G’DAY WORLD #258 – Professor Michael Georgeff on e-Health

Professor Michael Georgeff is the Director of the e-Health research unit at Monash University. He has over 25 years experience in software innovation and bringing these technologies to market. In the 1980s, Georgeff was Program Director in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute). He was also a member of Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information, a select group of researchers exploring the frontiers of human and machine cognition. During this period, he and his team created one of the first implementations of an intelligent software agent, using it to help control NASA´s space shuttle during space missions.

I chatted with him recently about the state of e-Health in Australia and about some of the challenges and opportunities in the area. For the last few years he has been working on “Health Web”, an online resource to bring healthcare providers, agencies and patients into one giant online research clinic.

Michael Georgeff

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Why do you Twitter?

If you aren’t on Twitter yet, you are probably wondering what it’s all about. It’s kind of like a steady feed of… stuff. Stream of consciousness from your friends. What they are doing, thinking about, reading, watching, etc. Here’s my last couple of days of twitters e.g. the things I’ve written. Inane? Or addictive? I guess that depends on your state of mind. In a way, it’s a kind of constant background conversation between your friends that all of you can see and participate in. Like most things internet, I guess it is what you make of it. If you and your friends write about what you had for lunch, so be it. Or you can write about the current news. Or ideas. It’s like that old quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

You can me to your Twitter friends list by going to my profile and clicking “add” in the sidebar.

My recent twittering:

I remember when the sweetest sound in the world was a modem actually connecting to my ISP and not giving me a busy signal less than 20 seconds ago from web
watching the “Mac or PC” Rap Music Video http://youtube.com/watch?v=… 1 minute ago from web
@Scobleizer Consider yourself lucky to be in a country that will actually see the iPhone before 2008! about 1 hour ago from web in reply to Scobleizer
MODM #3 is July 5. Hope to see Melburnites there. Register: http://tinyurl.com/23of3r about 2 hours ago from web
@mspecht you moved hosting providers? about 3 hours ago from web in reply to mspecht
discussing napoleon’s invasion of russia with j. david markham, my co-host on the napoleon podcast napoleon.thepodcastnetwork.com about 4 hours ago from web
recording new episode of the Napoleon podcast – today we take 500,000 soldiers deep into Russia. Doh! about 5 hours ago from web
@leslienassar interesting article, i admire her views on iraq and US politics, but she’s a catholic, the very opposite of “progressive” about 5 hours ago from web in reply to leslienassar
@leslienassar can anyone who believes in a supernatural magic ghost being really be considered “progressive” ? about 5 hours ago from web in reply to leslienassar
@leslienassar all xns believe the same bronze age mythology as the nutjob. about 6 hours ago from web in reply to leslienassar
my thoughts – http://tinyurl.com/28xhjs about 9 hours ago from web
not enough – 4 out of 5 adults in an educated, intelligent society, still believe that mythological, supernatural beings govern the universe about 9 hours ago from web
Australian census data – the number of people having “no religion” jumped from 15.5% of the population (2001) to 18.7% (2006) about 9 hours ago from web
watching Christian pastor who wishes 33,000 were killed at Virginia Tech http://view.break.com/291886 about 9 hours ago from web
@bronwen – I always ask them – how does their economic model stand up against 100,000,000 new media choices? How can they stop the bleeding? about 16 hours ago from web in reply to bronwen
@delic8genius Billy Walsh is da man! Along with Michael Bay! about 17 hours ago from web in reply to delic8genius
G’DAY WORLD #257 – MY TRANSFORMERS REVIEW! http://tinyurl.com/2fccq7 about 17 hours ago from web
@cait dunno but I’m going again tomorrow! twice! about 18 hours ago from web in reply to cait
JUST SAW TRANSFORMERS!!!!! GREATEST MOVIE SINCE MATRIX 1!!!! 5 STARS!!!! about 19 hours ago from mobile web
G’DAY WORLD #256 – Brian Goldfarb, Silverlight http://tinyurl.com/2yyznt about 23 hours ago from web
just booked a photo shoot for Saturday arvo. This is for the Anthill story. about 23 hours ago from web
oooh my gdayworld custom laptop skin from http://www.tekskin.com.au/ is in the mail! about 23 hours ago from web
just picked up my kids from school. making them dinner. then going out to see TRANSFORMERS! Hope it doesn’t completely suck. Michael Bay. 🙁 about 23 hours ago from web
@mspecht forget about synching! just dump outlook’s sorry ass and join the gcal revolution compadre. 04:17 PM June 27, 2007 from web in reply to mspecht
@duncanriley I *am* on Twitter you goose! Where you been? 04:16 PM June 27, 2007 from web in reply to duncanriley
@mspecht using google calendar is the solution, not plaxo! 03:51 PM June 27, 2007 from web in reply to mspecht
recording interview with michael georgeff for gdayworld.com 03:22 PM June 27, 2007 from web
got free tickets to see TRANSFORMERS preview screening tonight! thanks to my friends at Paramount! 02:53 PM June 27, 2007 from web
@mollyfud christian – they only talk to you when they want something for free 02:51 PM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to mollyfud
@mollyfud the 10 mins comes from not having to edit down from wav files which I’ve been doing for the last few months 02:45 PM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to mollyfud
@mollyfud yes i do but only for TPN hosts. 02:45 PM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to mollyfud
@mollyfud stopped using skylook as callburner is the same product without requiring Outlook. 02:37 PM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to mollyfud
prepping for interview this afternoon with Michael Georgeff http://www.theage.com.au/ar… 02:12 PM June 27, 2007 from web
just got callburner working properly! thank darwin. that’ll cut 10 minutes off my post-production time per show! 02:10 PM June 27, 2007 from web
back at the office. Father Bob was in a shitty mood. 01:55 PM June 27, 2007 from im
about to catch up with australia’s oldest podcaster, father bob maguire 12:26 PM June 27, 2007 from mobile web
heading out to meetings for the next few hours 10:57 AM June 27, 2007 from im
listening to Hilltop Hoods “The Calling” 10:22 AM June 27, 2007 from im
@delic8genius – lets hug it out bitch 10:14 AM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to delic8genius
@cait – school holidays! 10:01 AM June 27, 2007 from im in reply to cait

