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Why Patents Are Bad for Plants - P2P Foundation

Why Patents Are Bad for Plants - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Myers contends that, when applied to plants, patents are stifling. They discourage sharing, and sharing is the foundation of successful breeding. That’s because his work is essentially just assisting natural evolution: He mates one plant with another, which in turn makes new combinations of genes from which better plants are selected. The more plants there are to mix, the more combinations are made, and the more opportunities there are to create better plants. Even some breeders who work for the companies that are doing the patenting still believe in—indeed, long for—the ability to exchange seed.

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Question the Powerful: Communitarianism Revisited

Question the Powerful: Communitarianism Revisited | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Communitarian concerns for mutuality and solidarity can be traced back to ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers and mainstream world religions. They came to be embraced in action by working class movements, cooperative Owenites and others in the 19th century. The ethos of cultivating democratic cooperation to build inclusive communities, where none will be left to the whim and mercy of others, became an inspiration to all who want an alternative to regimes that only regard might (military, hierarchical, or increasingly, economic) as right.

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WeChat, One Of The World's Most Powerful Apps - Forbes

WeChat, One Of The World's Most Powerful Apps - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the hype of Alibaba’s IPO continues to soar, let’s not forget Tencent and its ubiquitous mobile app, WeChat that threatens Alibaba’s future growth in mobile. Even in it’s F-1 filing, Alibaba admits that its ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving mobile commerce trend is a significant risk factor. Alibaba is genuinely concerned over Tencent’s dominant position in mobile, especially its key weapon of WeChat.

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This 3-D Printing Pen Will Change How You Write Forever

Now you can watch your notebook doodles come to life.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Commons Sense New thinking about an old idea

“Throughout the globe there is a blossoming of interest in the old idea of ‘the commons’. For many, it offers a radical escape from the all-too-apparent devastations of capitalism and the impoverishments of a world possessed by the idea of possession. For these commoners, the commons were not all lost with the European land enclosures of the sixteenth century, but continue to be produced, enclosed, and reclaimed today. For them, commoning implies an abandonment of the rule of ‘the economy’ that reduces us to hyper-individualised consumers, and more and more of the natural world to resources that can be bought and sold. It carries promises of more convivial, communal and enspirited relationships and transformations in the material quality of people’s lives. Defiantly utopian, as a first step, these commoners call on us to ‘clean our gaze’ so we can see existing commons and, more importantly, see the quiet revolution that is underway in actual movements of the common people.

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Context Cards: A Peek At Facebook's 5&Year Plan - Co.Design

Context Cards: A Peek At Facebook's 5&Year Plan - Co.Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week, Facebook began testing new features you may spot within the Facebook iPhone app. They’re called context cards (unofficially), and whenever you check in to a place a la Foursquare, or mention that you’re reading a certain book, these white cards being tested with some users might pop up in your News Feed to tell you what your friends think about your taste in restaurant or the way that book ended.

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Marc Andreessen on Venture Capital and the Digital Future | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

Marc Andreessen on Venture Capital and the Digital Future | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and co-creator of the early web browser Mosaic, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how success in venture capital is more about winners that you missed and not losers that you backed.
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Is the 'Sharing Economy' a New Paradigm for American Capitalism? - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Is the 'Sharing Economy' a New Paradigm for American Capitalism? - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A mushy phrase gives liberals cover to join the fight against big government. (Is the #SharingEconomy a new paradigm for American capitalism?
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Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance - Truth-Out

Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Marxian playwright Bertolt Brecht declared of revolutionary art: "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." Brecht's work - whose artistic career in Germany (except for his exile during the Nazi era, after which he returned to found the Berliner Ensemble Theater company in East Berlin) spanned from the Russian Revolution to his death in 1966 - illustrated, during his career, that revolutionary art must avoid the pitfalls of becoming co-opted by propaganda or commercialization.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Rushkoff: “Punching nerds in the face is never a good thing”

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Rushkoff: “Punching nerds in the face is never a good thing” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner — the annual opportunity for the President to engage directly, and humorously, with reporters who cover him — it was expected that most of the jibes would be aimed at Barack Obama. Sure, he gets the chance to defend himself, but it’s pretty much a roast: A leading comedian is invited every year to make jokes, while the commander in chief tries to laugh instead of squirm.

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Save The Internet - Talk Radio News Service

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However, as this comment period begins, our activism could be the only thing standing in the way of a pay-for-play internet. ... to protect net neutrality.

