Wetware Trendwatch: Week of October 20, 2003

As I promised, I’m starting a weekly Wetware Trendwatch, linking to Wetware related news gathered during the week. This is by no means intended to be a complete list, just a glimpse at the week in passing.

So here’s this week’s batch, including:
– Programmers’ view on the design of the human brain
– “Daily Me” saved by “Daily Us”
– 10mb transmission speed through human body
– The use of neuroscience in marketing

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The Register, completed its highly interesting two-part article on how little we actually know about the workings of the brain.
Part I of II: Software engineers – the ultimate brain scientists?
Part II of II: Design patterns for a Black Box Brain?

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Yahoo has a piece on how biologists are creating the first unified database of the roughly 2 million species of marine life.
Scientists Conduct First-Ever Fish Census

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Steven Johnson (Author of Emergence) writes about how the “Daily Me” concept, highly personalized newspapers originally conceived by Nicolas Negroponte, can be saved from its most common criticism using collaborative methods.
Breaking the News

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Yahoo again, now on how technology, previously used to identify flaws in computer chips, is now used to find flaws in cancer cells.
Intel, Cancer Research Center Collaborate

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Technology Research News and Technology Review were among those whose attention was raised by 10mb data transmission achieved using the human body as “cable”:
Body network gains speed
Human Body Network Gets Fast
Data Faster Than Speeding Bullet

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And finally NY Times did an article on the use of neuroscience in marketing.

There’s a Sucker Born in Every Medial Prefrontal Cortex
Slashdot discussion on the article

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That’s it for this week, please keep posting me interesting material.