SIGGRAPH 2006

As part of  Hacking Days we paid a visit to SIGGRAPH 2006. I found interesting stuff regarding the latest developments in computer graphics. There were some very impressive examples of holographics, visual effects, an impressive device using light synchronization with movement rotation to create different effects in a small house, magnetic fluids, a screen with a globe showing the real-time […]

Turing on Morphogenesis

Shortly before his death Turing did research on Biology, specifically on the  formation of patterns. He proposed that under certain conditions diffusion can destabilize a chemical system and cause spatial patterns. His original paper on the subject can be found at the Turing Archive [turingarchive.org]. More information can be found if you search  for “Gierer and Meinhardt” on […]

Hacking Days at MIT and Wikimania at Harvard, August 2006.

Hacking Days at MIT and Wikimania at the Harvard Law School came to a close yesterday. Here is a brief summary: Brion Vibber, Chief Technology Officer of Wikimedia, gave many talks. He discussed everything from why wiki projects are difficult to cache (since they are dynamical) to new features to come, like Semantic MediaWiki, a possible Xapian search […]

Computability in Europe Conference (CiE) Report, Wales UK

This is a report on the Computability in Europe Conference (CiE), held at the University of Swansea, Wales in the United Kingdom in July 2006. I attended a mini-course on Quantum Computing given by Julia Kempe, a lecture on the Church-Turing thesis by Martin Davis– who defended it against proposed models of hypercomputation– and a  lecture on Proof […]

International Conference in Complex Systems, NECSI

NECSI/ICCS Conference Report, Quincy, Greater Boston, USA, July 2006. First lesson: For every complex problem there is a simple, neat, wrong solution. I attended talks given by Ed Fredkin on Finite Nature, Lazlo Barabasi on Complex Networks, Christoph Teuscher on Biology and Computation and John Nash on his research upon Game Theory. * Ed Fredkin presented […]

How To Criticize Computer Scientists

How To Criticize Computer Scientists or Avoiding Ineffective Deprecation And Making Insults More Pointed, from http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/dec/essay.criticize.html In recent exchanges, members of the faculty have tried in vain to attack other Computer Scientists and disparage their work. Quite frankly, I find the results embarrassing — instead of cutting the opponent down, many of the remarks have been […]