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Presentation by Martin Etzrodt, Akasha Foundation - Collaborative Research


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Tackling the healthcare innovation chasm at its very root is the mission pursued by Martin Etzrodt from Akasha foundation. His big idea is to rethink science by changing the way knowledge is produced, through a decentralized platform incentivising sharing and collaboration.

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Presentation by Martin Etzrodt, Akasha Foundation - Collaborative Research

  1. 1. Collaborative Research doi:10.5281/zenodo.2605699 WWW.AKASHA.ORG Martin Etzrodt, PhD AKASHA Foundation @AkashaProject
  2. 2. “The best-known analyses, from psychology and cancer biology, found reproducibility rates of around 40% and 10%, respectively.” Nature, News Feature (25 May 2016) Waste in research
  3. 3. “85% of health research is wasted”
  4. 4. But… - We need to change the incentives (publish or perish): Judge scientist by their impact in a field, for society, through their mentorship. - We need less output. How? - Eliminate outdated ways of communication & useless competition. It is OK to be wrong!
  5. 5. How we communicate - Artificially restrict the number of permitted articles per issue/ unit of time despite no actual restrictions (print) exist anymore. - Turn an anti-rival good into a rival good (both for OA & CA, just differently) - Collect and redistribute scientific literature - Act as a notary permitting the attribution of a scientists work - Filter mechanisms: editor & peer-reviews (a “curated list”) Scientific journals… Reference: Martin Etzrodt, CC BY 4.0 Martin Etzrodt & AKASHA Foundation 2019
  6. 6. Peer review is outdated (and does not work): It is wasted time leading to learning more and more about less and less. Robert Hooke & Robert Boyle: Experiments under witnesses The Lancet introduced peer-review only in 1976! Today we have the Web, allowing us to openly deliberate, take risks and cooperate through open discourse!
  7. 7. The Web… what if…? - a system for “manipulating” […] information (context: hyperlinks) - a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve […]. The method of storage must not place its own restraints on the information. Tim Berners Lee 1989
  8. 8. ID1 ID2 ID3 ID4 ID5 Today Tomorrow Self-sovereign ID, control of storage & censorship resistant & independently verifiable Federated ID, no control over data, attribution, censorable, 3rd party dependent! The distributed web CC BY 4.0 Martin Etzrodt & AKASHA Foundation 2019
  9. 9. Create mechanisms that enhance open, cooperative & iterative interaction.
  10. 10. • Take the initiative! • Co-operate and don’t hold back on one another. • Don’t try to gain at the expense of another. • Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. 1969 2019 Will “The Blockchain” help fix us? Solution or hype?