CHE Remembers Environmental Health Leader Theo Colborn, 1927-2014 December 17, 2014Posted by Nancy Hepp in breaking news.
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For nearly 30 years Theo Colborn, PhD, founder of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), dedicated herself to revealing the dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals to wildlife and humans. More recently she alerted us all to the threats posed by chemicals associated with oil and gas development. She wove the two together beautifully in her statement The Fossil Fuel Connection, which she worked on until the day she died.
Theo’s visionary leadership and passion shone most brilliantly when she made direct connections between new ideas, scientists whose work confirmed them, impacted individuals, and people in positions to change what needed changing. She will be remembered for many generations to come, generations that she worked tirelessly to protect.
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Mind Control and the Internet of Things November 14, 2014Posted by Nancy Hepp in Brave New World.
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Two news articles this week fit our Brave New World posting category: artificial people on an artificial planet. Michael Lerner and Ted Schettler submitted these.
- Mind-control device lets people alter genes in mice through power of thought: The approach fuses the latest advances in cybernetics with those in synthetic biology by connecting a wireless headset that monitors brainwaves to an implant in the mouse that can change the rodent’s genes. The experiment could lead to the development of a radical new approach to the treatment of diseases. Scientists hope it is a first step towards the development of a system that will monitor brainwaves for signs of illnesses and automatically release medicines into the body to treat them.
- The creepy new wave of the Internet: The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect every thing with everyone in an integrated global network. People, machines, natural resources, production lines, logistics networks, consumption habits, recycling flows, and virtually every other aspect of economic and social life will be linked via sensors and software to the IoT platform, continually feeding Big Data to every node—businesses, homes, vehicles—moment to moment, in real time. One analysis believes that this IoT may be poised to “not merely redefine our relationship to machines and their relationship to one another, but to overtake and overthrow capitalism once the efficiencies of the Internet of Things undermine the market system.”