Christian pastor: “We Wish 33,000 Killed at Virginia Tech”

I had a big debate with Kordahi over dinner the other night about whether or not I was wasting my time with the religion v science discussion.

One of the points I made was that the “live and let live” motto that atheists have pursued over the last couple of hundred years hasn’t worked. The religious right around the world are fighting for control of our political and education systems. In supposedly “civilized” countries such as Australia, the USA and the UK, we have witnessed the rise of the Christian right political parties. They are well-funded, well-organized, vocal and forceful. They are trying to reverse the intellectual and social freedoms that were hard won by rational thinkers over the last 2000 years. And if we don’t check their rise, if we don’t prevent them from taking power, I fear that we will wake up one day to discover that we have lost those freedoms we take for granted. We will wake up in a world where believing in bronze age mythologies is deemed not only acceptable, but mandatory. I don’t want my kids to live in a country where irrational thinking is considered equal or even superior to rational thinking. The thing I think most of you forget is that for the majority of human history, that’s how it was! Anyone, like Galileo, who used evidence and rational thinking that contradicted the beliefs of the religious, could be threatened with execution. Let us not forget the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Cathars. Let us not forget the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

Let us not forget that the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution (Article I, Section 4) last amended on September 13, 2003 states that an official may be “excluded from holding office” if he/she does not “acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being”. Let us not forget that North Carolina’s Constitution, Article 6 Sec. 8 states “Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God….”. Let us not forget that Tennessee’s Bill of Rights: Article 9, Section 2: “No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.” Let us not forget that in the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign, George H. W. Bush said, “I don’t know that atheists should be regarded as citizens, nor should they be regarded as patriotic. This is one nation under God.” (source)

The good news this week in Australia was the most recent census data, which shows that the number of people classifying themselves as having “no religion” has jumped from 15.5% of the population (2001) to 18.7% (2006). (source)
It is still a frighteningly small percentage of the population (4 out of 5 adults in an educated, intelligent society, still believe that mythological, supernatural beings govern the universe), but at least it is slowly growing.

Now – for my detractors who say “you’ll never change people’s minds”, think about this – the 2.2% of the population who considered themselves religious in 2001 but no longer do – haven’t they changed their minds? Unless, of course, they are all new adults who happen to be less delusional than their parents…

And now for the video that demonstrates why Christians should be feared:

http://embed.break.com/MjkxODg2
http://view.break.com/291886 – Watch more free videos

Remember – even the warm, fuzzy Christians who don’t advocate violence, believe in the same gods this guy does. They believe in the same bible. They believe the same mythology.

G’DAY WORLD #257 – MY TRANSFORMERS REVIEW!

Tonight, my lil sister Anita and I went to see the first ever anywhere in the world public screening (well at least that’s what we were told) of the new TRANSFORMERS movie! Here is our review.

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G’DAY WORLD #256 – Brian Goldfarb, Silverlight

At Microsoft’s remix event in Melbourne yesterday I caught up with Brian Goldfarb, Group Product manager, UX Platform and Tools Strategy, Microsoft Corp. Brian’s group is responsible for Silverlight , their new product for developing rich content delivered through a browser, and Popfly, their Yahoo Pipes-like mashup creator.

Silverlight logo

To check out the “Top Banana” demo that I was so blown-away by, go to the Silverlight site and click on “Silverlight In Action”.

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Cam’s World 26 June, 2007

Half the time I try to open a Microsoft Word attachment in my email (which is Gmail through the browser) I get this error message:

Word fails

Windows doesn’t seem to know that Word is the application to open a .doc. Anyone else seen this? Damn annoying!

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If you want to know what carbon trading is all about, listen to The Cleantech Show #007: Understanding Carbon Offsets – Interview with Jeff Angel, Total Environment Centre. It’s an excellent overview. Well done Nick!

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