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IBM Opens Chip Architecture, in Strategy of Sharing and Self-Interest

IBM Opens Chip Architecture, in Strategy of Sharing and Self-Interest | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The first server designs resulting from IBM’s decision to open up its Power chip technology are being announced on Wednesday.
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Don Tapscott - Macrowikinomics - full show - YouTube

Don Tapscott talks about "Macrowikinomics: Rebooting The Business World" (which he co-authored with Anthony D. Williams), the follow-up to "Wikinomics". In their latest book, Tapscott and Williams proclaim the end of the industrial mode of production and predict the way forward is by internet-driven mass collaboration.

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Jeff Garzik Announces Partnership to Launch Bitcoin Satellites into Space

Jeff Garzik Announces Partnership to Launch Bitcoin Satellites into Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The non-profit endeavor plans to have a backup node in space in case the Bitcoin network fails.
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Why Economist Thomas Piketty Has Scared the Pants Off the American Right

Why Economist Thomas Piketty Has Scared the Pants Off the American Right | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you call rigorous economic research on inequality a Communist plot, will it go away?
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The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption - The Digital Shift

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption - The Digital Shift | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the ­community.
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Build Your Own Robots and Quadcopters With These Ingenious Bricks | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Build Your Own Robots and Quadcopters With These Ingenious Bricks | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in building your own ASIMO, you’ve got to start somewhere. Kinematics’ modular TinkerBots provide a very great jumping-off point, letting you quickly assemble and program your own robots.
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Is capitalism driving itself out of business? - Fortune Management

Is capitalism driving itself out of business? - Fortune Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin argues that growing efficiencies will make production costs a thing of the past. (Is capitalism driving itself out of business?
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Smart Citizen: advancing towards collective intelligence

Smart Citizen: advancing towards collective intelligence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Smart Citizen, in short, has created a tool that advances towards an intelligent city model, seeking to connect citizens with their urban environment in an optimal manner. Barcelona, as a mobile capital, has been the city chosen by Tomás Diez's team to implement the initial phase of the project, the starting point for the creation of a global Smart community. This is also why this summer Barcelona will host the 10th Fab Labs world congress, Fab 10, co-organized by Institut de Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC), FabLab Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, MIT and the Fab Lab Foundation.

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What’s Old Becomes New: Regulating the Sharing Economy – 100% Solutions

What’s Old Becomes New: Regulating the Sharing Economy – 100% Solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Sharing Economy: An old concept made new through the internet-based sharing of underutilized space, skills, and stuff for monetary and non-monetary benefits.Recently, a proliferation of start-ups have created digital platforms to connect owners with consumers.These companies encourage people—and businesses—to use resources more efficiently and to share non-product assets (like time) as well as conventional “stuff.”Citizens can share space in their homes (Airbnb), seats in their car (Lyft, Sidecar, UberX), places to park (Park Circa), used clothing (ThredUp), outdoor gear (gearcommons), time in the day (TaskRabbit, Instacart), and even capital (Zopa, Prosper).This trend has attracted significant attention from thought leaders (in 2011, Time Magazine crowned it one of ten ideas that will change the world), venture capital (Uber recently received 8M in funding from Google Ventures, and a recent round of financing for Airbnb would value it above B), the media, and, most recently, Congress.Nevertheless, regulatory mechanisms have not kept pace.Small-scale, non-monetized sharing has historically been ignored or exempted by the legal system (though barter exchange is taxable).The tipping point is near, however, as sharing with strangers becomes big business.Forbes estimates the sharing economy generated .5 billion in 2013.To grossly generalize, the law tends to prefer binary divisions: public and private, business and personal, donation and sale, consumer and provider, and, most saliently, my property and yours.In the sharing economy, many companies blur these boundaries, resulting in a legal gray area.Proponents, typically a younger, urban demographic, tend to view the regulatory hurdles as protectionism, serving entrenched operators in the market like taxicabs and hotels.Yet, for municipalities, regulating sharing economy companies requires balancing the safety and welfare of the public with the potential for new economic development opportunities.
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Humanity's Frightening Uncertainty About the Economic Consequences of Climate Change

