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Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?
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Building a Fab Lab can be funny, and can be frustrating too, depending on how much you know about building a community, a place to work well (to partly live, to be honest), and building a team of people that are not only prepared about open hardware, but really want to help you with the huge number of tasks required by this activity. But, first of all, what is a Fab Lab?
The word "open" is certainly a buzzword in 3D printing, but what does that really mean?
The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.
The Hub at Johns Hopkins David Kaplan's documentary shows the human side of physics The Hub at Johns Hopkins LHC construction began in 1998, a collaborative effort that now involves more than 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries and an...
Red Hat has woken up to the growth of Linux containers – cough, cough, Docker – and has begun certifying applications running in the sandboxing tech.
A few days after selling WhatsApp to Facebook for US$19 billion, Jan Koum stepped into a suite at the St Regis Hotel in San Francisco to celebrate with old friends, including CEOs, reformed hackers and a few people who fell into both those camps.
The problem is that so many “innovations” — Intel's “creative collaboration” with the rapper will.i.am, for instance — are just some stuffy vice president's approximation of cool.
The Wikinomics project aims to foster key competences required for employability in the constantly changing environments of the world of work. It sets free-culture and wiki methodologies as the basis for an innovative pedagogical methodology. Wikinomics will focus on vocational education (also known as vocational education and training or VET) is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position in engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, pharmacy, law etc. Craft vocations are usually based on manual or practical activities, traditionally non- academic related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation. It is sometimes referred to as technical education as the trainee directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques.
We will hold a cafe discussion on these various topics in P2P (Peer-to-Peer) ideas: What is P2P? P2P for 2014 in society and technology. We will limit attended to 10 at the cafe, and to 10 via video hangout.
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has approved plans for a optic fibre mega-ring.
The New York Times reported last May: Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person’s computer, download the contents of the hard drive, record the keystrokes and monitor cellphone communications, too.
Amid the hubbub surrounding the quota debate and the best way to develop female talent, there's a potential mass exodus waiting to happen.
Organizations will spend $1.3 trillion worldwide on enterprise software and services this year. If you’re an entrepreneur building a next-generation software company, you’re no doubt wondering: How do I get my piece of the pie?
Want more details on the sharing economy and where it might be heading in the future? Check out this comprehensive list of resources, complete with web links.
Our current governments do not work. I'm talking broadly here, but this is no generalization. You would be hard pressed to find a government on the planet today that operates as efficiently and effectively as it should, given the collective knowledge generated by our scientific and larger academic enterprises. This is true for the decisions our governments make about economic, social, and environmental problems. To make matters worse, our government institutions do not even work for the people (which, after all, was the whole point of the democracy!).
The “sharing economy,” as it’s coming to be known, has attracted increasing attention the past few years, initially due largely to its novel nature. But recently, the publicity has stemmed from the growing legal and regulatory challenges posed by the unique new business sector.
Last Wednesday marked another chapter in the clash between 3D printing and copyright law. Square Enix, the Japanese game developer behind Final Fantasy VII, devastated gaming fans when it pulled the plug on the sale of fan-made, 3D-printed Final Fantasy VII figures. When Joaquin Baldwin decided to use 3D printing technology to recreate and sell high-quality figures of the game’s most popular characters on Shapeways (a marketplace for user-designed 3D-printed objects), the figures started selling like hotcakes. However, Square Enix soon learned of Baldwin’s efforts and sent a DMCA takedown notice to Shapeways. Adhering to its takedown policies, Shapeways promptly removed the merchandise from Baldwin’s profile “[i]n order to comply with the DMCA and protect intellectual property right owners”.
It’s been hard to escape the rise of the sharing economy in the last few years, with an ever growing number of industries affected by collaborative start-ups providing platforms for us to share our goods and services with one another. A new report published recently by Vision Critical and Crowd Companies highlights just how rapid this growth has been. - See more at: http://www.adigaskell.org/blog/2014/03/06/new-report-highlights-the-growth-in-the-sharing-economy/#sthash.364Yv1Fd.dpuf
It's true the word "hack" hasn't always had a positive connotation. Recently its meaning has shifted from trying to breach or break a system to trying to create something new and different in the world of computing. It's the latter meaning that defines the spirit of TribeHacks, the first-ever hackathon planned later this month.
"We have a word for social entrepreneurs in Sweden. They're called 'Stipsters' – it means a startup hipster," says Johan Wendt, the entrepreneur behind world-leading Scandinavian social enterpriseMattecentrum.
“I plead guilty to the indictment of avowed optimism. We have entered an age of resistance. New forms, strategies and subjects of resistance and insurrection appear regularly without knowledge of or guidance from Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek or Antonio Negri. Their timing is unpredictable, but their occurrence certain. As resistances spread around the world, from the austerity-hit countries to Turkey and Brazil, the former poster boys of neo-liberalism, to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine, philosophy has the responsibility to explore the contemporary return of resistance and to develop an analytics of resistance.
Although Bitcoin works in a decentralized, peer-to-peer, open source way, it still remains part of the conventional scarcity paradigm. The fact that it plugs in the conventional scarce money infrastructure ($, €, etc) infuses the scarcity DNA in it. Even worse: it sticks to the “coin”, such an oldmeme! However I do acknowledge Bitcoin as a step towards the post-monetary society, while remaining inside the mainstream paradigm. It paves the way to new possibilities. Advocates and users of Bitcoin will very likely make all possible mistakes that will accelerate the shift.
Omlet, a new privacy-based social media platform launching today at SXSW, has an idea. They call it the "privacy economy." It's a notion that could really only be incubated in Silicon Valley's minor league, but it emerges from deep within the American capitalist psyche: find a problem, then make some money off of it. But, should we really be thinking of a human right as some sort of economy to be exploited for profit?
Pichai made the announcement at SXSW Interactive and said that the software development kits (SDKs) will not only make it easier for companies and individuals to use Android on fitness trackers, motion sensors and other wearable tech devices, it would also simplify data collection from sensors in order to create supporting apps and functionality.
Several economic and societal factors have fueled the growth of the sharing economy, in which people rent, borrow, share and swap items they might have purchased 10 or 20 years ago. But what is being overlooked in the rush to embrace this new way of consumerism are the risks to those on both sides of the transactions.