Will we see a greater rate of technological change in the next half century than in the last? Economist Robert Gordon argues that American growth is slowing down because innovation remains at similar levels while the relative size of the labor force shrinks and wealth production is not well distributed. Gordon states that the technological change and … More The Rate of Technological Change Will Grow, But Our Economy Might Not
There is a fair amount of open data from the US government now available on data.gov. At the White House Open Data Innovation Summit held last month, three questions were explored: How has open data made the government more efficient and effective? How has open data made us live better lives? How has open data spurred … More An Experiment with Open Data
Today I had my first experience editing a Wikipedia page! Since the rise of egg freezing parties and the trend of tech companies paying for women to freeze their eggs, I have had many conversations with other young working women about what we should make of all this. Given my research in reproductive technologies, I know a little … More Why is the information on egg freezing so terrible?
Reading Steve Yegge’s rant recently about Google’s failure to truly understand platforms made me realize I should probably be thinking more about platforms. It’s kind of crazy how influential these things have become. Amazon’s prize for figuring this out early is that they now host the majority of all applications around the world. As a tepid … More Give me a Platform: Genomics in the Cloud
Should we use the UK policy process around legalizing mitochondrial replacement as a model for future human genetic modification policies? I think we can do better. The scientific process, at its best, tends to be an agile one. A scientist starts off with a hypothesis or a question, designs an experiment to test exactly that … More A Scientific Policy Process Gone Wrong: The Need for Agile Thinking
Cross-posted with Biopolitical Times on June 8th, 2016. In February 2015, the UK decided to create a controversial exception to its law against any form of human germline modification to allow the creation of “three-person embryos” to prevent the transmission of some mitochondrial disease. Then and now, unresolved scientific concerns remained, and many people have been … More UK Researchers Now Say Three-Person Embryo Technique Doesn’t Work; Propose New Method
Cross-posted with Biopolitical Times on June 1st, 2016. The latest season of Orphan Black takes a cue from Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto” to probe the boundaries of identity, humanity, and perfection, as it reminds us that mainstream genetic and reproductive technologies are closer to the show’s more radical technologies than we might think. In … More On Cyborgs and Gene Editing: Lessons from Orphan Black