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Step 1: give every kid a laptop. Step 2: learning begins?

Step 1: give every kid a laptop. Step 2: learning begins? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nicholas Negroponte, the head of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, sure knows how to get people's attention. About three months ago, the venerable ed-tech evangelist told the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco that his organization would "literally take tablets and drop them out of helicopters," and return a year later to see if the effort was a success.

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Huddle's collaboration platform adds secure document distribution to its resume - VentureBeat

Huddle's collaboration platform adds secure document distribution to its resume - VentureBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Security has become the big question mark for many work environments.

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The Red Hot Market for Learning Technology Platforms - Forbes

The Red Hot Market for Learning Technology Platforms - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


So companies want modernized platforms which are easier to use, offer mobile learning, and tightly integrate with talent and collaboration systems.

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Researchers build collaborative system to teach robots human tasks - Daily Californian

Researchers build collaborative system to teach robots human tasks - Daily Californian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“That's what the Robo Brain is about — sharing data across different kinds of systems and platforms so they collectively get better,” Goldberg said.

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The Magic of the Connected Enterprise

The Magic of the Connected Enterprise | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The connected enterprise brings value to it customers, employees and partners by providing the best answers to questions through a collaborative workforce.
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David Plouffe Gets Hired By Uber; Is It the Rand Paulization of Barack Obama's ... - Huffington Post

David Plouffe Gets Hired By Uber; Is It the Rand Paulization of Barack Obama's ... - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You can wax rhapsodic about the power of disruptive models and the sharing economy all you want, but sometimes the gatekeepers of the status quo, theirPraetorian Guards, aren't seduced by rhetoric and inevitability. Sometimes they need to be fought with muscle, strategy, marketing and David Plouffe.

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Divesting From Fossil Fuel Would Cost $5 Trillion - CleanTechnica

Divesting From Fossil Fuel Would Cost $5 Trillion - CleanTechnica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Investors face a tremendous challenge moving forward in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, where environmental concerns, so-called ‘ethical’ investment strategies, and fears that fossil fuel assets could eventually become “stranded” by emission regulations are forcing gradual fossil fuel divestment.

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Worker's co-operatives: A stake in the businesss - Sydney Morning Herald

Worker's co-operatives: A stake in the businesss - Sydney Morning Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Joe Caygill and Dave Kerin are the most unlikely of collaborators: one is a conservative-voting small businessman; the other, a Marx-quoting trade unionist. Caygill has been in the manufacturing industry for 30 years; he's the owner and CEO of Everlast, a hot water tank manufacturer based in Dandenong. But before long, he won't be the boss anymore – just a worker-owner like everybody else. 




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New degree program is big test for MOOC-style higher ed - PBS NewsHour

New degree program is big test for MOOC-style higher ed - PBS NewsHour | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, we have to move far beyond the recommendations of the latest bestseller in economics. 

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35 Open Source Tools for the Internet of Things : Page 2 - Datamation

(Page 2): Open source Internet of Things is growing fast. These software and hardware projects can help companies and DIYers experiment with Internet-connected devices.
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What Marketers Can Learn From The Sharing Economy

What Marketers Can Learn From The Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sharing pioneers Airbnb, Lyft, and Uber changed the transportation and hospitality industry. Marketers need to be innovative, not boring.
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Uber-Whelmed: Real Talk for the Sharing Economy

Uber-Whelmed: Real Talk for the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With all the talk about the way Uber is revolutionizing the way the economy operates, shouldn't we also talk about Uber's responsibility to its workers?
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Uber's Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical - New York Times

Uber's Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The leaked documents show just how hard-fought the battle to control urban transportation is becoming.

