Thanks to the discussions surrounding the SETI Institute's offerings for the Google Summer of Code, search algorithms are heating up (e.g. http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/consider-problem-posed-dr-jill-tarter). The SETI Institute is working to broaden the search by looking for complex signals that previously were too expensive to support. Join us on the discussion forums (setiQuest main page -> Learn -> Discussion Forums) to enjoy the discussion.
http://meetup.com/setiQuest/about for full details.
We are having our first meetup on May 4th, 6-8pm. It will be held at The SETI Institute located at 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Thanks to O'Reilly Media for making it possible for us to be at Web 2.0 expo. Without their contribution, we would not be talking to the hundreds of people there. Thanks O'Reilly. Thanks Kaitlin Pike, O'Reilly's Community Manager.
Google Summer of Code is a Google Program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. This year, Google has chosen SETI Institute's setiQuest as one of the GSoC projects. By being part of GSoC this summer, you and your friends can earn both, prestige and $5,000 while working on fun open source projects. Help us spread the word. Student applications will be accepted starting Monday, March 28, and will be accepted until Friday, April 8 (please confirm dates on Google's project website).
Many of you may have read my blog last week on setiQuest Explorer, developed by The Hathersage Group, with sponsorship from Adobe Systems, and the nice article that Elinor Mills of CBS News wrote.
CBS News writer Elinor Mills interviewed a number of people for her article SETI taps smartphones in hunt for E.T. which is on the homepage of CBS News today (March 10, 2011). Check it out, comment on the article - kudos if you agree with it, and correct them if you see any inaccuracies.
TED – Day 5
Session 11: The Echo of Time
Jack Hoerner – dinosaur hunter extraordinaire! DNA from flies in amber – will yield a room full of flies! When it hatches, the Dinochicken will be the poster child for TED.
Rajesh Rao – 4000 year-old Indus script is undeciphered but computers are making progress.
What the world needs now is more TED heroes!
Long talk with Michael Gough from Adobe. He is the on who has funded Francis Potter’s fantastic work on setiQuest Explorer. It was nice to be able to say thank you.
Session 8: Innovation and Consequence
Session 4: Antonio Damasio – the wonder and mystery of conscious minds. Area at the top of the brain stem makes continuous maps of ourselves that is basic component of consciousness that is elaborated upon by tight coupling with cerebral cortex.
Damon Horowitz – teaches philosophy class in San Quentin prison. Our enemy is thoughtlessness, this is philosophy! Let’s do this!