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Socialtext going open source:  First with UI tools, then the whole product.  Also noted: "One year free 5 person wiki at socialtext by mentioning "web20"."  10:30:23 PM  permalink  

Back to the Future: Introducing Email Subscriptions: FeedBurner now offers email subscriptions to RSS feeds, so newsletters can be automatically both RSS and email.  Bloglet did it before, but it hasn't been updated in a long time.  FeedBurner will integrate statistics on usage, among other things.  10:29:20 PM  permalink  

Recipe for Destruction:  So Kurzweil and Joy agree on this; they disagree on other advanced tech issues. "To shed light on how the virus evolved, the United States Department of Health and Human Services published the full genome of the 1918 influenza virus on the Internet in the GenBank database.
 
This is extremely foolish. The genome is essentially the design of a weapon of mass destruction. No responsible scientist would advocate publishing precise designs for an atomic bomb, and in two ways revealing the sequence for the flu virus is even more dangerous. ..

We urgently need international agreements by scientific organizations to limit such publications and an international dialogue on the best approach to preventing recipes for weapons of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands. Part of that discussion should concern the appropriate role of governments, scientists and their scientific societies, and industry.

We also need a new Manhattan Project to develop specific defenses against new biological viral threats, natural or human made. There are promising new technologies, like RNA interference, that could be harnessed. We need to put more stones on the defensive side of the scale."  I'd like to learn more about RNA interference and other biodefense technologies.

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