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TEDxObserver - Rick Falkvinge - The Pirate Party - the politics of protest

n 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software entrepreneur, founded a new political party centred around the subjects of file sharing, copyright and patents. He called it the Pirate Party and it rose to prominence after a government crackdown on the file-sharing site, the Pirate Bay. Since then, the Pirate Party has swept Europe and beyond to become an international political movement, active in 40 different countries with representation in the European parliament.
In Sweden, it's the largest party for voters under the age of 30 with 25% of the vote, and in September 2011, the German Pirate Party won an unprecedented 8.9 per cent of the vote and now has several members in the Berlin state parliament. Focused on the subjects of government transparency, internet privacy and copyright law, the Pirate Party hosts Wikileaks on its servers and uses new technology to leverage political power in new and interesting ways. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine called Falkvinge one of the top 100 global thinkers.

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Thinking Cities, Networked Society - Ericsson

The documentary 'Thinking Cities' deals with one of the most dramatic societal trends happening today: urbanization. The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, with roughly 70 percent living in cities. At the same time, Information Communications Technology (ICT) is extending its reach.

These parallel trends are intersecting at a time in which the world faces serious economic, environmental, and social challenges in achieving a more sustainable development. Thinking Cities explores the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in the Networked Society.

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short video - THE SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION by @JasonSilva

This video maps out Kurzweil's SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information... what we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity.

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What does it mean to be a digital native? - CNN.com

What does it mean to be a digital native? - CNN.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The war between natives and immigrants is ending. The natives have won.

It was a bloodless conflict fought not with bullets and spears, but with iPhones and floppy disks. Now the battle between the haves and have-nots can begin.

The post-millennial "digital native," a term coined by U.S. author Marc Prensky in his 2001 study called "On the Horizon," is emerging as the globe's dominant demographic, while the "digital immigrant," becomes a relic of a previous time.

The digital native-immigrant concept describes the generational switchover where people are defined by the technological culture which they're familiar with.

Prensky defines digital natives as those born into an innate "new culture" while the digital immigrants are old-world settlers, who have lived in the analogue age and immigrated to the digital world.

Although not Luddites, the immigrants struggle more than natives to adapt to hi-tech progress.

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TEDxZurich: Who Controls The World - OlsenBlog's blog - MoneyScience

TEDxZurich: Who Controls The World - OlsenBlog's blog - MoneyScience | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
James B. Glattfelder – a researcher and trading model developer at Olsen Ltd – had the chance to speak at the TEDxZurich.

Decoding Complexity: The Organizing Principles Behind our Economy

It sounds paradoxical, but today it appears that we understand more about the universe than our society. We have created systems that have outgrown our capacity to genuinely understand and control them. Just think about the ongoing financial crisis. But recent advancements in the study of complex systems are able to offer new insights into the workings of many real-world systems.

While our traditional ways of thinking and problem solving have been strongly shaped by the success of the reductionist approach taken in science, the new science of complexity focuses on interconnection and co-dependence. It is a paradigmatic shift away from analyzing the nature of “things” to uncovering and understanding the network of interdependence lying behind and influencing the “things” themselves.

As a prominent example, the first global economic network analysis is discussed, offering a new perspective on some relevant issues. For instance, how unequal and unstable is our economy really? And is this the result of a few puppet masters orchestrating the developments behind the scenes?

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Building Medical Robots, Bacteria sized: Bradley Nelson at TEDxZurich

We learned of the existence of bacteria over 300 years ago and we have far more of them in our bodies than human cells, but it was less than 40 years ago when we first realized how they swim. With the discovery of the rotary motor of E. coli in 1973, a motor just 45 nanometers in diameter, some claimed this incredible mechanism as evidence of God, though it is really just a step along the path of evolution. Now we can actually build nanorobots that swim similar to bacteria like E. coli. We're working to use these to deliver drugs to specific locations in the body. E. coli itself is a kind of robot: it has sensors (chemoreceptors), motors, communication along protein guided pathways, and software (DNA). When we look at a bacterium from this perspective it seems like a machine, even one that we will be hopefully able to duplicate someday. So if bacteria are really just machines then what are we?


