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Rewritable digital data stored in live DNA

“It took us three years and 750 tries to make it work, but we finally did it,” says Jerome Bonnet, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, who worked with graduate student Pakpoom Subsoontorn and assistant professor Drew Endy to reapply natural enzymes adapted from bacteria to flip specific sequences of DNA back and forth at will.

In practical terms, they have devised the genetic equivalent of a binary digit—a “bit” in data parlance. “Essentially, if the DNA section points in one direction, it’s a zero. If it points the other way, it’s a one,”

Full Story: Futurity

Posted at 8:58pm and tagged with: data, tech, technology, biotechnology,.

Rewritable digital data stored in live DNA


“It took us three years and 750 tries to make it work, but we finally did it,” says Jerome Bonnet, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, who worked with graduate student Pakpoom Subsoontorn and assistant professor Drew Endy to reapply natural enzymes adapted from bacteria to flip specific sequences of DNA back and forth at will.
In practical terms, they have devised the genetic equivalent of a binary digit—a “bit” in data parlance. “Essentially, if the DNA section points in one direction, it’s a zero. If it points the other way, it’s a one,”

Full Story: Futurity

Paul Higgins: That is just fantastic

and it reminds me of the story about the turkey by Nassim Taleb. All the available evidence the turkey has is that humans are a benevolent and caring species that houses and feeds turkeys until one day ……….

futuristgerd:

(via Facebook Changes – Everybody Panic! — TweetFindTV)

So true: WE are the content of Facebook the broadcaster- it’s free but they sell our information!!

Posted at 8:15am and tagged with: data, business models, social media, tech, technology,.

Paul Higgins: That is just fantastic
and it reminds me of the story about the turkey by Nassim Taleb. All the available evidence the turkey has is that humans are a benevolent and caring species that houses and feeds turkeys until one day ……….
futuristgerd:

(via Facebook Changes – Everybody Panic! — TweetFindTV)
So true: WE are the content of Facebook the broadcaster- it’s free but they sell our information!!

Met Police uses ‘quick’ mobile data extraction system against suspects

The Metropolitan Police has rolled out a mobile device data extraction system to allow officers to extract data “within minutes” from suspects’ phones while they are in custody.


Paul Higgins: What is the bet that there will be an immediate technology response from users and activists and the police will never keep up with the change


Full Story: ComputerWorld

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: Tech, technology, data, privacy,.

Met Police uses ‘quick’ mobile data extraction system against suspects


The Metropolitan Police has rolled out a mobile device data extraction system to allow officers to extract data “within minutes” from suspects’ phones while they are in custody.

Paul Higgins: What is the bet that there will be an immediate technology response from users and activists and the police will never keep up with the change

Full Story: ComputerWorld

thenextweb:

Janrain has released a study powered by its Engage tool, which analyzed some 365,000 sites. Overall, Janrain found that Facebook accounted for 45% of social logins, while Google came in at 31%. Yahoo and Twitter collectively hold an 18% share of social logins, while LinkedIn, Myspace and a number of other sites account for the remaining 3%. (via Facebook and Google Dominate 76% of Social Logins)

Posted at 2:37am and tagged with: data, social media, trends, tech, technology,.

thenextweb:

Janrain has released a study powered by its Engage tool, which analyzed some 365,000 sites. Overall, Janrain found that Facebook accounted for 45% of social logins, while Google came in at 31%. Yahoo and Twitter collectively hold an 18% share of social logins, while LinkedIn, Myspace and a number of other sites account for the remaining 3%. (via Facebook and Google Dominate 76% of Social Logins)

Posted at 12:01pm and tagged with: data, technoogy, tech,.

In a given day we translate roughly as much text as you’d find in 1 million books. To put it another way: what all the professional human translators in the world produce in a year, our system translates in roughly a single day. By this estimate, most of the translation on the planet is now done by Google Translate.

smarterplanet:

Tsubuyaku Sensor is a new wireless device from Japanese Ubiquitous Computing Technology that monitors conditions such as temperature, humidity and radiation levels and automatically tweets the resulting data via Twitter.

If Twitter can be used to broadcast recipesschool lunch menus and fresh bread alerts — to name just a few of the many examples we’ve covered — then why not environmental data as well? That, indeed, is just what’s possible with the Tsubuyaku Sensor, a new wireless device from Japanese Ubiquitous Computing Technology that monitors conditions such as temperature, humidity and radiation levels and automatically tweets the resulting data via Twitter.

Targeted primarily at applications including food warehouses and wine cellars, the Tsubuyaku Sensor measures data including temperature, humidity or radiation levels and can then automatically broadcast it to Twitter, according to a recent TechCrunch report. Boasting a battery life of about a year when posts are made every minute, the device features a range of about 40 meters, though a repeater option is available to extend that further. Twitter broadcasts can be set for public or private viewing. Pricing is USD 560 for the base unit and USD 286 for each sensor.

Is there any end to the remote monitoring possibilities? We’re thinking not. One for inspiration!

More info here and here.

Posted at 1:50pm and tagged with: data, sensors, tech, technology, internet of things,.

The Hobbit production shoots 6-12TB of camera data per day. And the shooting schedule (for both parts of the two-part film) involves 265 days of principal photography.
We’re entering a world that is going to be so data-mined it will be unrecognizable to us in 20 years, the way our kids laugh at us for buying records,” said one panelist, Jose Ferreira, founder of the interactive-learning company Knewton. “What that means for education is profound, because education produces vastly more data than any other data industry.

smarterplanet:

Your next mayor: a computer | KurzweilAI

In May 2009, some residents of Paris were given La Montre Verte (“The Green Watch”). The watch is actually a watch, and it also has two sensors to detect noise levels and ozone levels, a GPS chip, and a Bluetooth chip. As people went about their day, the watch recorded the noise and ozone in their environment. The data was transferred to a companion mobile phone application, regularly uploaded to a central server, and crunched into maps like this. (Credit: Fing)

“Almost anything — any person, any object, any process or any service, for any organization, large or small — can become digitally aware and networked,” said IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano at the 2010 SmarterCities forum in Shanghai. “Think about the prospect of a trillion connected and instrumented things — cars, appliances, cameras, roadways, pipelines …”

Posted at 9:10pm and tagged with: tech, technology, internet of things, sensors, networks, data,.

smarterplanet:

Your next mayor: a computer | KurzweilAI
In May 2009, some residents of Paris were given La Montre Verte (“The Green Watch”). The watch is actually a watch, and it also has two sensors to detect noise levels and ozone levels, a GPS chip, and a Bluetooth chip. As people went about their day, the watch recorded the noise and ozone in their environment. The data was transferred to a companion mobile phone application, regularly uploaded to a central server, and crunched into maps like this. (Credit: Fing)
“Almost anything — any person, any object, any process or any service, for any organization, large or small — can become digitally aware and networked,” said IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano at the 2010 SmarterCities forum in Shanghai. “Think about the prospect of a trillion connected and instrumented things — cars, appliances, cameras, roadways, pipelines …”