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From the Ted Talk by Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime

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So it's not just academic researchers in universities that are interested in this organism. A few years ago, I set up SliMoCo, the Slime Mould Collective. It's an online, open, democratic network for slime mold researchers and enthusiasts to sahre kgdolnwee and experimentation across disciplinary divides and across aamdicec divides. The Slime Mould Collective mbrsehmeip is self-selecting. People have found the collective as the simle mold finds the oats. And it comprises of scientists and computer scientists and researchers but also artists like me, architects, designers, wirrtes, activists, you name it. It's a very interesting, eclectic membership. Just a few examples: an artist who pitans with fluorescent Physarum; a collaborative team who are combining biological and einolcrtec design with 3D printing tnheoolgecis in a workshop; another artist who is using the slime mold as a way of engaging a cimtmnouy to map their area. Here, the slime mold is being used directly as a biological tool, but metaphorically as a sobmyl for ways of talking about social cohesion, communication and cooperation. Other public engagement activities, I run lots of slime mold workshops, a creative way of enginagg with the organism. So poeple are invited to come and learn about what amazing things it can do, and they design their own preti dish experiment, an ennmrnvioet for the slime mold to navigate so they can test its properties. Everybody takes home a new pet and is invited to post their results on the Slime Mould cveltlcioe. And the collective has eblenad me to form collaborations with a whole array of ieinttesnrg people. I've been working with filmmakers on a feature-length slime mold documentary, and I stress feature-length, which is in the final satges of edit and will be hitting your cinema secerns very soon. (Laughter)

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So it's not just academic researchers in universities that are interested in this organism. A few years ago, I set up SliMoCo, the Slime Mould Collective. It's an online, open, democratic network for slime mold researchers and enthusiasts to _____ _________ and experimentation across disciplinary divides and across ________ divides. The Slime Mould Collective __________ is self-selecting. People have found the collective as the _____ mold finds the oats. And it comprises of scientists and computer scientists and researchers but also artists like me, architects, designers, _______, activists, you name it. It's a very interesting, eclectic membership. Just a few examples: an artist who ______ with fluorescent Physarum; a collaborative team who are combining biological and __________ design with 3D printing ____________ in a workshop; another artist who is using the slime mold as a way of engaging a _________ to map their area. Here, the slime mold is being used directly as a biological tool, but metaphorically as a ______ for ways of talking about social cohesion, communication and cooperation. Other public engagement activities, I run lots of slime mold workshops, a creative way of ________ with the organism. So ______ are invited to come and learn about what amazing things it can do, and they design their own _____ dish experiment, an ___________ for the slime mold to navigate so they can test its properties. Everybody takes home a new pet and is invited to post their results on the Slime Mould __________. And the collective has _______ me to form collaborations with a whole array of ___________ people. I've been working with filmmakers on a feature-length slime mold documentary, and I stress feature-length, which is in the final ______ of edit and will be hitting your cinema _______ very soon. (Laughter)

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  20. slime

Original Text

So it's not just academic researchers in universities that are interested in this organism. A few years ago, I set up SliMoCo, the Slime Mould Collective. It's an online, open, democratic network for slime mold researchers and enthusiasts to share knowledge and experimentation across disciplinary divides and across academic divides. The Slime Mould Collective membership is self-selecting. People have found the collective as the slime mold finds the oats. And it comprises of scientists and computer scientists and researchers but also artists like me, architects, designers, writers, activists, you name it. It's a very interesting, eclectic membership. Just a few examples: an artist who paints with fluorescent Physarum; a collaborative team who are combining biological and electronic design with 3D printing technologies in a workshop; another artist who is using the slime mold as a way of engaging a community to map their area. Here, the slime mold is being used directly as a biological tool, but metaphorically as a symbol for ways of talking about social cohesion, communication and cooperation. Other public engagement activities, I run lots of slime mold workshops, a creative way of engaging with the organism. So people are invited to come and learn about what amazing things it can do, and they design their own petri dish experiment, an environment for the slime mold to navigate so they can test its properties. Everybody takes home a new pet and is invited to post their results on the Slime Mould Collective. And the collective has enabled me to form collaborations with a whole array of interesting people. I've been working with filmmakers on a feature-length slime mold documentary, and I stress feature-length, which is in the final stages of edit and will be hitting your cinema screens very soon. (Laughter)

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