03 September 2007

Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Invention

  • "The Most Read Full-Length eBook of All Time," Unleashing the Ideavirus, is available for free at Seth Godin's site
  • There's a Best-Of page at Guy Kawasaki's blog, How to Change the Word: A practical blog for impractical people. Posts include "The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption," and good advice from an investor on creating VC pitches.
  • Combine the two and you get Guy interviewing Seth about The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (And When to Stick).
  • "Introducing the Google Phone" in The Boston Globe by Scott Kirsner.
  • Brockman's Edge posse discusses biotechnology, life, and engineering life. We're talking serious stuff here, like sequencing the genomes of a multitude of aquatic microbes, rethinking natural selection, and other stuff that makes you realize that bio-engineering is happening now.
  • Charlie Rose interviews Danny Hillis (2001, YouTube).
  • Freeman Dyson's essay, "Our Biotech Future" in The New York Review of Books. Here's one paragraph:

Now, after three billion years, the Darwinian interlude is over. It was an interlude between two periods of horizontal gene transfer. The epoch of Darwinian evolution based on competition between species ended about ten thousand years ago, when a single species, Homo sapiens, began to dominate and reorganize the biosphere. Since that time, cultural evolution has replaced biological evolution as the main driving force of change. Cultural evolution is not Darwinian. Cultures spread by horizontal transfer of ideas more than by genetic inheritance. Cultural evolution is running a thousand times faster than Darwinian evolution, taking us into a new era of cultural interdependence which we call globalization. And now, as Homo sapiens domesticates the new biotechnology, we are reviving the ancient pre-Darwinian practice of horizontal gene transfer, moving genes easily from microbes to plants and animals, blurring the boundaries between species. We are moving rapidly into the post-Darwinian era, when species other than our own will no longer exist, and the rules of Open Source sharing will be extended from the exchange of software to the exchange of genes. Then the evolution of life will once again be communal, as it was in the good old days before separate species and intellectual property were invented.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that update...

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