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5 people who can change the world

December 9, 2011

A french author wrote something which in a way summed up the world for me.

He said

The only thing constant in life is change.

While reading through some of world’s most powerful innovations, the change each one them brought in our lives, was something my mind couldn’t really imagine.

Try answering the following questions and feel the change

  1. Remember the day when you had to go to the library to make your project reports?
  2. Or when you used A drive on your computer 🙂
  3. Or when you rich neighbor installed a “phone” in his home
The list can go on and on, the intent of this post is to talk of some people who are working on innovations that will bring the next wave of change in this world.

Barry Bruce – Harnessing the energy of life

Everyone agrees that we need new ways to meet the energy demands of the future, but there’s little consensus on how to do it. Nuclear fission? Cleaner coal? Bio-diesel?

Barry Bruce is one of a small handful of researchers suggesting an entirely different road. Nature has its own incredibly efficient way of producing power from the sun–photosynthesis–so why not put it to work?

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Karim Nader – “Inception”

Canadian neuroscientist Karim Nader discovered that human memories can be altered in the lab.

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Max Tegmark – The man who sees more than Einstien

Tegmark hopes to create a map of all the hydrogen in the universe, not just the stuff in stars but all the gas that’s just sitting there. The hope is that by making very exacting measurements, it will be possible to see gravity–and “dark energy”–at work.

“It’s not that we’re smarter than Einstein,” he says, “it’s that we can see things he couldn’t.”

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Josh Tenenbaum – Computing cognition

As a professor in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he’s using a combination of mathematical modeling, computer simulation and behavioral experiments to explain how people learn new things.

“We’re not trying to build a machine child,” says Tenenbaum, “But our long-term goal is to build machine systems that have really deep cognitive capacity like that of a child

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Kevin Eggan – The Clone Man

While earning his PhD, Kevin Eggan helped make Rudolf Jaenischs lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research a preeminent cloning lab. Eggan became “arguably the most skillful mouse cloner in this country,” says Jaenisch. Eggan used those skills to clone mice from neurons, proving that animals could be cloned from even the most specialized cells in the body — a feat that many scientists considered impossible. Eggan also helped explain how cloning “reprograms” the genetic material from an adult mouse cell, identifying the changes that take place to reset the nucleus to the beginning of development.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Pulkit permalink
    December 12, 2011 9:59 am

    I would have been more interested in this article had it provided your insights into these harbingers of “change”, rather than a collection of interesting reads. For instance, I can see that atleast three out of the listed five will lead to grave moral and ethical issues. And even if there is an argument _for_ them, it will always be interesting to know both sides of an impending “change”.

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