Sunday, August 12, 2018

Arundo donax (giant reed): Virtual Genetic Replication by Virtual Species' Avatar Bots?, How would this work in a #RealisticVirtualEarth(think Google Street View with TIME SLIDER+), Stanford University's Nick Ouellette - "Flocks and Swarms: An Engineer's Perspective on Collective Behavior" talk - into a 3D realistic virtual earth?, Film-to-3D and actual-virtual questions, Harvard - “Being able to record cells continuously over time is a huge milestone in developmental biology"

Dear Sandy,

Very nice to meet you yesterday, and thanks for your helpful introductions in some recent Stanford talks. To give you an idea of some of the areas I'm interested in, I'm posting below an email I just sent to Nick Ouellette. And here you'll find some emails - - to visiting Fulbright scholar Dalila Loudyi (whom you also introduced) also about building a realistic virtual earth, for engineering, and especially re Casablanca, Morocco, water resource questions.

In your water resources' interests, where you do you head with modeling, if at all?

Very nice to talk a bit with you yesterday after Nick's talk. (My brother and grandfather are both called Sandy). And thanks.


Dear Nick,

Thanks for your excellent "Flocks and Swarms: An Engineer's Perspective on Collective Behavior" talk yesterday - I hope to come into further conversation with it in a number of ways with time.

In line with my brief Film-to-3D and actual-virtual questions afterward, I'm curious who comes to mind for you at Stanford who might be asking similar animal behavior questions to yours in your talk, but from beginning with, for example, videos of swarm and flock behavior - "to understand the physical principles that govern the spontaneous emergence of low-dimensional structure in high-dimensional systems and to harness this self-organization for engineering applications" - and converting these into avatar bots of virtual species and virtual individual organisms? Furthermore, how would such digital coding work, and especially in building out a realistic virtual earth - think Google Street View with time slider / Maps / Earth / Brain etc. - and at the cellular and atomic levels too - re flocking and swarming? (See, too - and

I just had blogged about animal behavior (but not flocking or swarming) shortly before your talk - - from the perspective of creating virtual lab animals - e.g. pigeons, rodents, dogs, primates, drosophila - for actual experimentation eventually (and thinking of seeking to make BF Skinner's experiments doable in new ways in a realistic virtual earth, by starting with films of his experiments), and conceptually out of Google Poly and related developing Google ecosystem, including TensorFlow. To inquire further along these lines re your talk, in what ways could we go from videos of the insect species you work with - or individual drosophila species - to avatar bots of these (potentially building out of Google Poly, for ex.) - in such a way that they could swarm, as well as even mate, and pass on their virtual genes?

(Did you go to Swarthmore / teach as a post-doc at Haverford partly because you were involved with Quakers before these places? I've been active in about 10 Friends' Meetings, some even online, albeit I'm non-theistically Friendly-inclined these days, - and CC-4 MIT OCW-centric (in its 5 languages) wiki World University and School itself, of which I'm the founder is a bit Friendly-informed - and planned in ~200 countries' official and main languages for online Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, M.D. and I.B. high school - as well as wiki schools in all 7,097 living languages; the above said realistic virtual earth at cell and atomic levels would be both STEM field sites for researchers, as well as classrooms - per my actual-virtual Harbin Hot Springs' ethnographic project -

Thanks for your brilliant talk, and very nice to meet you.

Best regards, Scott

- Scott MacLeod - Founder, President & Professor

- World University and School

- 415 480 4577

- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization.


“Being able to record cells continuously over time is a huge milestone in developmental biology"


So much potential for #RealisticVirtualEarth (think Google Street View with TIME SLIDER+): “Being able to record cells continuously over time is a huge milestone in developmental biology" … In what ways could this inform Species' Virtual Genetic Replication?

genetic replication in crispr-cas9 & google VR
"Viruses work by taking over a cell, using its machinery to replicate until it"
Virtual Reality Adventures in CRISPR Gene Editing ~


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