Posts by Gaia Dempsey

Thought Experiment: A Shared Power Simulator

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin Fiction is a laboratory where experiments can take place. For example, the stakeholders involved in the experiment of a play are the playwright, the actors, and the audience. The playwright uses her imagination to conjure up scenarios that reveal the hidden structure of our belief systems, and put our

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Press Release: Choctaw Tribe Prepares to ‘Hack the Future’

Laying the Groundwork for a New Innovation Ecosystem on the Choctaw Reservation On July 13-15, 2018, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, in collaboration with California-based innovation firm 7th Future, will present Hack the Future: Between Earth & Sky, the first-ever Hackathon on the Choctaw Indian Reservation and in the region. Hack the Future will bring together a hundred participants ages 16-26 for a long weekend of immersive learning and friendly competition, offering talks

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An Introduction to Light-Assisted Bioprinting: Writing The Body With Light

Imagine having the power to communicate directly with cells, commanding a vat of cellular liquid to form an intricate biological construct. While this seems like an ideal mechanism for ordering a hot meal à la Star Trek replicator, it turns out this is being done today by a number of research labs around the world, thanks to a bioprinting technique that relies on light to control the formation of biomaterial structures. 2016

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Advances in Biofabrication: 3D Printing Stem Cells

Bioprinting is one of the most exciting areas of research and development in the realm of biotechnology because of its potential for major impact in the field of medicine. Stem cells have been a key target of recent advances in 3D bioprinting, and one I’ve been particularly interested in watching because of their applicability to a broad range of problems. Stem cells have myriad applications in regenerative medicine, tissue replacement,

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Augmented Reality And The Science Fiction Future Of Work

The “Pokemon Go” phenomenon that swept the globe in 2016 gave millions of consumers their first taste of augmented reality. In 2017, augmented reality developer platforms including Apple’s ARKit, Google’s ARCore, Amazon’s Sumerian and Facebook’s AR Studio all launched, signaling a belief amongst major tech giants that AR holds significant value for a consumer technology ecosystem focused on gaming, special effects, social interactions, and shopping. These new platforms give developers and

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