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The 'sharing economy' that doesn't exist - ZDNet

The 'sharing economy' that doesn't exist - ZDNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peers is funded by more than 22 companies that include its founder Airbnb, Lyft, TaskRabbit, and others – to "protect the sharing economy." Natalie Foster, the CEO ofPeers, has her work cut out because it's not protection that is needed but rather legalization, a much tougher job. She has said many times that the biggest issue with the sharing economy is that it is not legal.

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FryskLab: a mobile FabLab designed to change the way we share culture

FryskLab: a mobile FabLab designed to change the way we share culture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Let’s forget about GDP and economics for a while and think about this: a wealthy country is built on sharing. For instance, take FabLabs networked structure for global collaborative design and production: sharing of tools, blueprints and techniques can help young makers and inventors in changing their country.

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The shape of Airbnb's business

The shape of Airbnb's business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When Airbnb talks about its legal troubles in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, and elsewhere, it claims that existing laws were never designed for its new brand of disruptive peer-to-peer business.

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▶ The Logistics Internet Explained, with Jeremy Rifkin - YouTube

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Logistics Internet. Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (http://goo.gl/4estV2).

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How Different Cultures Understand Time - Business Insider

How Different Cultures Understand Time - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Time is seen in a particularly different light by Eastern and Western cultures, and even within these groupings assumes quite dissimilar aspects from country to country. In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples. In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy. Thais do not evaluate the passing of time in the same way that the Japanese do. In Britain the future stretches out in front of you. In Madagascar it flows into the back of your head from behind.




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Jeremy Rifkin: Intelligent technology and the future of human labour

Jeremy Rifkin: Intelligent technology and the future of human labour | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, I spoke to Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Our conversation ranged widely over many of the book’s central arguments, particularly those concerning the transition, driven by new information technologies, from a capitalist market economy to what Rifkin calls the “Collaborative Commons”. We ended with a brief discussion of the future of work. In the following guest post, Rifkin discusses in more detail the implications of the ”wholesale substitution of intelligent technology for mass wage labour and salaried professional labour.”

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“Sharing Economy” Startups - Christopher Keelty

“Sharing Economy” Startups - Christopher Keelty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over at The Nib, Susie Cagle put together a great comic laying out the problems with the “Sharing Economy,” but she’s too kind and even in her tone for some of us. “Sharing Economy” is basically a polite term for “Black Market,” the environment in which people living in poverty are so desperate for money that anything of value becomes a commodity.

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Poor Man's 3D Printer

Poor Man's 3D Printer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
My goal was to build a cheap and inexpensive 3D Printer for less than 100 Dollar/Euro What are the features of the Poor Man's 3D Printer ? - Fused d...
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Megatrends collisions: introducing the sharing economy

The collisions between megatrends can create new and disruptive environments. Consumers increasingly value access over ownership. This trend is currently playing out in a dynamic collection of sectors that is often labelled “the sharing economy”.
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ENTERPRISE HARDWARE Autodesk Unveils Open Software Platform for 3D ... - CIO Today

ENTERPRISE HARDWARE Autodesk Unveils Open Software Platform for 3D ... - CIO Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There's a new open software  platform for 3D printing -- and a 3D printer -- from Autodesk. Given the company's position as a maker of modeling and design software, the platform could boost the nascent industry of object-printing.


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CROMATICA, the Arduino at Heart Light-Speaker

CROMATICA, the Arduino at Heart Light-Speaker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There is a new crowdfunding site on the block! It’s called Crowdrooster.com, and one of its first campaigns is for the Cromatica, an Arduino at heart light-speaker by Digital Habits.
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Scaling the Sharing Economy: New York to Topeka & Beyond - Little India

Scaling the Sharing Economy: New York to Topeka & Beyond - Little India | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Shortly after Leah Busque and her husband turned their distaste for having to fetch dog food for their 100-pound yellow Labrador into what would become TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for locally outsourcing small jobs and errands, the Great Recession of 2008 went into in full swing.

