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The Aztecs of Mexico: A Zero Waste Society

The Aztecs of Mexico: A Zero Waste Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While technological innovation is often seen as the answer to modern waste problems, what can we learn from the historical methods used by great ancient societies such as the Aztecs of Mexico?
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The answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system

The answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A group of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs wants to bring fresh, local, organic food to backyards and communities around the world, and they’re doing it with a specially designed greenhouse system described as a “self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store.”

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What’s in a Word? DarkMarket Becomes OpenBazaar

What’s in a Word? DarkMarket Becomes OpenBazaar | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
DarkMarket, billed as “opensource, uncensored, and private” for the next generation of digital black markets, has taken a note from the reddit community and changed its name to “OpenBazaar” in order to improve its public image. 


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Economics, Finance and Crisis - CounterPunch

Economics, Finance and Crisis - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is a popular cliché that the political right sticks together to support ‘right’ causes while the left tears itself apart over internecine squabbles. The challenge back is that there hasn’t really been a left to speak of in the US for the last thirty-five or so years. Undoubtedly there have been a lot of people fighting the good fight from left perspectives. But the face of the left put forward in public debates has been of center-right actors playing politicians and economists to push ideas and policies in sync with the interests of the rightward-moving social order— hegemony in Antonio Gramsci’s explanation of social apologetics. The problem today is that these ideas and policies are to some fair extent responsible for current circumstance. When self-described liberal economists like Paul Krugman pushed the antique contrivance of ‘comparative advantage’ to legitimate ‘free-trade’ policies, including outsourcing Western jobs to low wage countries, their public posture as compassionate liberals effectively sold the idea to people who trusted them but who may have failed to understand the economics. Similarly when Democrat Presidents sold bank deregulation on the basis of economic ‘efficiency’ and bank bailouts to ‘save the economy’ they added liberal ‘legitimacy’ to economic ideas that the radical right could not have effectively sold only a generation before.

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12 insights from Seth Godin on the emotional marketing revolution — Get In Front Communications

12 insights from Seth Godin on the emotional marketing revolution — Get In Front Communications | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today, best-selling author Seth Godin shared his thoughts on social media marketing, creativity, and business relationships. Godin was the guest on a webinar organized byVocus, a provider of cloud marketing software.

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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:15 PM

To this, I say "meh."

 

What have humans done with our current biological brains but make a gigantic mess of our planet without having the sense to even acknowledge and clean up after ourselves?

 

The sooner we correct our brains' function and perpetually limited perception, much like how we correct our vision with glasses, or our hearing with hearing aids, the sooner we'll be better off.

 

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

 

Think about it.

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Creating Collaborative Platforms for More Effective Innovation

Creating Collaborative Platforms for More Effective Innovation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today, it is widely accepted that no organization has all the knowledge it needs to innovate and compete successfully. Partnerships and open innovation initiatives are the order of the day. Companies create their own platforms – e.g. Procter & Gamble’s Connect & Develop – to reduce the friction involved and systematically reach out to a wide variety of potential partners.
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Rethink, reclaim The Commons - Common Ground.ca

Rethink, reclaim The Commons - Common Ground.ca | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The challenge is to learn to see The Commons and more importantly, tothink like a commoner. For years, David Bollier has explored The Commons as a policy strategist and an international activist. He has spent his time writing and collaborating and editing 12 books as well as founding onthecommons.org and blogging at Bollier.org

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Mayor Lee's Sharing Economy Working Group Is Hardly Working - SFist

Mayor Lee's Sharing Economy Working Group Is Hardly Working - SFist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As mayor during a particularly tumultuous time in the city's growth, Ed Lee has been a leader in calling for task forces and working groups to integrate our local government with the ever-changing tech industry. One such group was Lee's Sharing Economy Working Group, which launched in 2012 and proceeded to do exactly nothing over the next two years.

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Tegan Monique Gaan: Brand Differentiation Is Key in the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Tegan Monique Gaan: Brand Differentiation Is Key in the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Founding any company in this day and age is difficult; building out a marketplace takes the cake. That said, collaborative consumption models are popping up left, right and center. So how do we differentiate?

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Steve Humphreys: Taxis Can Thrive in a Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Steve Humphreys: Taxis Can Thrive in a Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

By now, we’ve all heard the familiar refrain that taxis are being left behind by Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other transportation apps, simply because the taxi industry failed to embrace technology. It’s just not true. The taxi industry has a long history of adopting technology in ways that benefit riders, drivers and the companies responsible for putting them together. Just a few examples of where technology and taxis have successfully intersected include the taximeter in the 1890s, radio dispatch in the 1940s, and the computer dispatch system, launched in the 1980s. While it may seem that taxis are late to the game with mobile apps, it’s easy to forget that Uber started only a few years ago, and Lyft even more recently.

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Mark Gilbreath: Sharing Economy at Work: The Consumerization of Enterprise - The Accelerators - WSJ

Mark Gilbreath: Sharing Economy at Work: The Consumerization of Enterprise  - The Accelerators - WSJ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most of the now household names in the sharing economy seeded their explosive popularity by providing consumers with convenience and an irresistible end-to-end experience. Night out on the town? Tap Uber. Wanna go native on that weekend in Paris?  Tap Airbnb. Bloodied your knuckles trying to assemble that new desk? Tap TaskRabbit.