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Lawmakers Confront Privacy Concerns in Big Data Era - HSToday

Lawmakers Confront Privacy Concerns in Big Data Era - HSToday | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The number and severity of recent security breaches that compromised hundreds of thousands of consumers’ personal information was a wake-up call that the legal framework for protection of data privacy has largely failed to maintain pace with the explosion of big data analytics. In response, lawmakers and business executives are talking about new ways to raise awareness about security threats and implement regulations to ensure data privacy keeps pace with the challenges of the big data era.    

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Jawbone founder: the web hasn’t really empowered average people the way it promised to

Jawbone founder: the web hasn’t really empowered average people the way it promised to | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Opinions are everywhere, pretty much everyone in the world has them. These opinions have a right to be aired irrespective of who you are, where you live and what you do. This what Jawbone founder Alex Asseily believes.

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Linux for Lettuce | VQR Online

Linux for Lettuce | VQR Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

From a distance, Jim Myers looks like an ordinary farmer. Most autumn mornings, he stands thigh-deep in a field of wet broccoli, beheading each plant with a single, sure swipe of his harvest knife. But under his waders are office clothes, and on his wrist is an oversized digital watch with a push-button calculator on its face. As his hand cuts, his eyes record data: stalk length and floret shape, the purple hue of perfect heads and the silver specks that foretell rot. At day’s end his broccoli goes to the food bank or the compost bin—it doesn’t really matter. He’s there to harvest information.

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Catholic Economics, Part 6: How Much We’ve Lost - Aleteia

Catholic Economics, Part 6: How Much We’ve Lost - Aleteia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of “all of us”, made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society…To desire the  common good and strive towards it  is a requirement of justice and charity…The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbours, the more effectively we love them. Every Christian is called to practise this charity, in a manner corresponding to his vocation and according to the degree of influence he wields in thepólis. (p. 7)


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Autodesk unveils Spark, an open software 3D-printing platform ...

Autodesk unveils Spark, an open software 3D-printing platform ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Autodesk, best known for software that help people design in 3D, has unveiled a new open software platform for 3D printing called Spark, along with a 3D printer to showcase the software.

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5 Ways the Poor Are More Ethical Than the Rich

5 Ways the Poor Are More Ethical Than the Rich | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Many wealthy Americans believe that dysfunctional behavior causes poverty. Their own success, they would insist, derives from good character and a strict work ethic. But they would be missing some of the facts. Ample evidence exists to show a correlation between wealth and unethical behavior, and between wealth and a lack of empathy for others, and between wealth and unproductiveness. 

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The Collective Intelligence of the Web - New Yorker (blog)

The Collective Intelligence of the Web - New Yorker (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week, Facebook began testing new features you may spot within the Facebook iPhone app. They’re called context cards (unofficially), and whenever you check in to a place a la Foursquare, or mention that you’re reading a certain book, these white cards being tested with some users might pop up in your News Feed to tell you what your friends think about your taste in restaurant or the way that book ended.

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Economic Instablity - Bernard Lietaer Lecture

Economic instability is created by the the monoculture of money, according to Bernard Lietaer, in this lecture. Lietaer calls for a greater diversity of alte.

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David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is much that is valuable in Piketty’s data sets. But his explanation as to why the inequalities and oligarchic tendencies arise is seriously flawed. His proposals as to the remedies for the inequalities are naïve if not utopian. And he has certainly not produced a working model for capital of the twenty-first century. For that we still need Marx or his modern-day equivalent.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 19, 2014 8:52 AM

If you applied the logic of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory to economics, it would make perfect intutive sense as to how economies with high inequality remain stagnant and how high inequality happens when there is no distributive function applied an economy.  Very simply put, when people aren't able to afford to buy, invest or save, the economy isn't able to grow because of the lack of participants in the market.  Access is denied, and people are stuck using their increasingly meager earnings to buy necessities rather than the goods, services and investments that they'd ordinarily be making, not to mention also being less able to save safely to guard against economc misfortune.  That's how the economy stagnates when only a few are allowed to have so much while many are denied the ability to maximize their well being and quality of life.

 

As for how this comes to be, it's simply a case of wealth enabling one to accumulate more wealth, especially if they're disinclined to spend money on a regular basis.  The current rich reflect those who have husbanded money and essentially hoarded it, relative to what they brought in, thus enabling them to accumulate more and more of it through low-risk capital investments.  Their priority is the accumuation of financial wealth, not necessarily the enjoyment of it. There's also the social network that wealth enables, which helps to preserve the production of wealth amogst a few individuals who are able to stay well connected to one another.

