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RSA - A World Beyond Markets

How will the ‘collaborative commons’ transform our lives? Jeremy Rifkin, one of the world’s most popular public thinkers and political advisors, argues that capitalism will no longer be the dominant paradigm in the second half of the 21st century.
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The Crowdfunding Conundrum - Huffington Post (blog)

The Crowdfunding Conundrum - Huffington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing great products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow people with stunning epiphanies and folks with a little (or a lot) of cash to get together without the red tape and angst that so often accompanies the soliciting and procuring of start-up funds.

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The biological principles of swarm intelligence

The roots of swarm intelligence are deeply embedded in the biological study of self-organized behaviors in social insects. From the routing of traffic in telecommunication networks to the design of...
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Why New Studies May Mean 'Game Over for the Climate Deniers' - TheStreet.com

Why New Studies May Mean 'Game Over for the Climate Deniers' - TheStreet.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It started in March, when the American Association for the Advancement of Science released a report on climate change titled What We Know to kick off an initiative to raise awareness on the issue. It makes clear that not only is human-caused climate change real and happening, but that we need to take quick and direct action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions to avert likely catastrophe. Now the the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hasreleased a grim report acknowledging that global carbon emissions have continued accelerate even with the recent spike in political rhetoric on tackling the issue.

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World's First Open Source Laptop Gets Wideband Software-Defined Radio

World's First Open Source Laptop Gets Wideband Software-Defined Radio | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Myriad-RF project is adapting one of its software defined radio transceiver designs for use with the Novena open source laptop.
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Hardware Hackathon Winners Will Be Awarded A Trip To Space [Video] - PSFK

Hardware Hackathon Winners Will Be Awarded A Trip To Space [Video] - PSFK | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Hackaday is calling on hardware hackers to create a piece of open hardware that is more than the usual Internet of Things project and have the potential to change people's lives.

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The eclipse of capitalism – or maybe not | The Enlightened Economist

The eclipse of capitalism – or maybe not | The Enlightened Economist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, covers lots of interesting territory but isn’t my cup of tea. One reason for that is apparent in the subtitle: “The internet of things, the collaborative commons and the collapse of capitalism” – wide-ranging is good, but ranging wide over such a disparate set of topics is a bit of a stretch.

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The new sharing economy in the USA | Real-World Economics ...

The new sharing economy in the USA | Real-World Economics ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As Sarah Kessler discovered in her Fast Company investigation, it’s hard to make it in the sharing economy. Many of the people renting out their labor and goods through these services will end up making a fraction of what they did at their full-time jobs, and having none of the benefits. Tanz writes that “in the sharing economy, the commerce feels almost secondary.” That may be true for the buyers, but it certainly isn’t true for the sellers, for whom these transactions are often an important source of income.

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MIT is about to become the world's first Bitcoin economy - VentureBeat

MIT is about to become the world's first Bitcoin economy - VentureBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


What would happen if every undergraduate student on a campus got $100 in Bitcoins? And what if that campus was the endlessly inventive MIT?

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Out in the Open: Occupy Wall Street Reincarnated as Open Source Software | Enterprise | WIRED

Out in the Open: Occupy Wall Street Reincarnated as Open Source Software | Enterprise | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Loomio is an open source web application for making group decisions. It may sound like a niche application, but although the Occupy movement is largely a thing of the past, Loomio is still going strong.
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Local hackers raise awareness through community-focused websites - The Columbiachronicle

Local hackers raise awareness through community-focused websites - The Columbiachronicle | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Soon after Chicago launched its Large Lot program—the city’s initiative to allow qualified Englewood residents to purchase up to two of the 5,000 vacant lots in their neighborhood for only $1—Demond Drummer decided to take the project one step further with the help of a few hackers.

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Open Hardware Summit 2014: ROME

Open Hardware Summit 2014: ROME | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are thrilled to announce the Open Source Hardware Association’s annual Open Hardware Summit: the Fifth annual Summit will be held September 30, 2014 and October 1, 2014 in Rome, Italy.

