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Dec 31, 2007, 14:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaron Lanier)

" What made Martha [Stewart]'s critique particularly memorable, though, is that her observation was directly relevant to what emerged from Sci Foo as the big idea about the future of science.

"It wasn't official, of course, but the big idea kept popping up: Science as a whole should consider adopting the ideals of 'Web 2.0,' becoming more like the community process behind Wikipedia or the open-source operating system Linux. And that goes double for synthetic biology, the current buzzword for a superambitious type of biotechnology that draws on the techniques of computer science. There were more sessions devoted to ideas along these lines than to any other topic, and the presenters of those sessions tended to be the younger ones, indicating that the notion is ascendant..."

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