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michel-bauwens/beyond-jeremy-rifkin-how-_b_5185948.html?ir=Business

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Business Models for Open Source Hardware & Open Design | blog LZ

Business Models for Open Source Hardware & Open Design | blog LZ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open Source for hardware and physical objects and processes is a growing movement. But „how to make money with that“ is the question most people ask within the first minutes. There are a lot of answers – a lot of open source hardware business models. And we get more. This page collects answers and organizes them in the „open source hardware business model matrix“.

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Food Forest Open Source Hub

Food Forest Open Source Hub | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Intentional earth stewardship by creating an abundant and productive food forest is, in our opinion, essential to comprehensive food sustainability and self-sufficiency. It is also foundational to regenerating our planet and One Community’s Highest Good of All philosophy. For this reason, we are including teaching, demonstrating, and open source sharing food forest creation and development as key components of our open source botanical gardenHighest Good food infrastructure, and model for self-replicating and self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. As a species we have the ability to truly live in harmony and mutual support with nature and One Community will be an ongoing demonstration of exactly how personally and globally beneficial this can be.

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Historical Materialism — Historical Materialism Journal

Historical Materialism — Historical Materialism Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Research in Critical Marxist Theory
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Net neutrality finally dies at ripe old age of 45

Net neutrality finally dies at ripe old age of 45 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes:


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How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other - Wired

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where a russet-haired woman in an orange raincoat and coffee-colored boots will slip into the front seat of her immaculate 2006 Mazda3 hatchback and ask for a ride to the airport. Manit has picked up hundreds of random people like this. Once she took a fare all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Another time she drove a clown to a Cirque du Soleil after-party.

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In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane

In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies and charge them for priority service.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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When hackers and farmers join forces

When hackers and farmers join forces | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens suggested this short piece for translation: an interview with Philippe Langlois, in which he discusses the world of hackerspaces and the physical application of the open-source, collaborative mentality, applied to practical problem-solving in rural settings.

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Open Hardware Exploration at NEEMO16

Open Hardware Exploration at NEEMO16 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It is an amazing rapid prototyping environment that is like a Hackathon on the ocean floor. In April, we had the chance to meet Eric Stackpole and David Lang at the International Space Apps Challenge.
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The Biggest Facebook Publishers of March 2014

The Biggest Facebook Publishers of March 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the Facebook algorithm/shift to mobile/social optimisation conversationdrifts on, one thing we’ve noticed is that Facebook engagement for top publishers rarely declines as the months pass.

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A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy - Global Voices Online

A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy - Global Voices Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Hong Kong is often considered a global financial center and the city's stock exchange one of the most important in the world. But the city is also home to many alternative exchanges based not on money and stocks, but on sharing.

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Peer production enters the kitchen - R Street

Peer production enters the kitchen - R Street | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s another peer production platform for regulators, taxmen, and assorted other busybodies to get the vapors about: Feastly, the “Airbnb of dinner.”

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The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External | The Nation

The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External | The Nation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.
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Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s been an argument going on for at least 100 years over seeds. Should they be free? Or should the people who develop them control, and profit from, their use? If they were shared, we’d have a more fluid development of agricultural technology, because all plant breeders could experiment with the best stuff. On the other hand, maybe breeders wouldn’t want to engage in the hard work of experimenting if they couldn’t sell their inventions for lots of money.

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Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation

Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"If the aim of human society is happiness, freedom, and prosperity, there are indeed many alternative ways to achieve this without endangering the earth and ourselves, and without leaving behind half or more of humanity. This applies to India as to any other country, though the specifics of the alternatives will vary greatly depending on ecological, cultural, economic, and political conditions.

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