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How 3D Printers Can Impact Small Businesses | Inside3DP.com

How 3D Printers Can Impact Small Businesses | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Companies everywhere are reaping the benefits of 3D printing, but there are key things to consider before making the switch. Here's a start.
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The Google Driverless Car Can Repair itself on Its Own

The Google Driverless Car Can Repair itself on Its Own | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The driverless car by Google is an amazing machine. In our past posts we have mentioned that it can pick and drop a passenger from anywhere. One can impose destination limitation and can prevent its misuse. Google has not stopped here and is thinking of introducing even more amazing features in it. Another interesting thing that the robotic chauffeur can do is its ability to perform self diagnosis when any wear and tear occurs in any of its part. Not only this, when there will be less fuel left in the fuel tank, it will have the capability to drive to the nearest gas station on its own.


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Remaking urban logistics: the Uber case

Remaking urban logistics: the Uber case | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Uber and a growing number of startups like Lyft, Hailo and GetTaxi try to make the taxi-business more flexible, cheap, efficient and user friendly. The do this using mobile technologies. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, in Bloomberg: ‘The taxi industry has been ripe for disruption for decades. But only technology has allowed it to really kick in.” Uber has an even greater ambition: the company wants to transform itself into a logistics powerhouse and make any type of delivery possible. The ins & outs of Uber. 


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BitBeat: More People Know About Bitcoin, But Few Willing to Use It - Wall Street Journal (blog)

BitBeat: More People Know About Bitcoin, But Few Willing to Use It - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While awareness of cryptocurrencies is rising, very few people have actually used them. A new survey, from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the Massachusetts Division of Banks, found that 51% of people in the U.S. were aware ofbitcoin and other currencies, albeit only about 3% had said they used it.

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Uber & AirBnb may soon accept Bitcoin

Uber & AirBnb may soon accept Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Everyone’s favorite cryptocurrency may soon be apart of the sharing economy. The Wall Street Journal reports, “eBay Inc. has been quietly working to integrate acceptance of the virtual currency into its Braintree payments subsidiary, part of its PayPal unit, according to people familiar with the matter”.

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Creators of New Fed-Proof Bitcoin Marketplace Swear It’s Not for Drugs | Threat Level | WIRED

Creators of New Fed-Proof Bitcoin Marketplace Swear It’s Not for Drugs | Threat Level | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When the recording industry smashed Napster with a $20 billion lawsuit more than a decade ago, filesharing morphed into Bittorrent, a fully peer-to-peer system with no central server for law enforcement to attack.
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The Wild West of 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com

The Wild West of 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sometimes the 3D printinng industry seems like the Wild West, everyone flocking in, feverishly looking for gold.
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Is there any value in New Age thinking? | openDemocracy

Is there any value in New Age thinking?  | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Defining 'New Age' is difficult - the term has been appropriated by all kinds of cults. In my view, the New Age movement was a reaction against the mistakes of western civilisation: an heir to utopian socialism. 

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In the Companies Of Strangers: I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups.

In the Companies Of Strangers: I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close.
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Turn to Tesla's Example in Steering a Startup to Success

Turn to Tesla's Example in Steering a Startup to Success | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Context, the sharing economy and big data are worth considering when strategizing about how to scale a small company.
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The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis

The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy promises the potential for riches, personal empowerment, new modes of work, and fear, the kind of fear that swells from a livelihood (“It is through government we mitigate the ill effects of technological disruption.
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In praise of family existentialism - Open Democracy

In praise of family existentialism - Open Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Linklater and Knausgaard reject the Clay Shirky/Jeff Jarvis insistence, that there is no alternative but to live in a world of free-as-in-worthless data flows. The rise of social media is a constant sub-theme within Boyhood: Linklater would not have known that 2003 would later become marked as the turning point from 'web 1.0' to 'web 2.0', with all of the commodification of social connection that went with that. Given that, his film - concerned with friendship, family, love, failure of relationships - represents a thrilling act of resistance.

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You Won't Believe What Happens Next: Facebook Clamps Down On Clickbait - Deadline.com

You Won't Believe What Happens Next: Facebook Clamps Down On Clickbait - Deadline.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Mostly lost in all the Emmy hubbub around Deadline yesterday was a little “FYI” blog post by Facebook, noting changes it was making in how it decides what stories to show its 1.1 billion users in their profiles’ News Feed.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation