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Technology and the Intelligence of Nature

Technology and the Intelligence of Nature | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Charles Eisenstein shares his concerns about how pervasive the 'technology will fix it' mentality has become, and proposes an entirely different approach to healing our current ecological and social crises.

 

"In the United States, we respond to the failure of metal detectors, lockdowns, and other forms of control in our schools by calling for even more control. European countries unable to pay their debts are lent even more money, with the proviso that they try even harder to pay their debts. Imperialist powers apply military violence to fight the terrorism that is a response to previous imperialism and violence. Doctors prescribe drugs to address the side-effects caused by other drugs. Urban planners address traffic congestion by building more roads (which leads to more development and more traffic). And millions of people manage the emptiness of a life of material acquisition by buying more material possessions."

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"Technology in service to Earth includes things like regenerative agriculture and permaculture to heal the soil, replenish the aquifers, and sequester carbon. It includes green energy technologies, conservation technologies, bioremediation, wetlands restoration, zero-waste manufacturing, anything that contributes to the health of the planet and its ecosystems."

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Deepak Chopra: Social Media is the Next Phase of Humanity [VIDEO]

Deepak Chopra: Social Media is the Next Phase of Humanity [VIDEO] | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

“Technology is our creation; we weren’t created by technology, so let’s use our creation to bring about a healing,” Chopra said. “At the most fundamental level, we are not just connected, we are inseparable.”


But harnessing the power of social media, to become something larger than just networking, Chopra said, is a choice for humanity to make — the world is still at a crossroads. Although he said technology itself is neutral, he espoused a message of hope, saying that if harnessed for good, technology could lead the world to a place of good and produce a united solution for the challenges of the world.


“What drones can’t do, what the armies can’t do, what the weapons can’t do, what the weapons of mass destruction can’t do, what biological warfare can’t do — we can do through technology to heal the world,” Chopra said.


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What is the future of storytelling? Immersion, interactivity, integration and impact

What is the future of storytelling? Immersion, interactivity, integration and impact | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
As consumer technology evolves at an ever-quickening pace, opportunities for new forms of storytelling are emerging. Experimentation is all well and good, but what do audiences actually want? To answer this question, research group Latitude has interviewed 158 early adopters and compiled a report that forms the first phase of its The Future of Storytelling project.

 

Unsurprisingly, these early adopters are keen to take advantage of everything that technology has to offer. Their key demands are summarized in Latitude’s report as ‘The 4 I’s': Immersion, Interactivity, Integration and Impact. Essentially, they want to be able to explore a story in greater depth, and have it reach out of the confines of a single medium and play out in ‘the real world’....


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Make the UN Data-Driven

Make the UN Data-Driven | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The UN Global Pulse is out to make the UN more data-driven. UNGP acts as an intermediary for all of the data needs of groups within the United Nations. Currently we are collecting projects to partner on with the UN, but previous DataDive projects together entailed studying low-altitude imagery of African crops to determine fertilizer effectiveness and analyzing the results of a global cellphone survey on happiness and wellbeing around the world.

 

About The United Nations Global Pulse
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world’s most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.

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Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff

Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise. One of these is that Generation Y doesn't seem to enjoy purchasing things.


The Atlantic's article "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?" mused recently about Millennials' tendency to not care about owning a vehicle. The subtitle: "Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work?"


What if it's not an "age thing" at all? What's really causing this strange new behavior (or rather, lack of behavior)? Generational segments have profound impacts on perception and behavior, but an "ownership shift" isn't isolated within the Millennial camp. A writer for USA Today shows that all ages are in on this trend, but instead of an age group, he blames the change on the cloud, the heavenly home our entertainment goes to when current media models die. As all forms of media make their journey into a digital, de-corporeal space, research shows that people are beginning to actually prefer this disconnected reality to owning a physical product.

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RADICAL OPENNESS a short, chock-full video by Jason Silva

An anthem on the power of IDEAS.


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What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire? by $techgnotic on deviantART

What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire? by $techgnotic on deviantART | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

a mind-expanding mental wormhole voyage to the future courtesy of another guest at our table, *JordanGreenhall, known to me only as the co-founder of DivX, Inc., the prestigious leader in software creation for video authoring and encoding.

