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MIT Announces Top 35 Innovators Under 35 60

nursegirl writes "MIT's Technology Review has posted their top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for 2006. The 2006 Young Innovator is Joshua Schachter, of del.icio.us fame. The 2006 Young Humanitarian is Christina Galitsky from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Galitsky has done various projects related to energy efficiency, from introducing energy efficient practices to wineries, to helping bring stoves that use less wood to Sudanese refugees, to working on cheap ways to filter arsenic from wells in Bangladesh. Technology Review has also published a related article, titled 10 Ways To Think about Innovation."
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MIT Announces Top 35 Innovators Under 35

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  • The winner (Score:5, Funny)

    by Realistic_Dragon ( 655151 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @02:41AM (#16070727) Homepage
    Is actually 300, but since his innovation was a fountain of youth an exception was made.
  • Interesting Indeed (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Iron (III) Chloride ( 922186 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @02:44AM (#16070731)
    I was particularly interested in the E. coli pictoral representation as well as the cheap way to sequence bacterial genomes. I think awards like these are obviously good to encourage interesting new developments among what seems to be mainly grad students ... they don't have to wait until they adopt a "career" to do something useful and important.
  • Why am I not surprised to him on this list? =)
  • by antifoidulus ( 807088 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @02:58AM (#16070755) Homepage Journal
    Now I feel even worse about my excessive laziness and unwillingness to do anything that even requires the minimum expenditure of energy. Thanks a lot you jerks!
  • news flash: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by macadamia_harold ( 947445 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @03:49AM (#16070820) Homepage
    Technology Review has also published a related article, titled 10 Ways To Think about Innovation.

    Yeah, well here's a news flash: Corporate America views innovation only as that which can be converted into profit.
    • Current Corporate America views innovation only as that which can be converted into profit.

      I confess: I modified the parent's comment by putting my added word in bold and putting it in front.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by QuantumFTL ( 197300 ) *
      Yeah, well here's a news flash: Corporate America views innovation only as that which can be converted into profit.

      I'm not sure that level of cynicism is exactly warrented... I mean strictly speaking, that's essentially correct, however I would add that corporations have also (at least, historically) viewed things that had potential to be monetarized as innovative and important.

      Indeed many (if not all) innovations which are undertaken to serve the profit motive are extremely beneficial to individuals
      • After all, if it's not impacting the economy, directly or indirectly, how is it impacting people's lives?

        Well, that's exactly the crux of the capitalist worldview. So my question to you is, does something necessarily have to impact the economy in order to impact people's lives? (aside from after-the-fact merchandising, of course)
      • by Znork ( 31774 )
        "(though sometimes difficult to measure)"

        Even worse, the best kinds of inventions can easily have a negative economic impact as measured by GDP, as they often simplify or make production of things more efficient, thus resulting in fewer jobs and lowering prices on those goods. Take a look at something like Linux, consider the implications and impact on the measured economy, and notice the jarring discrepancy between the measurement and the actual increase in (unmeasured) wealth.

        Of course, that only further
        • Yes, GDP is an unfortunate measurement for this type of analysis... I honestly don't know how to quantify the value of something like Linux (especially considering that most stuff done on linux could just as easily be done on BSD, you don't really "need" both [yes that's a complex statement and I'm only approximating the truth here]).

          Are you aware of a better concrete measure?
      • by radtea ( 464814 )
        I would humbly suggest that economic impact (though sometimes difficult to measure) is often a very good way to estimate the importance of an innovation. After all, if it's not impacting the economy, directly or indirectly, how is it impacting people's lives?

        The economic effect of an innovation can only in rare circumstances be used as a proxy for the "importance" of an innovation, especially if "importance" is given environmental and ethical as well as economic connotations.

        The environmental and ethical im
  • by prakslash ( 681585 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @04:21AM (#16070862)
    May be I am missing something but isn't this just a fancy way of doing a One Time Pad [wikipedia.org].

    The only difference being that (a) the key is a digitized random laser signal instead of, say, a random number generator (b) the message is encoded bit-by-bit and sent over a wire in real time instead of being sent to a file.

    To extract the plain message, you need an identical "white-noise" at the receiving end to cancel the original disguising "white-noise" signal. Therefore, this method will suffer from the same disadvantage as an OTP, that is, if - as a security policy - you need to set a different disguising white-noise signal everyday before sending a message, how do you share it with the receiver so that he/she may decode the message.

  • 1) Apostolos Argyris
    2) Manolis Kellis
    3) Nikos Paragios
    4) Paris Smaragdis

    And they all seem to have done their Ba or Ms in Greece. In fact Argyris is doing his research at the university of Athens.
    Very impressive for a small nation of 11 million people.
    • by Gi0 ( 773404 )
      And still tonight's (sad) news here will be something like "Ex-talent show winner sticks his head up his ass.Now thats another talent he has and we didnt know he did!"

      From Greece with love...
      • Oh man, don't even get me started on the news. There are decent channels, NET, MEGA, etc, but Star and Alpha suck ass. I think we're the only nation that apparently cares if women in Athens went to the shops today or if X celebrity broke up with Y. Woo!
  • The cool people know what I'm talking about. Cheers,
  • by rs232 ( 849320 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @07:12AM (#16071096)
    2006 Young Innovators Under 35 ..

    Eddie Kohler
    A better operating system [osdata.com]

    "Asbestos [technologyreview.com] keeps personal data secure by "tagging" it with information about which programs or users can access it .. and Kohler hopes that within a few years, Asbestos will be an alternative to server operating systems such as Linux and Windows."

    "(NSA) worked with Secure Computing Corporation (SCC) to develop [nsa.gov] a strong, flexible mandatory access control architecture based on Type Enforcement, a mechanism first developed for the LOCK system."

    "AppArmor [opensuse.org] security policies, called "profiles", completely define what system resources individual applications can access, and with what privileges."
  • marco...
    marco...
    marco...

    In all seriousness, does anybody have a link to the podcast referenced http://www.technologyreview.com/TR35/Profile.aspx? Cand=T&TRID=428 [technologyreview.com] that's a .wav, or something useable? I'd be curious to hear it.

    BTW, digital musicians might recognize Paris' name from CSound (http://www.csounds.com/ [csounds.com]).

    -yb
  • Roughly counting the number of researchers not based in the states I count something like 5 people. Of course the same goes for the judges, but still I always hoped that science had a somewhat more international community. So much for globalisation. Or could it be that for example europe is not producing many innovators at the moment (except for Greece perhaps).

    I guess I shouldn't start wondering about the gender distribution...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    It seems that Web 2.0 (tagging, folksonomy, etc. etc.) has been endorsed by the selection of the del.icio.us founder as the top innovator. Although I agree that del.icio.us is a really useful site (I use it myself quite a bit), I have a question about the general Web 2.0 philosophy.

    Once user-generated tags start driving revenue on the web (and I'm sure its nearing that stage), what's to stop bots from creating "Web 2.0" spam? Is it going to be as simple as asking users to type in garbled text?
  • Having not RTFA, I assume there is a total lack of representation by any F500 company
  • 5 of indian origin and 4 of greek origin. which means more than 20% from 2 countries. wow.

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