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The Killer App For Sharing Is Cities

The Killer App For Sharing Is Cities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The urban environment, where people want connections and convenience, is where the vision will come together.
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The Emerging Collaborative Economy in Australia

Over the last five years, an explosive number of businesses around the world have emerged that tap into the power of technology tenable people to connect with each other and share and exchange all ...

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Before the Internet, there was the Roomnet - Boston Globe

Before the Internet, there was the Roomnet - Boston Globe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While working in a remote location, we learned to gather information the old-fashioned way.
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The Innovators by Walter Isaacson review – a lucid, thrilling and amusing history of the digital age

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson review – a lucid, thrilling and amusing history of the digital age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Revolutions usually leave ancient institutions tottering, societies shaken, the streets awash with blood. But what Walter Isaacson calls the “digital revolution” has kept its promise to liberate mankind. Enrichment for the few has been balanced by empowerment for the rest of us, and we can all – as the enraptured Isaacson says – enjoy a “sublime user experience” when we turn on our computers. Wikipedia gives us access to a global mind; on social media we can chat with friends we may never meet and who might not actually exist; blogs “democratise public discourse” by giving a voice to those who were once condemned to mute anonymity. Has heaven really come down to our wired-up, interconnected Earth?
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3D printing used to make mud huts in impoverished areas

3D printing used to make mud huts in impoverished areas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An Italian firm is using 3D printing to build affordable housing in poverty stricken areas. The printers use materials such as mud and natural fibers.
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Simon Read: It is time to think again about ethical money

Simon Read: It is time to think again about ethical money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This weekend marks the launch of Good Money Week. Haven’t heard of it?
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Uber will eventually replace all its drivers with self-driving cars

Uber will eventually replace all its drivers with self-driving cars | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Uber will eventually replace the people who drive its cars with cars that drive themselves, CEO Travis Kalanick said today at the Code Conference. A day after Google unveiled the prototype for its own driverless vehicle, Kalanick was visibly excited at the prospect of developing a fleet of driverless vehicles, which he said would make car ownership rare. "The reason Uber could be expensive is because you're not just paying for the car — you're paying for the other dude in the car," Kalanick said. "When there's no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle. So the magic there is, you basically bring the cost below the cost of ownership for everybody, and then car ownership goes away."

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Sooner than later, one hopes.

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Social (Network) Unionism and Social (Networked) Strike by Tiziana Terranova

Social (Network) Unionism and Social (Networked) Strike by Tiziana Terranova | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, European social movements have struggled to find new ways of cooperating and connecting in order to oppose the verticalization of European governance. Following the crash of 2008, in fact, a regime of austerity, that is severe cuts to public spending, has gone together with a remodulation of modes of welfare and work inspired by the German model. This model has seen the massive introduction of part-time, badly paid jobs (the so called mini-jobs ) which are part of a system of workfare where the state makes sure that everybody is forced to accept whatever job available through a new capillary control of recipients’ lives. 

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Australian unemployment union wants to represent the out of work

Australian unemployment union wants to represent the out of work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Owen Bennett mastered the art of sweeping the floor but little else during a work-for-the-dole stint at an op-shop after he left school.
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Neil Postman - technology is no substitute for human values - YouTube

Neil Postman offers a critique of our modern philosophical condition by challenging our widely held assumptions concerning education, technology and media. His new book is called "Building a Bridge to the Nineteenth Century". (Original broadcast 2000)

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The Anxieties of Big Data

The Anxieties of Big Data | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
2014 is the year we learned about Squeaky Dolphin. That’s the Pynchon-worthy code name for a secret program created by British intelligence agency GCHQ to monitor millions of YouTube views and Facebook likes in real time. Of course, this was just one of many en masse data-collection programs exposed in Edward Snowden’s smuggled haul. But the Squeaky Dolphin PowerPoint deck reveals something more specific. It outlines an expansionist program to bring big data together with the more traditional approaches of the social and humanistic sciences: the worlds of small data. GCHQ calls it the Human Science Operations Cell, and it is all about supplementing data analysis with broader sociocultural tools from anthropology, sociology, political science, biology, history, psychology, and economics.
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Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?" by Peter Joseph - YouTube