 

$techgnotic:  What do you think will be the “paradigm shift” in how new superheroes (or even our traditional iconic ones) will be conceived and how their stories will be told?


*JordanGreenhall:  Personally I think that the next wave is going to be the re-absorption of the (super)hero into the hero. The superhero is largely the expression of the desire for power on the rest of the powerless. One of the major themes of the current era is the “flattening” of power and new, more complex, challenges. I sense, perhaps, a return to the more human stories of adventure and heroism to which the normal person could, in principle, actually aspire. We will be witnessing the most dramatic “leveling up” of individual power since the invention of multi-cellular life. In many ways, a mid-21st century human will be a superhero. When you speculate about cybernetics, genetic and chemical modifications, and the more esoteric man/machine interfaces (for example, one mind controlling multiple geographically separate bodies) – not much of the “superhuman” is left outside of the “adjacent possible”.

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TechCrunch | Sugar Water

TechCrunch | Sugar Water | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Almost none of the stuff on the radar of the silicon valley echo-chamber is innovative or solves any real human needs. They won't cure anyone of disease, feed a child, improve the environment, or radically improve manufacturing...

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High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop

High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.

Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.


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Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How?

Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

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"At some point in this process a tipping point will be reached. The number of people choosing freedom for their kids will be so great that there will no longer be enough public interest in the conventional schools to continue funding them. Instead, there will be a clamor to develop good safe parks, craft centers, well-equipped libraries, Sudbury-type schools where children can get away from their parents to play and explore, and other excellent public learning centers--places that provide rich opportunities for learning without compulsion. These will cost far less than do our public schools. It is very expensive to keep children in schools by compulsion, for the same reason that it is very expensive to keep convicts in penitentiaries."

 

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Finding the transcendent interest

In theory, the Internet has vastly increased the potential for human beings to work together. But we think something is missing in the collaborative venues designed by technologists thus far.

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Dibyendu De's comment, December 7, 2012 12:23 AM
I feel the way G+ is progressing it would soon be a great collaborative platform (may be combined with Twitter). Loved G+'s introduction of the new 'community' feature (today). Rest would be on human imagination and connecting various communities to share common resources.
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Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills.
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Collective Intelligence in Neural Networks and Social Networks

Collective Intelligence in Neural Networks and Social Networks | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Context for this post: I’m currently working on a social network application that demonstrates the value of connection strength and context for making networks more useful and intelligent. Connection strength and context are currently only rudimentarily and mushily implemented in social network apps. This post describes some of the underlying theory for why connection strength and context are key to next generation social network applications."


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Envisioning the future of education technology

Envisioning the future of education technology | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.

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this one is great
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Four Concepts For The Future That Could Create A More Sustainable World

Four Concepts For The Future That Could Create A More Sustainable World | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Sony teamed up with the Forum of the Future to brainstorm four scenarios of what life will be like in 2025.

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The Abundance Builders | World Future Society

The Abundance Builders | World Future Society | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Progress occurs when inventive people solve problems and create opportunities. Here are just a few of the breakthroughs that offer the brightest prospects for a future that leaves austerity and deprivation behind.

 

By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

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Putting people first » Don Tapscott: The internet’s real killer app is saving the planet

Putting people first » Don Tapscott: The internet’s real killer app is saving the planet | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

We need to rebuild our institutions around open source technology, wikis, social media and all the other distributed models that are shaping our networked world, says Tapscott, who has brought together a number of other leading thinkers – Jonathan Zittrain from Harvard and writers Parag Khanna and Richard Florida, for example – to participate in this ambitious project to reinvent the planet in our digital century.

 

It sounds highly if not over-ambitious.

 

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http://goo.gl/3E91Y

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How Stephen Wolfram Is Preparing For The Singularity

How Stephen Wolfram Is Preparing For The Singularity | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Foundation, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences."

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Jason Silva | The Emerging Singularity

Filmmaker, aesthetic philosopher and ecstatic futurist Jason Silva -- who spoke at Singularity Summit 2011 -- articulates his call for passion and artistic s...

 

"...we conjure up delightful alternative possibilites for ourselves, pick the most exctatic one and pull the present forward to meet that possibility that we conjured up in our head..." 


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