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Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence

Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"Let’s focus on the resulting element — the “collective intelligence”. Think about it as billions of human brains working using future super computers as a platform. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Srini Devadas described “collective intelligence” as consisting of two pillars: cloud computing and crowd computing. Cloud computing is using the Internet as a platform and making access to information available to everyone. Crowd computing, according to him, involves the analysis of information into “collective intelligence” far beyond what we have today."


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New Breeds of Cities - Fictional Solutions to Future Problems

New Breeds of Cities - Fictional Solutions to Future Problems | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Vertical development has been embraced by rapidly growing cities, now described as “skyscraper culture.” Faced with a lack of land, cities have even resorted to creating their own man-made islands off their coasts on which to construct more structures. Other cities have started designing Vertical Cities – entire neighborhoods, parks and business housed in a mega skyscraper. And if the current trend of population growth continues, vertical cities and man-made islands may not prove to be enough (or wise). Some designers and planners are turning their sights on a place that covers 70% of the Earth’s surface area, a place that humans have not yet colonized: the sea.

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Treehugger: Is It Really Better To Recycle Paper?

Treehugger: Is It Really Better To Recycle Paper? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
From a greenhouse gas perspective it is clear that recycling paper is the better choice.
From a chemical pollution perspective it is also evident that the process of deinking and peroxide bleaching has a lower impact than virgin pulp production with its mechanical processing, steam, delignification, and bleaching.

Unfortunately both virgin and recycled paper production require a lot of water (virgin paper requires 24,000 gallons per ton and recycled paper requires 12,000 gallons per ton), emphasizing the importance of Reduce and Reuse before Recycle.

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We Get Around: The Sacred Geography of 21st Century Renaissance Civilization : The Renaissance Project: Seers of the Worldwide Renaissance

We Get Around: The Sacred Geography of 21st Century Renaissance Civilization : The Renaissance Project: Seers of the Worldwide Renaissance | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Michael Garfield: "I’m reading Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants and he’s arguing for inevitability as a prime component of the evolutionary process, along with contingency and adaptation. In one chapter, he lists several pages of instances of massive simultaneous parallel invention: Elisha Gray’s patent application for the telephone three hours before Alexander Graham Bell; the twenty three inventors of the light bulb (with Edison dead last); the six independent discoveries of the principles behind the atom bomb. Innovation seems to precipitate out of society at crucial densities, the same way silver nitrate precipitates in solution – or, as American academia is increasingly and finally convinced, life precipitates wherever the basic preconditions allow for primitive metabolisms."

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Open Yale Courses

Open Yale Courses | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

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Harold Jarche » Collective sense-making

Harold Jarche » Collective sense-making | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"The increasing importance of fluid knowledge requires a different perspective on how we think of it and use it. If change is constant, then the half-life of codified knowledge (stock) decreases. We see this with the increasingly combative debates on intellectual property (IP) expressed as copyright. Both vestiges of an economy dominated by knowledge as stock. The digital world is harshly bumping against the analog world and we are caught in-between.
I think the only way to navigate this change is collaboratively. No one has the right answer, but together we can explore new models of sense-making and knowledge-sharing."


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Four Futures

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One thing we can be certain of is that capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next...

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On Resilience

On Resilience | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

A key feature of complex adaptive systems is their ability to self-organize along a number of different pathways with possible sudden shifts between states: A lake, for example, can exist in either an oxygenated, clear state or an algae-dominated, murky one. A financial market can float on a housing bubble or settle into a basin of recession. Conventionally, weve tended to view the transition between such states as gradual. But there is increasing evidence that systems often dont respond to change in a smooth way: The clear lake seems hardly affected by fertilizer runoff until a critical...


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Self-Sufficiency: a universal solution to the globalist problem

Self-Sufficiency: a universal solution to the globalist problem | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Thailand's answer to the IMF, and globalization in general was profound in both implications as well as in its understanding of globalization's end game. Fiercely independent and nationalistic, and being the only nation in Southeast Asia to avoid colonization, Thailand's sovereignty has been protected for over 800 years by its revered monarchy.

 

The answer of course is self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency as a nation, as a province, as a community and as a household. This concept is enshrined in the Thai King's "New Theory" or "self-sufficiency economy" and mirrors similar efforts found throughout the world to break the back of the oppression and exploitation that results from dependence on the globalist system.


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Elon Musk says he will put millions of people on Mars

Elon Musk says he will put millions of people on Mars | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"Musk doesn't just want to stop at one human. In his Heinlein prize acceptance speech, he said he wants to put 10,000 people on Mars. Musk rarely makes public statements merely for effect but a call for 10,000 would-be Martians is extraordinary, even by his standards."

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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Official transcript at http://sivers.org/ff --- If you've learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let's watch a movement happen, start to ...


