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"This is an endgame".Talking in Eindhoven as a special guest during The Solar Future conference, organised by SolarPlaza. Video: New-Energy TV
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No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study from the University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel. Over two weeks, Kross and his colleagues sent text messages to eighty-two Ann Arbor residents five times per day. The researchers wanted to know a few things: how their subjects felt overall, how worried and lonely they were, how much they had used Facebook, and how often they had had direct interaction with others since the previous text message. Kross found that the more people used Facebook in the time between the two texts, the less happy they felt—and the more their overall satisfaction declined from the beginning of the study until its end. The data, he argues, shows that Facebook was making them unhappy.
No surprise — those Facebook photos of your friends on vacation or celebrating a birthday party can make you feel lousy.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls out President Obama for giving a speech against growing income inequality meanwhile surrounding his administration with Wall Street Bankers. Abby then calls out the corporate media for highlighting a fake phenomenon called the "Knockout Game", while ignoring real stories such as lobbying group ALEC's fight against green energy , The NSA's collection of five billion cell phone records and the UK government's attempt to criminalize journalism by going after the editor of The Guardian newspaper. Abby then speaks with Charles Eisenstein, author and activist with the degrowth movement, which promotes an anti-consumerist economy and a rethinking of the modern money system. Abby then interviews Gar Alperovitz, political economy professor at the University of Maryland about his social prescriptions for democratizing local economies, citing the benefits of credit unions and participatory budgets. Abby then gives props to the fast food workers who are leading protests across the country for better wages and the right to unionize. BTS wraps up the show with a short tribute to revolutionary and peace activist, Nelson Mandela, who just passed away at the age of 95.
In the past 15 years, American print publishers have experienced a massive decline in advertising revenues. According to Statista, after peaking in 2000 newspaper ad spending has fallen more than 70% and reached a 50-year low point recently. According to Macquarie Capital, a similar trend can be seen for magazines. This could get worse in the coming years as marketers continue to shift resources to online advertising. Nowadays, Americans spend only 4.6% of their media time reading magazines and newspapers, while almost 20% of their media time is devoted to mobile devices.
The FLOK Society gets funding from the Ecuadorian government and grew out of speeches Correa had made calling for a “social knowledge economy,” according to Michel Bauwens, a founder of the P2P Foundation hired to work on the FLOK project for Ecuador. According to an interview given by Daniel Vazquez, a Spanish “hacktivist” and one of FLOK’s directors, the idea also springs from Ecuador’s five-year “Plan of Good Living” introduced in 2009.
Jeremy Rifkin on ZeroConference 2013
After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots?
If you walk into one of the massive data centers that underpin Facebook’s ever-expanding online empire, you’ll find tens of thousands of computer servers. Many of them are designed by Facebook, and most run Linux, the open source operating system that drives so much of the modern web. But those aren’t the only machines you’ll find.
David Cuartielles is a Spanish microchip engineer, Independent Design Professional, and Electronics Laboratory Director at Malmo University, Sweden. David is...
If there is one thing the sustainability movement appears to want ownership of, it is the word 'economy'.
The software industry to date has thrived by reproducing the manufacturing model it was created in. But now with the power of distributed peer-to-peer networks it could benefit from new, more efficient and fairer alternatives.
REPORTING TO the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at length for the first time since he was appointed vice provost for advances in learning last September, Peter K. Bol highlighted shifts in the landscape for the much-publicized massive open online courses (MOOCs). At the December 3 faculty meeting, Bol noted that:
A University of Michigan study confirms what many of us have long suspected: that using Facebook bums us out. Here’s a suggestion for reversing that trend.
“The present study explores collective design processes that both closely tied communities and emergent collectives are increasingly engaging in. The hypothesis was that collaborative design in these settings is better understood at the intersection of the evolution of the every-day practices and the shared new media forms that emerge, since both of these aspects shape and give direction to each other.
Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S. based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed, depending on the size.
Riccardo G.’s profile on CouchSurfing.com, the website that partners intrepid wanderers with willing hosts, notes that he lives in the “best neighborhood to go out and have drinks,” that he offers a “cozy/clean/nice sofa/couch” and that he’ll even let you bring your “small dog, if you just can’t live without him.”
The third industrial revolution means power to the people both literally and figuratively: power to the people. Just think of the power of the Internet revolution. We have made communications democratic. There are now two and a half billion human beings that communicate with each other peer to peer with a power that is shared, collaborative and lateral. We have lateral power that is infinitely greater than that of the twentieth century television and radio networks and that at virtually zero cost. It is as striking as the democratisation of communication that inspired the new generations worldwide to start calling for a different kind of future. But this is only half the story: now, within the next twenty years, with communication via the Internet joining up with the Energy Internet, each and every one of us will be able to produce our own electricity, and here we’re talking about billions of human beings with the power to generate their own green electricity and share it via the Internet with people in other regions and other continents.
In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. In short, Mandela was not Mugabe, South Africa remained a multi-party democracy with free press and a vibrant economy well-integrated into the global market and immune to hasty Socialist experiments. Now, with his death, his stature as a saintly wise man seems confirmed for eternity: there are Hollywood movies about him — he was impersonated by Morgan Freeman, who also, by the way, played the role of God in another film; rock stars and religious leaders, sportsmen and politicians from Bill Clinton to Fidel Castro are all united in his beatification.
David Kirkpatrick discusses the structure and regulation of the Internet with Theresa Swinehart of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Autocomplete is a microinteraction—a minor feature that has come to define, and standardize, our approach to the Internet—that ends up making some macro points about the American political system. And, like so many things built on the Internet, it manages also to be extremely meta. Type a term into Google’s search bar—or, actually, type just part of that term—and you get, instantly, a little summary, ranked and snapshotted, of all the other search terms that have been entered into that same little box. Autocomplete is the collective questioning of the world, transformed into text. It is the curiosity of the Internet … made into Internet curiosities. It is glorious.
The Open Source Hardware Research Project at HIIG is inspired by our general interest to conduct research on participatory forms of interaction on the Internet. Open Source Hardware (OSHW) describes an emergent bundle of technologies, practices, business opportunities, and regulatory approaches for collaborative manufacturing. In the field of consumer 3D printing for instance, intense innovation activity has sprung from a surge of hardware devices and organizations. From our perspective this can be seen as an Internet innovation phenomenon because a) a lot of the exchange and self-organisation in the community of people who contribute to OSHW takes place online and b) online platforms that aggregate digital designs or services are an important — if not elemental — resource in OSHW.
Posing as volunteers. Stealing documents. Dumpster diving. Planting electronic bugs. Hacking computers. Tapping phones and voicemail. Planting false information. Trailing family members. Threatening reporters. Hiring cops, CIA officers and combat veterans to do all these dirty deeds—and counting on little pushback from law enforcement, mainstream media or Congress.
While trying to start up a makerspace in my home town of Rome, Georgia over the past year or so, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this trend called “the maker movement.” It boils down to people banding together in communities to start workshops for creating, inventing and tinkering. Admittedly, I have a tenancy to over-think things like this, and to seek meaning in places where I should just accept that “it just is.” Easier said than done for me.