UPDATE: *Season One, two DVD Set now available. Help support future episodes:
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How the crowd, not medical professionals, will lead the health-tech revolution

How the crowd, not medical professionals, will lead the health-tech revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Forty percent of patients want to use technology to deal with health issues without visiting a physician’s office. Just 17 percent of physicians are in favor.
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Ethical investment figures revealed

Ethical investment figures revealed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tens of millions of pounds have been invested in community renewables schemes in the past few years, a report said.



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Chris Anderson Q&A: Drone Entrepreneur Talks About His New Company, GoPros, And The Future Of Drones

Chris Anderson Q&A: Drone Entrepreneur Talks About His New Company, GoPros, And The Future Of Drones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
He and his kids googled "flying robot" and ended up building advanced technology on their dining room table.
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Majority of millennials don’t have a college degree — and that’s going to cost all of us

Majority of millennials don’t have a college degree — and that’s going to cost all of us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of hoopla in the media about how Millennials are the best-educated generation in history, blah, blah, blah. But according to a Pew survey, that’s a distortion of reality. In fact, two-thirds of Millennials between ages 25 and 32 don’t have a bachelor’s degree. The education gap among this generation is higher than for any other in history in terms of how those with a college degree will fare compared to those without. Reflecting a trend that has been gaining momentum in the rest of America, Millennials are rapidly getting sorted into winners and losers. Most of them are losing. That’s going to cost this generation a lot —and the rest of society, too.
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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story - Daily Beast

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story - Daily Beast | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the Web pages they were viewing. It turned Web surfers into passive consumers of published content. That lapse was partly mitigated by the rise of blog­ging, which encouraged user-generated content. In 1995 another me­dium was invented that went further toward facilitating collaboration on the Web. It was called a wiki, and it worked by allowing users to modify Web pages—not by having an editing tool in their browser but by clicking and typing directly onto Web pages that ran wiki software.

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3D printing e-NABLE hands at the Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire

3D printing e-NABLE hands at the Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the recent Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire a group of Hong Kong entrepreneurs and students held a 72 hour session to redesign an e-NABLE hand.
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One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What's Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola

One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What's Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A picture is worth 1,000 hysterical cable news segments.
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Digital Labor 2014

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity. #DL14

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▶ Can We Ditch Capitalism? Russell Brand The Trews (E170) - YouTube

I talk to author and activist Daniel Pinchbeck about the future of our planet and the possibility of exploring new dimensions. Subscribe Here Now: http://tinyurl.com/opragcg and send links to video news items of topical stories that you'd like me to analyse.
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Jacques Ellul - The Betrayal by Technology part 1 of 6 - YouTube

Philosopher and Sociologist Jacques Ellul explains how technology is not "neutral" and is implicated in every aspect of social relations. I hope this video helps explain why green anarchists are not setting for less when they defend small-scale organization.
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Spanish lawmakers to kill CC licensing | P2P Foundation

Spanish lawmakers to kill CC licensing | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As usual, Spanish politicians react with fear and repression when confronted with the effects of new ways of sharing information: they are preparing a new law (to go with the ones restricting crowdfunding and services like AirBnB and Uber) to tax those who wish to share information freely. The pattern appears to be: existing industry feels threatened, lobbies government, government passes legislation to hamper innovations. The individual merits of each new service can be argued but anyone who knows the way the conservative government in Madrid generally thinks and reacts, we can be pretty sure they do not understand the milieu in which they are attempting to act.
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Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

Trust, morality -- and oxytocin? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
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Bitcoin Social Revolution Documentary Teaser - YouTube

History teacher Dan Falcone and English teacher Saul Isaacson spoke with Noam Chomsky in his Cambridge office on September 16, 2014, about education and indoctrination, the 1960s, the Powell memorandum, democracy, the creation of ISIS, the media and the way "capitalism" actually works in the United States.

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