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What is credit money? Why does it fail? Prof. Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics, explains it all. (Part 1 of 3)
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Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead. His 2004 book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life,helped thousands of executives and would-be executives see their organizations, and themselves, in startling new ways. As a result, many organizations are becoming more collaborative and democratic. Now, Malone is exploring how social business, data analytics and cognitive computing will transform organizations once again. Here, he talks about the revolution that is coming.
Blame it on the Consumerization of IT, the "bring your own device" movement, the seemingly inescapable trend of all things moving toward the cloud, or the cyclical move from single-vendor solutions to best-of-breed (a cycle that seems to repeat itself every five to seven years). Regardless of these trends or cycles, collaboration environments within the enterprise are rapidly expanding.
MONTREAL — Recently Tourisme Québec has been in the news for cracking down on Airbnb, an online business that helps travellers arrange short-term vacation rentals in private homes and apartments in cities all over the world.
In the last months, the term "passaralho" has been echoed thoughout newsrooms in Brazil. This term for those fired from their jobs in the media has gained ground due to numerous cuts that the country's major dailies and magazines -- including O Estado de S. Paulo, Valor Econônomico, Folha de S. Paulo, and the Abril publishing house -- have announced since March.
In his statement about National Security Agency data mining from company servers, President Obama said that “modest encroachments on privacy” are worth it to protect the country.
Redesigning Education points to "the emergence of game changers, radical shifts, and new factors that dramatically influence systems." It adds that "our research indicates that in most contexts these are: the transfer of ownership to the learner, and the optimal use of powerful digital technologies." As students, families, communities, and entrepreneurs begin to create their own learning models, changes to the broader system will continue to come from below, rather than imposed in a top-down process. Students and families are "voting with their feet", and choosing alternatives that guarantee educational quality without regard to geographical location -- such as in the case of so-called "blended learning" which adds online components to coursework.
The looming age of the Internet of Things—the networked interconnection of everyday objects—promises great possibilities—and some unsettling ones. In a world where all objects are equipped with identifying devices so they can be connected and managed by computers, you can imagine the physical world shrinking sadly away into oblivion.
Should the Government Pay for Information It Collects About Its Citizens?
Explores fundamental changes occurring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information.
The Turkish government launched yesterday a study to restrict social media, an attempt that has been inspired by the Gezi protests that have spread across the country.
Looking for some good books to read this summer? We’ve rounded up 10 titles that inspire, educate and entertain, Shareable-style. From underground societies and futuristic sci-fi, to the first Earth Day and citizen-driven government, these titles offer an engaging look at where we are, how we got here, and how we can help determine where we’re headed.
The Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of artists and activists based in the USA that work on the boundaries between science, technology and radical politics. In 2004 Steve Kurtz, one of the members of CAE, was arrested by the FBI under the charge of bioterrorism after the police found the home lab and the bacteria cultures that were used for CAE projects on the politics of biotechnology. Their book Molecular Invasiontheorized the use of do-it-yourself biology as a tool to challenge the structures of power within the biotech industry and the role of biotechnology in today’s capitalist societies. In this interview, Kurtz explores the differences between CAE and the emergent movement of garage biology – such as the DIYbio network – its political role and its future.
The H's Hardware Hacks section collects stories about the wide range of uses of open source in the rapidly expanding area of open hardware. It's where you can find out about interesting projects, the re-purposing of devices and the creation of a new generation of deeply open systems. In this edition: turn a Raspberry Pi into a Tor anonymising proxy, RS Components introduces a site for open source hardware projects, two new boards to control Arduino projects from mobile devices, and an augmented reality backend for Drupal.
In the next phase of M2M market development that is moving towards an Internet of Things (IoT) future, security requires a holistic approach. Huge increases are expected in the number of machines and objects that communicate with humans and other machines/objects, each processing real-time (or near real-time) data. In such an M2M world, security must become a core component of an enterprise's consideration when using M2M to achieve business objectives.
For most sharing economy companies, they aren't selling a product. They're providing a peer-to-peer marketplace for people to rent a product from another person or get a service from a person.
Shareyourmeal, Cookening, Eat with Me, and Meal Meets, four platforms that enable people to ask their neighbors to cook them meals or, if they're abroad, to eat at and with locals, also may encounter judicial issues if amateur cooks aren't abiding by the health requirements of the food industry. Platforms that enable Household tasks, like Taskrabbit, might encounter employment tax issues as they’re enabing people to work without a contract. The list goes on (you can listen to it in this video).
The sharing revolution is organizing to fight government policy, the collaborative economy is a disruption http://t.co/gJf0RWBudc
Silicon Valley worships at the altar of laissez-faire, trickle-down economics. It's a flawed vision, but it speaks to a generation
With computer technician Edward Snowden’s bombshell revelations about the extent of state snooping — coupled with the ongoing court martial of Private Bradley Manning — 2013 is the year of the whistleblower. These ongoing cases also highlight the perennial plight of the whistleblower along with the state’s enduring efforts to prosecute them as a means to reinforce rank and file obedience. Information has always been a battleground. But, in an age of networked communication, the whistleblowing game is changing what information is leaked and who has the opportunity to leak it. What has changed little are the consequences for those who dare to become whistleblowers.
A major impact of the commercialization of the Internet has been the undermining of its peer-to-peer architecture. As Capital must always control the circulation of value in order to appropriate surplus, its champions view peer networks as a threat. The Web, although it sits on top of the Internet, is not a peer-to-peer technology but rather a client-server system where the interactions of the users are controlled and mediated by that site's operators.
“Facts, not opinions” this is the inscription engraved on the gable at the entrance of an eccentric museum (http://blogs.nature.com/london/2008/09/24/facts-not-opinions) in the city centre of London. The museum hosts the machinery tried by David Kirkaldy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kirkaldy), the first scientist who in 1865 tested industrial steel in order to make it a construction material for bridges, ships and railways. The inscription is a real declaration of intentions that describes the main role played by the scientific method and thinking within the paradigmatic shift occurred in the second half of the 19th century.
In a world where so much important work is being left undone, where needs are not being met and resources not being cared for appropriately, there should be no shortage of meaningful livelihoods anywhere on the planet.
When Edward Snowden reached his breaking point, the world saw the truth about the vast extent of spying by the NSA on Americans and people around the world. In an act of conscience, Snowden released secret information, saying “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.
Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you’re thinking too small. Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences.