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December 27th, 2016

Science Needs an Upgrade to ‘Open’

For too long, much of our science has been kept behind doors that are both closed and locked. It’s past time to bring openness to science, in much the same way we’re bringing openness to software.

Science needs an upgrade

The Video Screening Room

Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, believes that science needs an upgrade. We need to move from closed to open, from secrecy to transparency — following the open source model.

Hear more about this in this short video clip by Kevin Esvelt, delivered at the Effective Altruism Global 2016 conference.

Here is another talk Esvelt gave on this topic – at the 30th anniversary of MIT’s Media Lab.

Tell young people you know that science needs an upgrade and they need to help build that upgrade, inspired by the principles of open source. The rest of us need to be rolling up our sleeves to get to work on this too.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, Opensource.com and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at pshapiro@his.com.

6 comments to Science Needs an Upgrade to ‘Open’

  • AI_Past

    Yeah, you are right…

    Science needs upgrade to open source science…

    Those physicist look like they need some guidance and canceling … I think science needs to be more like open source science ….

    For God sake are they blind or it is some secret knowledge that is used to …

  • banned_from_opensuse

    Maybe we don’t need science? Trump is all we need, let him decide which science projects are science. Apparently Trumps uncle was a prof at MIT. Clearly this gives Trump automatic rule over all matters scientific.

  • Donald J. Trump

    @banned_from_opensuse: not the worst way. Trump would make reality based decisions, not agenda driven like leftist nutty professors.

  • banned_from_opensuse

    Yeah, he’s gonna make clean coal.

  • Mike

    @Donald J. Trump

    > “Trump would make reality based decisions”


    Trump and reality…two things that will never meet.

  • I kinda love the idea that that’s actually Donald Trump commenting here. Like, dude just searches for comments sections where people are making fun of him, and goes in to argue with them.