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Hackaday wants to send you to space

Hackaday wants to send you to space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The submission guidelines are actually intentionally vague, according to the website, because Hackaday doesn’t want to limit the creativity of designers: “You must actually build something, it must involve some type of electronics that are connected to something.” The only catch, outside of having to be 13 years of age, is that it must be an “open” project,

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3D-printed house built in Amsterdam

3D-printed house built in Amsterdam | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Architects in Amsterdam have started building what they say is one of the world's first full-sized 3D-printed houses.

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LifePOD: a moveable greenhouse structure with a full array of complementary growing technologies that allows for hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic growing

LifePOD: a moveable greenhouse structure with a full array of complementary growing technologies that allows for hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic growing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The system, which can be built to measure anywhere from 150 to 200 square feet, features a number of innovations that can make growing your own food more sustainable, and create a fresh food oasis literally anywhere. In order to get the first lifePOD built and running near Montréal, a crowdfunding campaign is looking to raise about $20,000 for materials, skilled labor, and other supplies. A plot of land has already been donated to the project, which will help feed the community of Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot and allow for further documentation of the process of building and running the greenhouse in order to guide others in building more of these structures." 

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Book Review: Hawking Incorporated -- Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject

Book Review: Hawking Incorporated -- Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology and the Knowing Subject by Hélène Mialet that deserves a spot on every Transhumanist's bookshelf.
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Information Wars and Civil Resistance: Network Communities vs. States and Corporations

Information Wars and Civil Resistance: Network Communities vs. States and Corporations | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

phaThe world has undergone drastic changes over the last few decades. The essence of our time is the transition from the modern society of the Industrial Age to the post-modern (post-industrial) society of the Information Age. What we are witnessing today is anotherphase transition – a unique era in the history of mankind characterized by a paramount economic, social and political earthquake before a revolutionary leap onto a new technological level.

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Ultimaker Co-Founder at TEDxUTRECHT - 3D Printing Industry

Ultimaker Co-Founder at TEDxUTRECHT - 3D Printing Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Siert Wijnia, one of the co-founders of Ultimaker attended TEDxUTRECHT to talk about the impact of 3D Printers.
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The Internet of Things and the Eclipse of Capitalism - Data Informed

The Internet of Things and the Eclipse of Capitalism - Data Informed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things will connect every thing with everyone in an integrated global network. People, machines, natural resources, production lines, logistics networks, consumption habits, recycling flows, and virtually every other aspect of economic and social life will be linked via sensors and software to the IoT platform, continually feeding Big Data to every node – businesses, homes, vehicles – moment to moment, in real time. Big Data, in turn, will be processed with advanced analytics, transformed into predictive algorithms, and programmed into automated systems to improve thermodynamic efficiencies, dramatically increase productivity, and reduce the marginal cost of producing and delivering a full range of goods and services to near zero across the entire economy.



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▶ Chris Newfield - The Humanities in the Post-Capitalist University - YouTube

The humanities disciplines have been asked to defend their value yet again, and various projects have risen to the task. Many of these defenses take the form of showing that the humanities have positive economic impacts.

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Economics is too important to leave to the experts - The Guardian

Economics is too important to leave to the experts - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You wouldn't have guessed it, given the fanfare surrounding the 0.8% growth figure for the first quarter of 2014, but people in the United Kingdom have been living through a period worse than Japan's infamous "lost decade" of the 1990s.

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Have You Joined the Sharing Economy? - U.S. News & World Report

Have You Joined the Sharing Economy? - U.S. News & World Report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As you probably noticed, many companies have a business model dependent on people sharing consumer goods. Their websites match people who have a commodity and want to share it with others for a price. In the old days – a few years ago – we might have called this renting. But "sharing" has taken off, probably because it sounds much friendlier and more fun, and renting makes you think of contracts and hidden fees. Who doesn't like to share?

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The sharing economy gets personal - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The sharing economy gets personal - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy isn't new to the Twin Cities. In fact, businesses like Car2GoHOURCARNice Ride, and CoCo coworking, among others, have changed how we live, work, and play. They're part of a larger disruptive business model that's been the positive result of the economic crisis and changing mindsets about work, behavior, and consumption.

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Raj Kapoor: Lessons on the Offline Experience in the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Raj Kapoor: Lessons on the Offline Experience in the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As a serial entrepreneur and “recovering” venture capitalist, I’ve had my hand in a fair share of disruptive companies riding the Internet, mobile, and e-commerce waves. The most recent wave, which may be more of a tsunami, is what the “sharing economy” is doing to the global services industry through marketplaces such as Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, and fitmob.

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Open Hardware Summit: annual conference by the Open Source Hardware Association

The Open Hardware Summit is the annual conference organized by theOpen Source Hardware Association and the world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware; a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing Open Source Hardware movement. The 2013 OHS will be held September 6, 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  It is chaired by Addie Wagenknecht and co-chaired by Simone Cicero.

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