Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Wired News, The UK Guardian, Make Magazine, Seed, and more. She covers copyright, robotics, intellectual property, body modification, and other shiny things. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter, and a number of teapots.

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Etech Liveblogging: Lessons from China for the World, Rebecca MacKinnon (Global Voices)

March 12 2009

Rebecca explains the current viral anti-censorship protest video: The song of the grass mud horse. (In this case an alpaca) It features videos of alpacas while child sing about the grass mud horse, but the difference in tones between "Grass mud horse" and "Fuck your mother" is just a subtle… read more

Etech liveblogging: Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People (Tony Jebara)

March 12 2009

(Tony is from Sense Networks, and also a prof at Columbia University in comp sci) Starting out with what we have now: Online data isn't disconnected documents, but a network, with links between docs and the key information is the links. Folks like Google have obviously exploited that network technology.… read more

Etech session liveblogging: Mr Hacker Goes to Washington (Greg Elin of Sunlight Foundation)

March 11 2009

(Came in a few minutes late) Greg was a firehose, forgive my errors and omissions. DC is like a university with a really massive ROTC program. If the internet is ethernet, congress is token ring. One person speaks at a time, for instance. Once Greg saw more than 10 minutes… read more

Etech Session Liveblogging: Real Hackers Program DNA (Ginko Bioworks)

March 10 2009

GB is "Making the process of engineering biology easier." Synth bio is the idea that biology is a technology to engineer novel systems- say drugs, biofuels, other sexy sexy projects. This is to be a flavor of what engineering biology is all about. We will be installing a program into… read more

Synthetic Biology: The conclusion of the very beginning

February 05 2008

Note: This ends Quinn Norton's five-part series on Drew Endy and synthetic biology. The earlier installments are Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask, The dummy's guide to engineering genes, Play God for... read more

Managing the unimaginable future

February 04 2008

Note: This is the fourth of Quinn Norton's five-part series on Drew Endy and synthetic biology. The earlier installments are Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask, The dummy's guide to engineering genes,... read more

The dummy's guide to engineering genes

February 02 2008

Note: Yesterday we began Quinn Norton's five-part series on Drew Endy and synthetic biology with "Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask." Photo courtesy of Mike & Amanda Knowles, via flickr. Dr. Drew... read more

Play God for fun and profit (mostly fun)

February 01 2008

Note: This is the third of Quinn Norton's five-part series on Drew Endy and synthetic biology. The earlier installments are Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask and The dummy's guide to engineering... read more

The dummy's guide to engineering genes

January 31 2008

Note: Yesterday we began Quinn Norton's five-part series on Drew Endy and synthetic biology with "Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask." Photo courtesy of Mike & Amanda Knowles, via flickr. Dr. Drew... read more

Everything you needed to know about human-created life forms but were afraid to ask

January 30 2008

One of the great pleasures of being involved with O'Reilly Media is learning from the many fascinating people who get involved with the company on one level or another. They're Friends of O'Reilly, or Foos. We have occasional get-togethers with... read more

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