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A Beautiful Look at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, When The Future Was Magical

A Beautiful Look at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, When The Future Was Magical | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
If there was a high point for Space Age excitement about all things futuristic and shiny, it might well have been the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, at which we would be promised such great things as the Bubbleator Time Machine.
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"The Wolfe's Den" Treehouse - Tiny Yellow House

This triangular treehouse was assembled in the Catskills over two weekends, and stands as one of the larger projects Deek's tackled for the show. His only gi...
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David Graeber: Debt: The 1st 5000 years

Dr. David Graeber, professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London on his book - Debt: The First 5000 years. How the concepts of debt and credit have defined human history and what this means for our current credit crisis and the future of our economy.

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When I grow up: a 6 year old's vision of a Gift Community

A short clip of a 6 year old sharing her concept of a community she will have when she grows up, based on a Gift Economy. Listen to her, it is her generation that will see the world operate this way, after all! It is from the children that we will about the world to come, for they, as Khalil Gibran says, "live in the house of tomorrow"

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To understand is to perceive patterns

Jason Silva: “Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On a larger scale, food webs and ecosystems can be represented as networks of species. And networks pervade technology: the Internet, power grids and transportation systems are but a few examples. Even the language we are using to convey these thoughts to you is a network, made up of words connected by syntactic relationships.”

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The StreetScooter: A Crowdsourced EV That Disrupts The Auto Industry's Production Models

The StreetScooter: A Crowdsourced EV That Disrupts The Auto Industry's Production Models | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Designed and manufactured in a collaboration by more than 50 companies, the StreetScooter (which isn't actually a scooter) may show a new way of engineering and producing cutting edge vehicles.

 

A couple of things up front about the StreetScooter. First, it isn’t actually a “scooter” (see picture). It’s a German-made electric car with a range of about 80 miles, a price tag of about $6,000, and a top speed of 74 mph. Second: tThe most important thing about it isn’t its range, speed, or price (though it’s a lot cheaper than comparable models).

 

What’s special is how it was developed. More than 50 companies took part in the StreetScooter’s design and engineering, co-creating, and collaborating from scratch. Not a single large brand was involved, and many were small- and medium-sized firms. The process effectively turns traditional car development on its head. Instead of one manufacturer dictating its designs to suppliers, all the companies had equal status, and could provide input.


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Quote from Peter Senge via Otto Scharmer

From “Theory U” by Otto Scharmer, page 196:

I asked Peter Senge to describe what he does when he creates. “To create music, you have to have violins. You have to have instruments, okay? But the music doesn’t come from the violin. The violin is an instrument. For me, at an experiential level, giving a talk or working with a group in a workshop can be the same. I create that reality in my own consciousness, and then I play the instruments. I just really, really enjoy myself; I kind of fall into my love of the people. And I know, at some level, when I’m doing those programs and things begin to operate this way, nothing can go wrong. No matter what happens, it’s exactly what needs to happen right then. [..]
That doesn’t mean it’s always happy. Sometimes it’s very intense, but you literally have the experience that absolutely nothing could possibly go wrong. That doesn’t mean it turns out according to your plan. It means that whatever turns out is exactly what is right in that moment, and that is the music.”


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The Shadow Superpower - By Robert Neuwirth

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Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy -- and its future... System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people. They call them débrouillards...

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Aquaponics, or growing plants in water from fish farming, is an efficient way to raise food and reduce waste

Aquaponics, or growing plants in water from fish farming, is an efficient way to raise food and reduce waste | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Aquaponics is a blend of aquaculture -- fish farming -- and hydroponics, growing plants without soil in water. The idea is to grow fish in a tub or pool, using the nutrient-rich fish waste to fertilize vegetables and herbs grown hydroponically.

 

It is a nearly closed-loop system. The water from the fish tank, containing all the nutrients needed for plant growth, is pumped or diverted by gravity to the hydroponically grown plants. The plants filter ammonia and other fish waste products out of the water, which is then recirculated back to the fish. The only inputs required are food for the fish and small amounts of water to replenish what is lost through evaporation from the tank and transpiration through plant leaves.

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The Digital Roll-Out of Resilient Communities

The Digital Roll-Out of Resilient Communities | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

John Robb: Given how fast things move now, it's not hard to imagine that a new economic system (better design), decentralized financial wire service, or P2P manufacturing system could sweep the world in months, drawing in tens of millions of people into a ways of creating, trading, and sharing wealth.

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A Low Impact Woodland Home

A Low Impact Woodland Home | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point."

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Lifehack: Daily Activity Tracker + Scoreboard

Lifehack: Daily Activity Tracker + Scoreboard | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Vanessa Miemis: I've decided to add a new theme to the blog - lifehacks. My attention of late has been focused on how to be more action-oriented, and I realized I've been poorly equipped with tools (techniques,...

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Futurism

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Stowe Boyd: In my view, futurism (“strategic foresight,” “scenario planning”) is a vaccination for our civilization’s immune system. It strengthens us. By introducing us to different possible futures, we become sensitive to those potential outcomes, and able to recognize their early signs.

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