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Mobile phone company Ericsson’s CEO Hans Vestberg has predicted that smartphone shipments will this year exceed 50 per cent and that mobile internet users would grow beyond fixed internet users before the end of the year.
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Bitcoin is not a currency any more than gold bars or collectable baseball cards are. And that has serious implications for this "innovation".
Well, there’s a lot of ways. I mean, one of the issues is that in a market society, a middle class has always required some little artificial help to keep going. There’s always academic tenure, or a taxi medallion, or a cosmetology license, or a pension. There’s often some kind of license or some kind of ratcheting scheme that allows people to keep their middle-class status.
Irish music in a traditional idiom finds itself in the best of times and the worst of times. On the one hand Irish traditional music has become a global phenomenon, lending its symbolic and commercial weight, replete with what Irish cultural historian Luke Gibbons calls, “the communal Prozac of the heritage industry” (1996:172), to anything from Riverdance™ to Xena,™ Warrior Princess and its ethereal glances of uilleann pipe incidentals. Commercially speaking, the music has never been as popular, a boon for those determined to make a living playing the music that they live by. On the other hand we find that the embedded cultural practices and values that have supported the transmission and life of the music are being threatened as a result of the very embeddedness, their being taken for granted, that has guaranteed their lack of articulation thus far.
Make your own printable, smart beehive to track colony health and promote international bee recovery.
The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables permissionlessinnovation. This stems from two epoch-making design decisions made by its creators in the early 1970s: that there would be no central ownership or control; and that the network would not be optimized for any particular application: all it would do is take in data-packets from an application at one end, and do its best to deliver those packets to their destination.
Companies like AirBnB, Etsy, and Uber have turned Americans into micro-entrepreneurs and changed what the definition of a job is. (Fantasric article on economic up and downsides of the sharing economy.
Jeremy Rifkin: Are We Moving from a Capitalist to a Collaborative Economy?
For example, Wal-Mart didn't open its online store until 2000, six years after Amazon (AMZN) sold its first book online.
* "Why should the socialism of buen vivir be considered a bio-socialism? What characterizes it identifies it and makes it unique from the socialism conceived of by the classics—Karl Marx, Frederick Engels and Lenin?
Anyone with a computer can now join an Oxford University research project to reveal what role global warming played the UK’s record-breaking wet winter
"Using open supply chain mapping software and connecting with local mappeo groups the workgroup's aim is to complete a detailed map of global production networks controlled by 147 largest TNCs managing the world economy. Overall objective is to identify bottle-necks and critical points, spaces, processes on the networks to target stratigically, in case of a union actions or solidairty strikes."
Is your social network designed by techies, out of a pure love for seeing what is technologically possible? Is it designed to bring people together, to help them organise? Or is it designed to sell them things, and to collect data? Or, more insidiously, is it designed to give the illusion of bringing people together, so that it can sell things and collect data?
If Kickstarter were like the media institutions that dominated the 20th century—book publishers, movie studios, record companies—the crowdfunding site’s revenue would derive mostly from a few big hits, like the Oculus Rift virtual-reality visor and the Pebble smartwatch. That is, most of the money Kickstarter makes to support its 79 employees, Manhattan office and server infrastructure would come from the 50 or so projects that have received more than $1 million in funding since 2009, when Kickstarter launched.
The world’s oldest continuously working mechanical timepiece, the clock at Wells Cathedral was wound by hand every week for 600 years until the last in a long line of ‘Keepers of the Great Clock’ retired in August 2010. Maintaining the clock demanded skill, dedication and a great deal of care. As the centuries passed, it needed each of the keepers to develop a loving relationship with the mechanism, to tend, nurture and cajole it into a long life. It is this quality of relationship that we lose when we lose our connection with the objects we own, and this sense enchantment with the material world we are part of, that lies at the heart of an emerging ‘New Materialism’ that promises a world of better, not more.
“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” OpenDefinition.org
In a recent blog post on CoinDesk, Brett Scott introduced the idea that cryptocurrencies could have a major impact on the rise of a gift based economy. At the fore of this gifting culture is the unlikely aspirational hero that is Dogecoin, the meme based Shiba Inus dog touting cryptocurrency. The Shibe community on Reddit recently raised $33,000 to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics. This tremendous feat is a testament to the power of people coming together to give whatever small amount they can to make a difference. And it’s just one example of shibes showing their support for the underdog.
Like Prof Herzlinger, Wharton's vice-dean of innovation Karl Ulrich believes the social impact of these programmes is a central reason for promoting Moocs.
Last year, when Time Magazine named 10 ideas that will change the world, high on the list was an entirely new concept: ‘collaborative consumption’.
Today's neuroscientists need expertise in more than just the human brain. They must also be accomplished hardware engineers, capable of building new tools for collecting and analyzing the brain.
Some weeks ago I ran into Joe Justice fromWIKISPEED after one of his presentations. Well, not literally of course, I’m not real. And it wasn’t like he bumped into a computer. Anyway, it was the same day he and Jurgen Appelo agreed to make WIKISPEED aHappy Melly company. For Joe it was a remarkable day in many ways, he also got acquainted with the joys of typical Dutch cuisine (Smashed vegies and potatoes, I kid you not). This week I gave him a call to talk about his plans for the future. The best part? I got to meet his furry companion Scrum Cat (a spitting image for grumpy cat).
"This article deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of Commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this article attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their production and governance mechanisms. Using a diverse amount of literature and case studies, it is argued that, in many cases, hackerspaces exemplify several aspects of peer production projects’ principles and governance mechanisms."
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, described knowledge in the following way: "He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me." In doing so, Jefferson anticipated the modern concept of a public good. Today, we recognize that knowledge is not only a public good, but a global or international public good. We have also come to recognize that knowledge is central to successful development. The international community, through institutions like the World Bank, has a collective responsibility for the creation and dissemination of one global public good -- knowledge for development.
"Work groups will initially scan and analyse the leaked documents that are released by Wikileaks, like the Global Intelligence Files as well as other groups like Anonymous, GlobalLeaks. What will we be looking for in such meta-data will be about violations aginst producer, designer, users and consumer rights; such as stolen data, planned obsoloscence, illegal and dangerous material use, caputure and misuse of user-costumer data including selling the data to companies, production related threats to workers and public health.