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ref: -0 tags: china trustwothiness social engineering communism date: 10-31-2016 05:42 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

China 'social credit': Beijing sets up huge system

So long as it purports to measure just one social variable -- 'trustworthiness' -- it might be a good idea. Many commerce websites (.. ebay ..) have these sort of rating systems already, and they are useful. When humans live in smaller communities something like this is in the shared consciousness.

Peering into everyone's purchasing habits and hobbies, however, seems like it will be grossly myopic and, as the article says, Orwellian. Likely they will train a deep-belief network on past data of weakly and communist party defined success, with all purchasing and social media as the input data, and use that in the proprietary algorithm for giving people their scalars to optimize. This would be the ultimate party control tool -- a great new handle for controlling people's minds, even 'better' than capitalism.

Surprising that the article only hints at this, and that the Chinese themselves seem rather clueless that it's a power play. In this sense, it's a very clever play to link it to reproduction.

Other comments:

These sorts of systems may be necessary in highly populated countries, where freedom and individuality are less valued and social cohesion is requisite.

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ref: -2000 tags: polyimide acrylic aluminum electro deposition imide insulation ultra thin date: 02-27-2015 19:42 gmt revision:0 [head]

Ultrathin, Layered Polyamide and Polyimide Coatings on Aluminum

  • Alternating polyelectrolyte deposition of layered poly(acrylic acid)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAA/PAH) films on Al produces ultrathin coatings that protect Al from Cl--induced corrosion.
  • Resistance goes from 5 MOhm/cm^2 at 10nm thickness to ~50MOhm/cm^2 following imidization of the monolayer-applied polymer films.

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ref: -0 tags: kevlar polyamide orientation thin-films date: 04-07-2014 19:08 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

Preparation of uniaxially oriented polyamide films by vacuum deposition polymerization

  • Jiro Sakata, Midori Mochizuki
  • Grew polyamide (PPTA, kevlar) films using VDP (vacuum deposition polymerization).
    • Two precursors were heated in a vacuum to yield a stoichiometric polymer.
  • Polymer chains were oriented with rubbing with different polymers, e.g. cotton (!)

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ref: MolinaLuna-2007.03 tags: ICMS microstimulation cortical thin-film electrodes histology MEA date: 01-03-2012 22:54 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

PMID-17178423[0] Cortical stimulation mapping using epidurally implanted thin-film microelectrode arrays.

  • they claim that thin-film electrodes are better than microelectrode arrays, as they show less evidence of cortical damage.
    • thin-film electrodes show higher reproducability
    • more accurate spatial arrangement.
  • epidural stimulation (they were implanted between the dura and skull)


[0] Molina-Luna K, Buitrago MM, Hertler B, Schubring M, Haiss F, Nisch W, Schulz JB, Luft AR, Cortical stimulation mapping using epidurally implanted thin-film microelectrode arrays.J Neurosci Methods 161:1, 118-25 (2007 Mar 30)

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ref: -0 tags: Lehrer internet culture community collapse groupthink date: 06-01-2011 02:22 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

Response to Jonah Lehrer's The Web and the Wisdom of Crowds:

Lehrer is right on one thing: culture. We're all consuming similar things (e.g. Rebecca Black) via the strong positive feedback of sharing things that you like, liking things that you share, and becoming more like the things that are shared with you. Will this lead to a cultural convergence, or stable n-ary system? To early to tell, but probably not: likely this is nothing new. Would you expect music to collapse to a single genre? No way. Sure, there will be pop culture via the mechanisms Lehrer suggests, but meanwhile there is too much to explore, and we like novelty too much.

Regarding decision making through stochastic averaging as implemented in democracy, I have to agree with John Hawk here. The growing availability of knowledge, news, and other opinions should be a good thing. This ought to be more than enough to counteract the problem of everyone reading say the NYTimes instead of many varied local newspapers; there should be no impoverishment of opinion. Furthermore, we read blogs (like Lehrer's) which have to compete increasingly honestly in the attention economy. The cost of redirecting our attention has gone from that of a subscription to free. Plus, this attention economy ties communication to reality at more points - each reader, as opposed to each publisher, is partially responsible for information amplification and dissemination. (I mean I just published this damn thing and almost zero cost - is that not a great thing?)

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ref: Dunn-2005.07 tags: immunology cancer edithing interferon date: 0-0-2006 0:0 revision:0 [head]

PMID-15951814 article --

  • sarcoma = cancer of the connective tissue.
  • RAG2 deficient mice lack mature thymocytes (T & B) PMID-1547487
  • MCA = carcinogen methylcholanthrene
  • review of immunoediting PMID-17063185
  • Regulation of MHC class II - MHC class II expression can be induced in any cell by interferon-gamma via CIITA.
  • Interferon-alpha: All type I IFNs bind to a specific cell surface receptor complex known as the IFN-α receptor (IFNAR) that consists of IFNAR1 and IFNAR2 chains.
    • there are a great many interferon type 1, many of them (so far characterized) are alpha