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I've spent the past 20 years passionately—relentlessly—chasing innovation. From the dawn of a magnificent digital universe born of the Internet, through the thrill of global conversations set ablaze by social media, to the magic of mobile's anytime-anywhere technology connecting an entire planet, I've reveled in the shock and awe of innovation.
In 1604, King Philip III of Spain suffered a burn while sleeping near the fireplace because no nobleman could be found with the authority to move his chair. That is a good example of the dangers of excessive specialization.
The investment brings the four-year-old company's total funding to about $40 million, as it seeks to apply an Uber-style business model to domestic work.
There are over 2,000 startups on AngelList that are categorized as "social commerce." That’s equivalent to every Stanford MBA over the last 5 years starting a brand new social commerce company.
“The ideas we have about our government systems have been dramatically shaped by the energy sources that power them. If the physical characteristics of coal and oil have developed the expectations of our 20th century politics, how they also invent ‘the economy’? Will it be possible to sabotage a system that has an entirely different energy profile than the one that gave birth to organized labor?
“What may really persuade people to come together is common experience as the experience of commonness. It is undertakings rather than abstract theory. In today’s world, it is not the argument or emotion that can form social bonds, but common actions that build real and long-term trust. Sociologists express concern about the decrease of social capital, what Robert Putnam calls the phenomenon of “bowling alone.” Less is written about how one can act politically in such a “post-society.” It appears that “social glue” cannot be produced on a mass scale. “Together,” in real life, refers to a very few, later to a few dozen, at most to a few hundred people, if it is to be a real together, one that derives from common experiences. But the power of close-knit people is enormous, and their determination is far greater than that which emerges from the logic of the market or NGOs, much less the glitzy but desiccated party structures.
“New garden cities are needed to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, create sustainable communities and help young people get on the housing ladder, a new report, ‘Commons Sense’ from Co-operatives UK argues.
The National Plan of Ecuador recognizes and stresses that the global transformation towards knowledge-based societies and economies requires a new form for the creation and distribution of value in society.1 The National Plan's central concept is the achievement of 'Buen Vivir' (Sumak Kawsay) or 'good living'; but good living is impossible without the availability of 'good knowledge', i.e. 'Buen Conocer' ('Sumak Yachay'). The third national plan for 2013-2017 explicitly calls for a open-commons based knowledge society.
Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler says acts of conscience are integral to balancing security and freedom.
The proposal for a Regulation on the Telecom Package, issued by Neelie Kroes on September 11th despite vivid criticisms from both outside1 and inside the Commission2, pretends to defend the Net neutrality principle by stating in its article 23.5 that “providers of Internet access services shall not restrict the freedoms [of communication] by blocking, slowing down, degrading or discriminating against specific content, applications or services”3.
MENLO PARK, Calif.-Mayfield, a global, early-stage venture capital firm, today announced a $6 million investment in 3D Robotics (“3DR”), the leading open unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) platform company founded by Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. The investment is part of 3DR’s $30 million Series B round announced in September, and it reflects Mayfield’s belief in the maker movement going mainstream – as seen by the rise of connected devices, 3D printing, and the worldwide expansion of the Maker Faire.
From sharing rides to sharing spare rooms, the so-called sharing economy has become one of the most exciting developments to come out of the tech world.
Perceived employability (PE; i.e. the worker's perception about available job opportunities) is portrayed as the upcoming resource for workers and organizations. However, organizations might particularly want to stimulate perceptions of job opportunities on the internal labor market (i.e. internal PE). In contrast, they may be hesitant in stimulating perceptions of job opportunities on the external labor market (i.e. external PE), as this might foster workers' voluntary turnover. The contextual influences adding to these different types of PE are relatively unknown. Building upon self-determination theory, we argue that the organization's support of intrinsic (e.g. personal growth) and extrinsic (e.g. status) values may play a critical role. In line with expectations, the results reveal a positive association of the perceived organization's support of intrinsic work values and a negative association of the perceived extrinsic value support with internal PE, both in terms of a similar job (i.e. internal lateral PE) and a better job (i.e. internal upward PE). Unexpectedly, perceived organization's support of extrinsic values did not relate negatively to external PE. These results show that employers can invest in the workers' employability without disadvantaging the organization. To arrive at a flexible workforce, the support of intrinsic values is of key importance.
Open source is different things to different people: software licensing scheme, business model, development model or community model.
There is no question at this point that Healthcare.gov, from the planning stages all the way through to its launch, has been a disaster. It seems it has only successfully managed to expose the deeply rooted tech problems that plague Washington's IT infrastructure. However, media theorist and scholar Clay Shirky took to his blog to frame the issue differently. In his view, the collective delusion that allowed the site's planners to expect a perfect product without testing it ensured its botched debut. "This is not just a hiring problem, or a procurement problem," he writes. "This is a management problem, and a cultural problem."
Moore’s Law has granted to 21st-century organizations two new methods for governing complexity: locally powerful god-algorithms we’ll call Athenas and omniscient but bureaucratic god-algorithms we’ll call Adjustment Bureaus.
In the next industrial revolution, will we manufacture goods, or will they construct themselves? architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits talks about 4-D printing, programmable matter, and the future of things.
Bitcoin is based on the “proof of work” principle, which means the more computer power you apply to the problem, the more likely you are to get rewarded. This leads to a computer power arms race, as Bitcoin “miners” need to heavily invest in both hardware and electricity to constantly run it, where “… as of April 2013 the generation of Bitcoins was using approximately $150,000 USD per day in power consumption costs.”
Paris, 3 December 2013 — Yesterday the 2014-2019 defense bill passed first reading in the French National Assembly. It marks a strong shift towards total online surveillance. If passed, the bill will not only allow live monitoring of everyone's personal and private data but also do so without judicial oversight, as the surveillance will be enabled through administrative request. The bill also turns permanent measures that were only temporary.
Got an extra room, in fine condition but sitting unused? List it on Airbnb for adventurous travelers, and it can earn money. What about a car that no one uses for days or weeks at a time? Join RelayRides, and it can earn money. That empty closet, spacious attic or extra parking space? List them on StoreAtMyHouse and – you guessed it — all could bring profit.
People act like the sharing economy is some completely new market phenomenon. But the ethos of the sharing economy (shared work, shared ownership, and shared benefit) is embedded in the cooperative model.
When I was seven, I was given an Apple Macintosh in the hope that Mavis Beacon would teach me how to touch type. It was an unreasonable expectation, for I was actually more interested in escaping to the fantasy lands of computer games such as Dungeons and Dragons, and Lode Runner. Yet, these games had a lasting, unexpected impact on my thirst for learning. In playing Dungeons and Dragons, I remember being particularly excited each time my archetypal characters would gain ‘experience points’ that enabled them to upgrade their abilities.
Kodjo Afate Gnikou has imagination, talent and ambition. Using rails and belts from old scanners, the case of a discarded desktop computer and even bits of a... (Smart capable people everywhere.
Live Science: Scientists have built an open-source 3D metal printer that costs under $1,200, sharing their design and software with the maker community.