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The uBiome Project — Interview with Jessica Richman

The uBiome Project — Interview with Jessica Richman | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

uBiome has launched the world’s first citizen science effort to map the human microbiome. uBiome provides participants with a catalog of their own microbes, detailing the microbial composition of the body and explaining what is known about each genera of microbe. In addition, uBiome compares participants’ microbiomes with scientific studies on the role of the microbiome in health, diet and lifestyle. uBiome also provides personal analysis tools and data viewers so that users can anonymously compare their own data with crowd data as well as with the latest scientific research.We are being incubated by the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Our team consists of myself, a serial entrepreneur and PhD student at Oxford, and Dr. Zachary Apte and Dr. William Ludington, recent PhD graduates from UCSF. We also have an all-star scientific advisory board, including inventor and MacArthur Genius award winner Dr. Joseph DeRisi, Dr. Pablo Valenzuela (biotechnology pioneer and inventor of the recombinant Hepatitis B vaccine), as well as doctors, bioinformaticians, and researchers.

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5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried

5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Two major organizations released climate change reports this month warning of doom and gloom if we stick to our current course and fail to take more aggressive measures. A World Bank report imagines a world 4 degrees warmer, the temperature predicted by century's end barring changes, and says it aims to shock people into action by sharing devastating scenarios of flood, famine, drought and cyclones. Meanwhile, a report from the US National Research Council, commissioned by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies, says the consequences of climate change--rising sea levels, severe flooding, droughts, fires, and insect infestations--pose threats greater than those from terrorism ranging from massive food shortages to a rise in armed conflicts.

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Review of Chris Anderson's Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Review of Chris Anderson's Makers: The New Industrial Revolution | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
These days, when our slow recovery from recession seems like a full-employment program for pessimistic pundits, it's great to have a new book from Chris Anderson, an indefatigable cheerleader for the unlimited potential of the digital economy.
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Growing Together is an innovative urban farm based across multiple sites in West London.

Cultivate London is an innovative urban farm based across multiple sites in West London. We produce a range of premium quality herbs and vegetables as well as potted plants for your home and garden.

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Collective Intelligence | Conversation | Edge

Collective Intelligence | Conversation | Edge | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

THOMAS W. MALONE is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century".

Pretty much everything I'm doing now falls under the broad umbrella that I'd call collective intelligence. What does collective intelligence mean? It's important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I'd define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.

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Eyeo2012 - Manuel Lima on orgenised complexity and network visualization

Network visualization has experienced a meteoric rise in the last decade, bringing together people from various fields and capturing the interest of individuals…...
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Imaging Conflict Resolution | Conversation | Edge

Imaging Conflict Resolution | Conversation | Edge | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

One of the questions I'm asking myself from my work is the question I've always been asking myself: how is it going to be useful? I have an idea for how the kind of work I do could be useful, but I'm not at all sure this is possible, or possible in my lifetime. The idea has a big version and a little version. The big version has to do with self-knowledge and understanding ourselves. The big idea is that neuroscience is a kind of self-knowledge. It's a way of understanding our minds and our behaviors. If we get it right, if we really come to understand our brains, we will understand ourselves, we will be better at predicting our behaviors in contexts and in ways that really matter. In trying to run a society, you need to know how the elements of it would work, just as much as to run a machine you need to know how the physical elements work.

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The future of data, technology and the Internet: Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard #Online12

Thanks to Incisive events for making this available. See more details about the event here: http://www.online-information.co.uk/static/programme-overview
My topic was this: everybody is talking about 'data is the new oil' aka big-data. SoLoMo (social local mobile) is the battle cry of the day. Human-machine interfaces are rapidly evolving and may quickly become commonplace (think Google Glasses, MSFT Kinect), artificial intelligence is the geek-phrase-of-the-day, and Kurzweil says the singularity is near/here. So how will our world really change in the next 5 years, i.e. the way we communicate, get information, create, buy and sell, travel, live and learn? What are the biggest threats and the hottest opportunities - not just in financial terms, but also in societal and human terms? Futurist Gerd Leonhard will share his foresights and explore the key 'networked society' scenarios"

Here is the PDF with my slides: http://gerd.fm/TMDULT

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TEDxCMU -- Luis von Ahn -- Duolingo: The Next Chapter in Human Computation

Luis von Ahn, the man who brought the world CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA unveiled his newest and most innovative project to date: Duolingo. How can you translate the entire internet and do it for free? Duolingo will be a revolutionary product in which millions of internet users from around the world will work together to translate the internet and learn a new language at the same time. All for free.