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The Hackaday Prize

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This is about doing, not about about waiting for something to happen. The Hackaday Prize will send one person into space for building the next evolution of hardware.
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What can open data do for your city? - The Networked Society Blog

What can open data do for your city? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Recently I was in Stockholm City Hall attending the mayor’s launch of the second Open Stockholm Award, an open-data competition arranged by the City of Stockholm. For a Swede, it’s extra special to visit the site of the Nobel festivities but on this occasion people were dressed in regular business attire. There wasn’t a single formal gown to admire in the entire Golden Hall. I’ll have to come back some other time for the real deal.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook leads social revolution - HITC

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook leads social revolution - HITC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Facebook is the dominant social network in most of the world outside Russia, China and Iran. As of the end of last year, it claimed more than 1 billion users globally: 351 million in Asia, 276 million in Europe, 199 million in North America and 362 million elsewhere. It has annual revenue of $7.9 billion and a market valuation of $150 billion. No company ever become as valuable in its first 10 years. Bloomberg estimates that 10 of the top 23 Silicon Valley billionaires are Facebook co-founders, executives or investors.
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Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation - InformationWeek

Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation - InformationWeek | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

State provides $3 million to launch Massachusetts Open Cloud Project, a university-industry partnership to build a new public cloud computing infrastructure for big data researchers, innovators.


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MIT Students Raise Money to Distribute Bitcoin Among Undergraduates - CryptoCoinsNews

MIT Students Raise Money to Distribute Bitcoin Among Undergraduates - CryptoCoinsNews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

his form of student-lead exploration into cutting-edge technologies is a continuation of a long-standing tradition at the prominent academic institution. Over $500,000 has already been raised to cover all 4,528 prospective undergrads from 25 MIT alumni and those in the Bitcoin community. Rubin, a sophomore in computer science, said “Giving students access to cryptocurrencies is analogous to providing them with internet access at the dawn of the internet era”. This statement echoes many other Bitcoin advocates who regularly draw parallels between the information revolution caused by the internet and the financial liberty that the Bitcoin protocol could offer users. Ruben explains the entrepreneurial relevance of the scheme: “Everybody has access to the Internet, right — so you want to launch a webapp? Everybody can do that. You want to launch a bitcoin or cryptocurrency app? That’s a little bit harder … you can’t test it in your immediate friend group. But hopefully [that’s] what we’ll enable.”

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How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Helsinki has always had a top-notch statistics bureau. Now, it's bringing that data online, and making it regional.
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You Don't Have To Be Desperate To Believe That Trust Is A Good Thing - Techdirt

You Don't Have To Be Desperate To Believe That Trust Is A Good Thing - Techdirt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Wired Magazine recently had an interesting cover story entitled How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other. It's a basic discussion of how much of the so-called "sharing economy" is built around trust, and how that's a sort of surprising thing, considering how little people tend to trust each other. Over at New York Magazine, writer Kevin Roose played the grumpy contrarian, arguing that the success of the sharing company has nothing to do with trust, but is all about desperation. And thus a big debate has kicked off. I'm going to argue that the debate is meaningless because it's not an either/or situation and neither point really matters much anyway. 

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The Push to Regulate the 'Sharing Economy' - New York Times

The Push to Regulate the 'Sharing Economy' - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most of our hosts are everyday people who use Airbnb to help pay their bills, cover unexpected costs and afford the rising costs of living. They rent out their own homes on an occasional basis, bringing travelers to all five boroughs and proudly sharing the city they love so much. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York hard, almost 1,500 Airbnb hosts opened up their homes — for free — to displaced New Yorkers.

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Google+ should stop trying to rival Facebook - Wired.co.uk

Google+ should stop trying to rival Facebook - Wired.co.uk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announced the nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe April 29, with Tony host Hugh Jackman also popping up to remind theater fans to watch the telecast live on CBS on June 8. The new musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder led the pack with ten nominations, with the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch trailing closely behind with eight nominations. The new musicals After Midnight and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical each received seven nominations, as did the revivals of The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night. As for new plays this season, Act One garnered the most nominations, with five. A complete list of this year’s nominees follows.

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Hackaday offers a trip into space for the best do-it-yourself hardware - VentureBeat

Hackaday offers a trip into space for the best do-it-yourself hardware - VentureBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Through its Hackaday.com website, SupplyFrame is offeringThe Hackaday Prize, a hardware contest where the grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip to space on a carrier of your choice. The call for entries is now open. The prize is a recognition of the growing movement of hardware hackers who celebrate do-it-yourself, innovative, open hardware projects, said program director Kathy Astromoff in an interview with VentureBeat.

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The Hackaday Prize: You Build Open Hardware, We Send You to Space

The Hackaday Prize: You Build Open Hardware, We Send You to Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  For weeks we've been teasing you that something BIG was coming. This is it. Six months from now one hardware hacker will claim The Hackaday Prize and in doing so, secure the grand prize of a...
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Designing and Building an "Open-Hardware" Laptop - Tested.com

Designing and Building an "Open-Hardware" Laptop - Tested.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Notable hardware hacker bunnie Huang is building a completely open laptop, and you may be able to buy one too. (RT @novenakosagi: . @testedcom ran a nice article including a Q&A interview with @bunniestudios about novena.
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