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Jeremy Rifkin: Technological Progress How has our perception of progress changed, . . . from the industrial revolution to today?
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These kinds of arrangements have a long history: Kant, Kropotkin, the list goes on. The system works as long as you can opt-out and/or transfer into other arrangements when you are being treated unfairly. This is a Locke-an option, but not tied to geophysical territory. Majority-based government, even with minority protections, becomes problematic once you reach the panarchy stage because you essentially have a populace that is nothing other than a collection of many smaller minority groups, the “long tail” of social governance. Evenseemingly fundamental issues like “human rights” become problematic. Hardt and Negri’s “Multitude” provokes us to reconsider what governance means under those conditions. Fortunately we need not relapse into postmodern nihilism. While we give up on the premise of a master narrative, neither do we have to accept a total absence of narrative. Instead we have narratives, in the plural, socially constructed and perspectivally situated. “No center” is not the same as “many centers.” There are two governance problems. The first problem regards content: comprehensiveness vs. quality-control. The second problem regards the inability of unhappy communities to circumvent administrative hierarchies.
Mining big data to arrive at meaningful conclusions will change the way we work forever, says Kenneth Cukier, data editor at The Economist and co-author of the bestselling book Big Data. "Big data will mean for white-collar, professional labour in the 21st century, what machines, automation and the assembly line meant for blue-collar workers in the 20th century.
These principles that uphold toleration are equally valid to India as well as to Sri Lanka today where a high wave of cultural nationalism has swept across the sub-continent. In both countries, the goal of the propagators is to reverse the time machine and go back to the past. As long as the cultural nationalism aims at establishing the past, it closes the door for modernisation.
People want to see a great product and see how it can make their lives better—the business model is secondary.
Companies are always looking for a competitive edge. More and more of them are turning to open innovation as a means to accelerate the innovation process.Companies are always looking for a competitive edge. More and more of them are turning to open innovation as a means to accelerate the innovation process. Open innovation brings together innovators with diverse backgrounds to redefine ‘state of the art’ and push the boundaries of what is possible. The types of projects that are marked for open innovation are increasingly becoming more varied, integrating unique, creative or ‘ideative’ characteristics.
The industrial age customer was seen as a recipient of value, a consumer of value. Enterprises also viewed customers through the lens of a fairly uniform set of features, leading to seeing customers as having relatively uniform needs. But even commodity products are always a bundle of use contexts, buying patterns, complementary goods and delivery options. Just because a product is a commodity doesn’t mean that customers can’t be diverse in the ways they use the product.
Like the Man who rents it, this apartment also Does Not Exist, at least according to house sharing service, Airbnb. The company insists that its users are just regular folks like you and me, renting their primary residence out while they’re on vacation, or in some cases squeezing a few bucks out of a temporarily empty summer home. People who rent or own property solely to use as Airbnb “hotels” do not exist. And yet, I’m talking to the Man Who Does Not Exist, in the living room of one of his rentals.
Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler has a radical premise: cooperation triumphs over self-interest. In a lecture this month in Tel Aviv, he called for cooperation and community as a tool to fundamentally transform business.
Ideas worth spreading. This overarching mission of TEDx talks aligned perfectly with our CEO’s, Kurt Abrahamson, message at the TEDx Times Square event. (Kurt Abrahamson on TEDxTimes Square talks about the sharing economy.
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Human Ecosystems is a family of real-time system capturing information from social networks to visualize the human geography of cities, across space, time and relations
= To be the true owner of your information and of your computer's hardware resources, as well as to share these things in any way you want and only with whomever you want.
Neri Oxman is experimenting with brilliant ways to 3-D print entire buildings using concrete, and even silk.
The Guardian editor has been summoned to parliament, accused of helping terrorists by publishing the Edward Snowden leaks.
CAD software is often quite expensive and free programs often sacrifice utility for ease-of use. Honeycomb strives to offer a powerful parametric 3D modelling program for free.
The requirements that an open source application has to satisfy are clear, but achieving them is thought-provoking. One of the most important changes than needs to be dealt with has to do with support for third party embedded products. Previously, only enterprise versions of prerequisites were supported so a rework was mandatory. The open source version supports the best open source alternatives for the enterprise database, message oriented middleware, and application server. All code included in the application must be compliant with the licensing requirements in order to be publishable. Also, open source alternatives for the internal developer tools, work item tracking, and source control systems have to be integrated.
To “assemble” means to build. Assembling also means that we come together. Sometimes, both aspects are true. When that happens and we work together to build, we are better off for it.
YES Bitcoin is a very disruptive technology and whether or not bitcoin itself survives, the concept behind it will thrive. Currencies haven’t had any major innovations since moving away from the gold standard. Bitcoin brings forth a powerful way to exchange value that doesn’t rely on governments or banks. I expect bitcoin and the concept of decentralized currencies to evolve so rapidly that it will be measured in months instead of decades. Ten years from now, bitcoins may no longer be around, but a decentralized method of wealth transfer, it will be at least of equal size as most of today’s fiat currencies.
Social thinker Jeremy Rifkin sees the world in a great divide. Globalization, as it seems, is like a cusp and a chasm. Never has the world seemed so completely connected: culture, commerce, and communication are seamlessly interwoven in a world-wide web of interactions and transactions. Never has the world seemed so torn apart as well: wars, financial meltdown, and global warming are savagely creating collective crises and chaos.
Manufacturing is hard, but it’s getting easier. In every stage of the manufacturing process–prototyping, small runs, large runs, marketing, fulfillment–cheap tools and service models have become available, dramatically decreasing the amount of capital required to start building something and the expense of revising and improving a product once it’s in production.
Jérôme explains the broader research agenda behind the paper. People are collaborating on the Web, sometimes on projects that compete with or replace major products from proprietary businesses and institutions. Standard economic theory doesn’t have a good way of making sense of this with its usual assumptions of behavior guided by perfect rationality and self-interest. Instead, Jérôme will look at Wikipedia where people are not paid and their contributions have no signaling value on the labor market. (Jérôme quotes Kizor: “The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory it can never work.”)
In the past year, nearly a hundred of the personal fabrication projects that were realized in our Fablab were published on the website. We went through all projects to select the five best examples for made last year.
= interfirm coordination that is characterized by organic or informal social systems, in contrast to bureaucratic structures within firms and formal contractual relationships between them.