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That is a second part of corrections to The Verge article on Sci-Hub, that will be devoted to the conflict with the Dynasty foundation.

In May 2015, as part of a sweeping effort to insulate Russia from foreign influence, the Kremlin labeled Russia’s only private funder and popularizer of scientific research, the Dynasty Foundation, a “foreign agent.” Unlike much of the scientific community, Elbakyan was happy about change.

That is not very important, but I would question how it was measured that much of the Russian scientific community was disturbed by this change? Simply the fact that someone said that cannot be considered to be statistically significant result. From what I can say, many researchers never heard about the Dynasty foundation. Even with Sci-Hub, some users only learnt about the website in 2017.

It was effectively a think tank that assisted education initiatives that taught modern political science from a liberal perspective in Russian schools — including Elbakyan’s. This is ostensibly what qualified as “political activity.”

I attended the lectures, and from my point of view, they were political propaganda, not academic lectures. On the very first lecture, the professor said: those who support Putin has lower IQ than those who oppose him. I got very interested, and with honest curiosity asked after the lecture where I can lookup the statistics. The professor replied: I just made it up! Happened this today, I wouldn’t be surprised, but in 2012 I was very disturbed by such answer. The professor left to Washington to watch elections after reading a few lectures.

What I especially found nasty about Dynasty and its followers is the fact that they were trying to misrepresent political activity as pure academic research. Read the rest of this entry »

It took quite a time to proof-read that very long The Verge article about Sci-Hub, Open Access and about me as a Sci-Hub founder. Contrary to some opinions, the piece is not at all comprehensive and is omitting many important Sci-Hub ideas. The article is a result of a long Skype interview in Russian language back in December 2017. There are quite a bunch of mistakes and misrepresentations that I feel neccessary to adress. Since the article is long, I will split the corrections in three parts. Read the rest of this entry »

A few weeks ago I’ve been interviewed for H+ Magazine on my project of re-engineering human consciousness with new technologies such as brain-machine interfaces, and I attach the most interesting points from the interview here. Shortly about the project:  to develop such brain-machine interface that will enable us to actually feel what is going on inside the machine, and even become aware of what is going on inside the minds of other connected people. It turns out, however, that there is much more usefulness into this project than just the potential to spy into others’ minds (don’t take me wrong – it can actually help us understand each other better!) – there is also potential for increase in our lifespan up to the immortality, and for increase in our level of spiritual freedom. If you’re interested how – read points #06 and #07. There is also discussion of the most relevant research that will provide a decent base for implementing the project – #02 and #08, and lot of other interesting stuff 🙂

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Francois VialatteFrancois Vialatte is a researcher at Brain Science Institute RIKEN. He works on deciphering brain signals for creating better Brain-Computer interfaces and tools that can diagnose Alzheimer’s at early stages.  Learn more about his research.

On this interview BCI researcher Francois Vialatte answers some unpleasant questions surrounding BCI research, such as does BCI really has its future? Also we discuss current problems with publicity of science, potential hypnotic effects of BCI and possibility of entering altered state of mind while playing BCI games.

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