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What if everyone could be trusted? And everyone became willing to trust? Unrealistic? Sure, if you insist on all or nothing.
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We browsed techie Kickstarter projects and picked our favorites that begin delivery in 2014.
Language is a device for moving a thought from one person's head into another's. This means to have any real understanding of language, we also need to understand thought. This is what makes work on language exciting. It is also what makes it hard.
There's a new report out on civic tech from the Knight Foundation making the rounds. It's worth taking a read through the findings and the data that Knight gathered in their attempt to map the (.@GlobalIntegrity Thx for thoughts on @knightfdn report.
The sharing economy should not be viewed as a threat to the hotel industry.
Now that we all have publishing power, the mechanisms by which we share information are increasingly dictated by networked structures rather than institutional ones. And now that publishing has changed, production — including beat reporting — shouldn’t just mirror institutional structures of the past either.
The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, thinks we need to change how we think about tech.
Crises expose weaknesses in rules and institutions, and provide impetus for reform. Macroeconomic policy coordination was strong early in the financial crisis, but momentum slowed. There has been significant progress on financial regulation, yet major challenges remain. International safety nets have been reinforced – including a trebling of IMF resources. This column argues that ensuring the future effectiveness and legitimacy of the IMF, its member countries will need to agree on greater voice and representation for emerging market countries in the interest of a better managed global economy.
Part III in a series. As Quartz has already reported, the Internet of Things is already here, and in the not too distant future it will replace the web.
“In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues:
Rumor has it that the future drones of Amazon Prime are a Cyber-Monday PR gimmick, sure to face insurmountable technical difficulties and never pass muster with the FAA. Who knows. And, whatever. Much more interesting is what Jeff Bezos' plan actually suggests about the culture that's drooling over it too much to ask whether it's a good idea.
The co-operative movement has had a turbulent past few months; the Co-op Bank went into crisis and a member of Spain's Mondragon co-op faced bankruptcy. However, in this year's autumn statement the chancellor, George Osborne, vowed to support employee ownership and include tax breaks for social enterprises. Does this mean the future is bright for co-operatives and the social enterprise sector as a whole?
When someone puts their apartment up for rental on Airbnb or hails a car via Lyft, they’re participating in a dynamic new economy built around sharing.
Rabiah Mayas is fostering innovation for today and tomorrow.
Pope Francis commented recently on accusations of Marxism stemming from anti-market language employed in Evangelii Gaudium. Unfortunately overshadowed by his new status as TIME’s Person of the Year (apparently one of the few things that trumps a papal interview these days), the remarks are concise and support the reading of EG offered here, here, and here.
Facebook is embracing what is likely to be a controversial addition to its popular social networking site: video advertisements that appear — and automatically play — in your Facebook “News Feed.”
Clearly the technology exists for Android users to have granular control of apps permissions, and clearly many Android users want exactly that.
EXCLUSIVE: Widely believed to be Japanese, Nakamoto likened to the Anonymous group. (RT @joshuamcclure: Theory that Satoshi Nakamoto is a secret group of European financial insiders.
Facebook has announced a limited test of its new video ad system.
This year, Android-powered tablets began outselling Apple's iPads for the first time. With a variety of Google devices flying off shelves this Christmas, 2014 will see a huge new audience for digital magazine publishers to tap.
It’s eight a.m. on a Monday morning in 2007. In the Arcueil examination centre, a thousand heads crane with difficulty over wooden desks that are damaged by pens scratching across thin sheets of paper. Railway lines surround the enclave; trains make the building shudder rhythmically; the heads lookup for a minute, distracted, then return to concentrate on the studious, urgent writing of their paper. Invigilators wander the rows, imperturbable, watching every head that turns, every hand hiding in jean pockets. Only the noise of crumpled paper can be heard and, when this fades away, the room is deathly silent. A thousand pupils have been gathered here for six hours to answer a difficult question. All interaction with their peers is forbidden and, if an unexpected memory lapse should halt their train of thought, they cannot consult their notes. The essays produced by the pupils will sink into oblivion, stored in a dedicated hanger that has housed examination papers for many generations.
Security experts have foreseen the future of cybercrime, and it's exceedingly grim. A report out today from the web security firm IID (Internet Identity) predicts that within the next two years we'll see the first person murdered through a "smart" object, the downfall of both Bitcoin and Tor, and other equally bleak examples of the dark side of technology's future.