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Boston University Economist Mark T. Williams' Bitcoin Price Prediction Will Be Proven Ridiculously Wrong - CryptoCoinsNews

Boston University Economist Mark T. Williams' Bitcoin Price Prediction Will Be Proven Ridiculously Wrong - CryptoCoinsNews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economist Mark T. Williams' famous $10 Bitcoin price prediction has been proven ridiculously and laughably wrong. Has he changed his mind about Bitcoin?
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David Graeber: “Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded”

David Graeber: “Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

David Graeber is an American anthropologist who teaches at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the classic “Debt: The First Five Thousand Years” and played an important role in the launching of Occupy Wall Street. Last year, he wrote a much-discussed essay asking what happened to society’s old promise of more leisure time for workers; for the tasks that have come to occupy the hours that were once promised to be ours, Graeber invented the delicate and slightly obscure label, “bullshit jobs.”

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The Impossibility of Growth | George Monbiot

The Impossibility of Growth | George Monbiot | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham(1).

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Will the Sharing Economy fulfil its positive potential?

Will the Sharing Economy fulfil its positive potential? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today is Global Sharing Day, and as this is a subject I’ve been increasingly getting into over the last year or so, with a HuffPo article and a trip to the 3 dayOuiShareFest in Paris at the beginning of May, it seems appropriate to share some reflections. Those reflections are still pretty ill-formed and conflicted, but as I found in Paris, that’s the way the whole movement feels at the moment.

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Low-cost production will mean the end of jobs - opinion - 16 May 2014 - New Scientist

Low-cost production will mean the end of jobs - opinion - 16 May 2014 - New Scientist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The internet and low production costs will free us from work and want, says social theorist Jeremy Rifkin – but what will we do then?
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The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence - io9

The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence - io9 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You might wonder why climate change or meteor impacts have been left off this list. Climate change, no matter how scary, is unlikely to make the entire planet uninhabitable (but it could compound other threats if our defences to it break down). Meteors could certainly wipe us out, but we would have to be very unlucky. The average mammalian species survives for about a million years. Hence, the background natural extinction rate is roughly one in a million per year. This is much lower than the nuclear-war risk, which after 70 years is still the biggest threat to our continued existence.

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The digital economy: fair shares?

The digital economy: fair shares? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Grand claims are being made for the sharing economy, where the owner of an asset that they sometimes do not need – a car or a spare room, or maybe just a power drill – rents it to someone who does. Although enterprises like Airbnb, the San Francisco-based spare-room letting business, have been around since 2007, the newcomer that is reallyshaking up the traditional business model in the UK is Uber taxis It has already so alarmed black-cab drivers in London they are threatening a gridlock protest next week. Now it has opened in Manchester.

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Solving The Talent Crisis: The Case For A Collaborative Approach

It’s well documented that in the United States employers have millions of unfilled jobs, and job-seekers often don’t have the skills to fill them. As a further complication, “soft skills” are increasingly critical to success in the 21st century workforce, but many employers are also finding that today’s prospective job candidates aren’t equipped with those skills either. This increasing gap between talent supply and demand continues to be a critical discussion amongst key stakeholders who are joining forces to collaborate to improve the problem.

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Fab Lab to debut with electronics summer camps - Iowa City Press Citizen

Fab Lab to debut with electronics summer camps - Iowa City Press Citizen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The state's first Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory packed with manufacturing and electronics equipment accessible to the public, will host a series of youth camps this summer as it nears its opening.

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Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea that ISPs directly or indirectly benefit from internet users unlawfully accessing digital content is a construct that has been flourishing for quite some time. This construction has been imperative for some to advance their demanding positions towards policy makers and which occasionally also has legitimized new draconian copyright enforcement schemes.

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The Internet of Things: panem et circenses for the masses? - TelecomTV (registration)

The Internet of Things: panem et circenses for the masses? - TelecomTV (registration) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

US-based Pew Research is continuing its series of special reports to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web. Its latest looks at the potential for the next iteration of the net, which is increasingly becoming known as the Internet of Things (or ubiquitous computing for those more mature readers).

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