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In his annual letter to shareholders of the seed-stage incubator Betaworks, founder and CEO John Borthwick argues that while closed platforms can be valuable in the short term, open systems and services will ultimately prevail.
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Rev. Peter Owen Jones in conversation with Charles Eisenstein after a visit to the Life Cairn memorial for lost species on Mt Caburn, Sussex, UK.
Unstuck Economics: How Cooperatives and Community Enterprise Will Get Us Out of this Gigantic Mess http://t.co/6hb2L0G6
“What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it’s all about.”
To workers being pushed out of jobs by today's technology, history has a message: You're not the first.
Entropy, Biosphere Politics, "Green" Vote, Beyond Beef, End of Work, Age of Access, Biotech Century, Hydrogen Economy, European Dream, Empathic Civilization, Third Industrial Revolution: these are just some of the concepts that Jeremy Rifkin has outlined in his work throughout his long career as an economist, writer, philosopher, sociologist, historian, but first of all as a human being.
The authors show that the "collective intelligence" of groups assigned to work on problem tasks admits of reliable measurement by indicators akin to the ones used to measure "individual intelligence." An influential measure of individual intelligence is called the "g factor," or simply g. Thus, the authors call their collective intelligence measure "c factor" or "c.
Hacking collective threatens to make public classified material and that when Aaron Swartz killed himself 'a line was crossed'
If you read one book next year to help you make sense of the present moment, let it be Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff.
Composing a symphony at the age of 15, or putting forward a new scientific theory are deeds usually associated with privileged brains, minds with a large Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Titanic [...] (Is there such a thing as a collective intelligence?
For a primer on all things Bitcoin, of course, you will have had to watch Keiser Report, the ONLY international financial news programme to have covered it:
Figures from Global Web Index now track Google+ as the second largest social network in the world, with 343 million monthly active users. Can Facebook fend off competition from Google?
There has been some useful analysis on the state of the UK economy following the release of the Q4’2012 GDP figures last week (see my last post, Britain deep down). In my last post, I dealt with the apparent conundrum of the UK unemployment rate falling while the economy stagnated in real terms in 2012. I argued that the employment data hid the reality that more temporary and part-time jobs had been created to replace the loss of full-time, permanent jobs. And this was part of the explanation for the decline in unemployment and the disappearance of any productivity growth in the UK. The other key factor is the lack of sufficient investment growth as profitability remains well below the previous peak, particularly in the productive sectors of manufacturing (see my post,http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/osbornes-mess/).
“Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn’t only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.
Technologies enable people to interact, innovate and share information in totally new ways. People are empowered, business is liberated and the society is more transparent. But how to take advantage of all this? And what does it take to become a networked society?
Aaron Swartz’s death is a sobering story about the collision of free culture activism with vindicative prosecutorial powers. It’s also about an amazing tech wizard and the personal costs of his idealism. Here’s hoping that Swartz’s tragic suicide at age 26 prompts some serious reflection about the grotesque penalties for a victimless computer crime and the unchecked power of federal prosecutors to intimidate defendants. Perhaps MIT, too, should reflect deeply on its core mission as an academic institution – to help share more knowledge, not fence it off.
That seems to be the major lesson from several efforts to produce e-books that are low-cost or free to help reduce students' costs. Money pressures, slow adoption by professors, and quality concerns stand in the way as these projects hope to rival traditional publishing.
Earlier this week the Australian Pirate Party was approved by its government as a political party.
Researchers have conducted tests that show that people who spend a lot of time scrolling on Facebook are more socially isolated and more frequently depressed than those who do not.
The question, of course, poses itself: are lonely people more drawn to social networks – or does constant surfing result in loneliness over time?
The question is, do lonely people turn to social media or does social media make people lonely?
The people who spend the most amount of time on social media have more feelings of isolation and depression than those who go on it for a quick look. People say the main reason they feel lonely after looking at Facebook is because of envy and the second reason is because of lack of responses. This has become such a large issue and has led to research being done because Facebook is used worldwide and anyone can feel envy.
Could your employees be depressed or isolated because of their over use of social networks. Being able to identify pockets of low morale in your business is crucial for future success. Social isolation manifesting itself as a Facebook profile is not going to add any value to your customers, colleagues, suppliers, or brand. You can use SP Index to be more aware of your employees use of the web in order to offer support, education and improvements.
Douglas Rushkoff has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word “google” was anything more than baby talk. He predicted the coming centrality of the Internet (CYBERIA, 1992 – a book initially canceled by a publisher who feared the net would be over by the time it came out); he coined the terms “viral media” (MEDIA VIRUS, 1994) and “social currency” (Upside Magazine, 1996); he forecasted the collapse of the dotcom bubble (SXSW, 1997) and the most recent recession in a 2004 column that later became his book, LIFE INC; he even inspired today’s code literacy movement (PROGRAM OR BE PROGRAMMED, 2010). He is the author of a total of twelve bestsellers (translated to over thirty languages), the host of three award-winning documentaries, an award-winning educator and frequent media commentator.