 

Factor in the policy changes and chages in attitude that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher brought into government during the 1980's, and you've got the poitical conditions conducive to allowing economic inequality to thrive and real economies to stagnate.  Think of it as a change in operating system on a computer drive.  The different programs instituted and present in government enabled conditions in society to tend towards these less equal and less growth conducive states that we're all presently in.

 

Therefore, taxation possibly isn't the answer, but an increase in wages across the board to reflect the real profit value of labor in the market.  These concepts were known at the time of Adam Smith and advocated for by Adam Smith, as opposed to the traditional "laissez-faire" attitude that has been ascribed to him after a serious misinterpretation of his work, "The Wealth of Nations".  It's important to remember that Mr. Smith viewed profit as something that should not be had in "immoderate amounts" and that it is secondary to the well being and rent value of the economy (which is where David Ricardo steps in to advocate for a minimum wage based on rent/profit value of the work that is produced in the economy.  Marx foresaw the inherent flaws in the Capitalist system and predicted its downfall very accurately (although some 150-200 years early) and none of them foresaw or thought of the environmental impacts of our economic activity that is more vital to our survival and well being than any amount of economic growth, real or unreal.

 

It's time we really get away from the Neoclassicists and especially the Neoliberals who don't view the economy as the complex system that it is.  There is no lasting equilibrium in the economy, and everything doesn't balance out into neat, rational little equations.  It's a large messy system that we're only starting to get insight into, and it's time we take that into consideration along with its interconnectiveness to our governments, our societies, our environments and our universes and social relations.  Failure to do this will result in continued poor policy from both the Left and the Right and people will just get frustrated with the politcal powers that be, regardless of ideology, and just swing helplessly back and forth from mediocrity to mediocrity, until the string snaps and they go into another level of mediocrity.

 

It's sad.  It's predictable.  It's the story of us.  And I see no reason to believe that the present is going to be really any different than it has for the past several thousand years.

 

Think about it.

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Stigmergic dimensions of Online Creative Interaction | Learning ...

Stigmergic dimensions of Online Creative Interaction | Learning ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This paper examines the stigmergic dimensions of online interactive creativity through the lens ofPicbreeder. Picbreeder is a web-based system for collaborative interactive evolution of images. The Picbreeder applet starts by randomly generating several images, which are then mated and mutated based on the user’s selections. The user can then publish the image to the Picbreeder website where other users can download and continue the image’s evolution. Within this process, users collaboratively create images with significant complexity, all without explicit communication. In short, Picbreeder encourages a new form ofstigmergic collaborative creation. The most surprising result of the Picbreeder experiment during more than 3 years of operation has been the quality of the  resulting images, despite the limited ways of interacting with other users. This fact challenges some commonly held notions of creativity, both online and offline. 

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Return of the machines - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Return of the machines - Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

They make remote-controlled submarines, Harry Potter wands, Iron Man helmets, pool cues, and custom wheelchair ramps. They can make almost anything.

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Research says young people today are more narcissistic than ever - ABC Online

Research says young people today are more narcissistic than ever - ABC Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

According to new research, young people today are significantly more narcissistic than during the 1980s and 1990s. Are we in the middle of a narcissism epidemic and, if so, who or what is to blame? Lynne Malcolm investigates. 


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The new technologies that will change human civilization as we know it - h+ Magazine

The new technologies that will change human civilization as we know it - h+ Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most adults alive today grew up without the Internet or mobile phones, let alone smartphones and tablets with voice commands and apps for everything. These new technologies have altered our lifestyle in a way few of us could have imagined a few decades ago. But have we reached the end of the line ? What else could turn up that could make our lives so much more different ? Faster computers ? More gadgets ? It is in fact so much more than that. Technologies have embarked on an exponential growth curve and we are just getting started. In 10 years we will look back on our life today and wonder how we could have lived with such primitive technology. The gap will be bigger than between today and the 1980's. Get ready because you are in for a rough ride.

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Can We Keep the Internet Free? - Toward Freedom

Can We Keep the Internet Free? - Toward Freedom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet is no longer just a “virtual” public square—it’s the actual one. We debate critical issues online. We launch social movements with tweets. Independent media sites and citizen journalists have outposts in every part of the Web. Stories break all the time, from a range of sources. Advocacy groups collect data and blast information to their activists. Social media provides news scoops ahead of press releases.


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