (as some people have said), how a government funded endeavor like science can survive in a time of small government, and if science could and should be privately financed.


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  • Beau R.

    That was pretty awesome event - some interesting and strong personalities - like a good book it was hard to tear myself away. Thank you to Ha for hosting and Ultrich and Mustafa for moderating, and to all the participants for providing a high S/N discussion.

    A closing thought on this is I'm ruthlessly optimistic. As an engineer I've been blessed to work in the bio-tech, medical device, artificial intelligence, education, and consumer startup spaces. Now I'm the lead at one which combines much of this (http://reflexionhealth.com/). The quality of person I work with coming out of college today just seems markedly higher than what I recall in the 90s. There's a greater propensity for people to self-educate, to cancel their cable subs, to use social media to an almost debilitating degree to just turn it off. Perhaps that's a bit naive, but there it is.

    January 9, 2014

    • Beau R.

      January 16, 2014

    • Beau R.

      Totally. Sorry, something pulled me away at the last moment. Unfortunately the next one is packed, but I'll definitely be coming to more of these.

      February 6, 2014

    • Beau R.

      Ah... I tried to check that link just to be sure, but it's coming up dead for me now? Drats, I thought it was some good new news.

      February 6, 2014

  • Ha

    Here's an interesting article that surveys the current state of science crowdfunding across four different platforms: http://www.perlsteinlab.com/blog/the-science-crowdfunding-landscape

    January 11, 2014

    • Beau R.

      Yeah, thanks Ha! I agree that generally the problem is while using a similar platform is great, it's an entirely different problem and needs a different approach. My love for crowdfunding basically stems from believing there is a huge benefit to having financial backing wrested from traditional institutational means. To find the marketing angle will require an innovation.

      January 16, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Ugh Too tired

    January 8, 2014

    • Jim C.

      So sorry -- missed you there! :(

      January 9, 2014

  • David

    Just watched this video, which relates to what we discussed last night. It's about the future of science, and political/economic biases affect science, technology, and research.

    http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jan/08/uc-san-diego-professor-slams-ted-talks-his-own-ted/

    January 9, 2014

  • Phil C

    I thought the meeting was good as a starter, but it seems that there is no real solution that is easy, either through education or politics. There does seem to be a bit of a condescending attitude toward the arts and humanities by some of the members. That attitude might in part account for the public's distain for the discipline.

    January 9, 2014

    • Christoph M.

      In sad eyes there sheds no tear,
      They sit at the loom and grind their teeth:
      Germany, we weave your shroud;
      And into it we weave a threefold curse–
      –We weave; we weave.

      One curse upon the God to whom we prayed
      In Winter’s chill and hunger’s despair;
      In vain did we hope and persevere,
      He mocked, hoaxed and ridiculed us–
      –We weave; we weave.

      A curse upon the king, the rich man’s king
      Who did naught to soften our misery,
      Who pried the last penny from our hands
      And had us shot like dogs–
      –We weave; we weave.

      A curse upon the false fatherland,
      Where nothing thrives but disgrace and shame,
      Where every flower buckles before its day,
      Where rot and mold hasten the worm’s work–
      –We weave; we weave.

      The shuttle flies, the loom creaks,
      Assiduously we weave day and night–
      Old Germany, we weave your shroud,
      We weave into it a three-fold curse,
      –We weave; we weave!

      January 9, 2014

  • Christoph M.

    Hmmm ... my personal attitude towards science is often informed by http://www.plutocracycaust.org/the_physicists.html

    January 9, 2014

  • Bill

    Sorry the wait list is so long on this topic. Especially because I'm on it. Would love to a second meet-up on this one.

    January 4, 2014

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