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  •  Bravo!! Another university communications office (0+ / 0-)

    makes news!!  Hopefully, this will be of great commercial value, but at least it's keeping the writers in the MIT communications office employed.  

    The story in the diary is basically a re-write of the press release as most such stories in the media are.  In other words, hardly an unbiased source.  One thing that we can be certain of is that if it doesn't work out - and there are many reasons it may not - we won't be hearing about the commercial failure from MIT.

    (Not picking on MIT in particular here, just making a point about how basic science makes headlines these days.)

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:12:28 PM PST

    •  You appear to be completely wrong in this case (5+ / 0-)
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      accumbens.  The original article appeared in the Nano letter section of the ACS journal, and came to my attention via Kurzweil AI net. No professional MIT writers have been involved.

      I spent about 20 years at MIT as a Research Associate, graduate student, instructor, etc. and have known many writers there, and even had an article written about about my research, and trust me, I am not one of them. But, you've given me a great idea for a place to look for writing work.  

      At the right price, I would be glad to write for just about anyone who wasn't a Republican.  

      As your comment seems to be in the humorous mood of the evening, I'll respond in kind, but, I think it is great that out of several hundred articles here in a day, we get one on science and technology on the rec board.  

      Heck, after writing two previous political posts today, and several dozen in the last weeks on serious political matters that received substantially less attention, I'll take recs any way I can get them.  

      My "Now for Something Completely Different Posts" seem to be getting increasingly more attention, while my serious political issues of the day post less.

      Given that a large part of my motivation for writing is reader response I don't need any solar powered weather vanes to measure which way these winds are blowing.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:40:07 PM PST

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      •  keep this stuff coming. our brains have enabled us (1+ / 0-)
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        to find ways to destroy all life on earth, now we need to use them to figure out a way to save all life on earth (so far a much more difficult task).

      •  I think you miss my point. (0+ / 0-)

        The article from Kurzweil is largely a cut and past job from the press release.  In other words, it's not an objective evaluation of the claims of a breakthrough or of the commercial potential.  One of the big problems with scientific journalism - like all journalism - is that the journalistic standards of independent sources and thorough vetting of the claims are too often lacking or left up to the original source, in this case the publishing scientist or university communication office.

        Having a paper published in a scientific journal does not a breakthrough make.  Believe me I've published plenty, have reviewed plenty of papers and read many, many more.  True breakthroughs are very few and very far between and the hit rate for successful commercial application is even more so.  So forgive me when I'm skeptical of claims of a breakthrough and commercial promise.

        I think it's great to have diaries on science, especially if they get visibility by being on the rec list.  But they should be treated with the same skepticism and hard nosed evaluation as those that are about politics.  The problem is most everybody has an opinion - is an "expert" - on politics, very few are in that position with respect to a given field of science.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 04:53:39 AM PST

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