Luis von Ahn is the A. Nico Habermann Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He builds systems that combine humans and computers to solve large-scale problems that neither can solve alone.

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Mary Meeker releases stunning data on the state of the Internet

Mary Meeker releases stunning data on the state of the Internet | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Mary Meeker's huge, well-researched slideshows are a treasure trove of data on the state of the Internet. Here's her latest, with highlights called out by VentureBeat.
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“Antifragile” Is the New Buzzword You’ll Be Hearing

“Antifragile” Is the New Buzzword You’ll Be Hearing | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Can we exploit the fact that life is unpredictable, chaotic, full of shocks and disasters? Trader-turned-scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb is based at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the University of Oxford.
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Is the rise of Collaborative Consumption the end of Retail? - Forbes

Is the rise of Collaborative Consumption the end of Retail? - Forbes | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Being willing to share is not only good, it’s also profitable. The Internet revolution has done more than just break down market barriers; it's built a deeply connected society where everyone and everything is discoverable.
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Chris Anderson: WIRED to Inspire a New Generation | Ann-Tran

Chris Anderson: WIRED to Inspire a New Generation | Ann-Tran | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

I recently had the pleasure of attending the latest WIRED + Marriott Culturazzi series event in San Francisco. The creators of this series have a goal of artistically and intellectually inspiring #Culturazzi guests as its theme.

Inspiring the Wired Generation

The brilliant and charming WIRED magazine Editor-In-Chief, Chris Anderson, hosted a presentation followed by a discussion about his new book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution and the Maker Revolution that inspired it. I had the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about this revolution and how it relates to social media and travel.

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TEDxYouth@Castilleja - MARK HATCH

Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop and is a former Green Beret. TechShop is an exciting platform focused on radically democratizing access to the tools, information, resources and community needed to design and innovate. TechShop is crushing barriers and building new and exciting pathways for the creative class to do what it does best... invent. Featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Inc., Forbes and numerous other publications, TechShop currently operates in Menlo Park, CA and Raleigh, NC, San Francisco, San Jose and has plans for a many new locations including an open innovation exchange in Detroit through a recently announced collaboration with the Ford Motor Company. A leader in the Maker and Open Innovation movements, Mark has held executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship at large and small firms including Avery Dennison, Kinko's and Health Net. He holds an M.B.A. from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.

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A free and open world depends on a free and open web. | Google

A free and open world depends on a free and open web. | Google | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.
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Futurist Thomas Frey: Walking backwards into the future

Futurist Thomas Frey shares some of his predictions for what may lie ahead for humankind.
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Great Big Ideas Lectures - Floating University

Great Big Ideas Lectures - Floating University | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Great Big Ideas Lectures

The Floating University's first course, Great Big Ideas, is composed of 12 professionally produced video lectures ranging from 40-60 minutes in length. Below is a listing of every subject covered by Great Big Ideas, presented in the order suggested by the syllabus. You can take in the material in the same progression as students at Harvard, Yale, and Bard, or skip around to best suit your interests. Click on a lecture title to jump to the full video, accompanied by supplementary materials prepared by experts to get the most out of every lecture.

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BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Alternative Economic Cultures

BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Alternative Economic Cultures | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Paul Mason interviews renowned sociologist Prof Manuel Castells about the rise of alternative economic cultures since the financial crisis. Recorded in front of an audience at the London School of Economics on Monday 8th October.

The financial crisis which has unfolded since 2008 marks more than an economic downturn, according to Prof Castells. The problems which caused the crisis are so deep rooted that they have provoked a profound reassessment of our economic beliefs and institutions. They have also given rise to social movements such as Occupy and alternative economic cultures opposed to financial capitalism. These ideas are explored in "Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis", a book edited by Prof Castells.

Manuel Castells is Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in Barcelona. He is also University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Paul Mason is the Economics Editor of BBC 2's Newsnight programme. His books include Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed; and Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.

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3D Printing: now printing food too

3D printing is an innovative manufacturing process whereby an object is built up, layer by layer, from a 3D computer design, using for example, printing tech...
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