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Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Shenzhen, China Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes. The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a crowdfunding campaign. He even shot a professional promo video
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Welcome to the world of instant manufacturing and sales of stolen ideas! The implications of this phenomenon upon creative activities may radically change the world we live in!
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The Gig Economy Won't Last Because It's Being Sued To Death

The Gig Economy Won't Last Because It's Being Sued To Death | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
If Uber, Lyft, and others don't stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?
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Time for a definition of employer.

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Airbnb, Uber, and the Global Economy of Sharing

Airbnb, Uber, and the Global Economy of Sharing | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
From taxi rides to overnight stays, the sharing economy is growing rapidly, and creating a village where your reputation is everything.
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Airbnb, Uber, and the Global Economy of Sharing

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Down With Textbooks

Down With Textbooks | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
They give students a poor understanding of what it really means to study history.
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Around the teaching of History, a devastating critique of the use of textbooks in education.

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Tim O'Reilly Says Future of eBook is a Service, Not a Product

Tim O'Reilly Says Future of eBook is a Service, Not a Product | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Yesterday I posted a blog discussing one point addressed during the CEO Roundtable at the Digital Book World Conference-namely, book discoverability.
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The eBook of the Future, Like the Map, is to Cease to be a Product to Become a Service (Tim O'Reilly)

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The Degree Is Doomed

The Degree Is Doomed | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
The traditional degree is increasingly irrelevant in a world with better tools for evaluating potential employees.
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Is the value of the degree eroding? What are the alternatives?

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The Digital News Business - Surviving 2014

The Digital News Business - Surviving 2014 | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
TweetBe Sociable, Share! Tweet Related columns: Mobile’s Rude Awakening Tweet  Mobile audiences are large and growing. Great. But their monetization is mostly a disaster.

Via Pierre Levy
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The Digital News Business - Surviving 2014

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Forbes India Magazine - The Need For a Critical Thinking Revolution

Forbes India Magazine - The Need For a Critical Thinking Revolution | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
“Linda Elder, who heads up the Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking, discusses why we need a revolution in the way we think”
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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media | TechCrunch

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media | TechCrunch | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
“TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.”
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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
"A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many."

"The dangerous time when mechanical voi
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Maria Popova reviews the book "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better", by Clive Thompson — who argues that our technological tools — from search engines to status updates to sophisticated artificial intelligence that defeats the world’s best chess players — are now inextricably linked to our minds, working in tandem with them and profoundly changing the way we remember, learn, and “act upon that knowledge emotionally, intellectually, and politically” — a promising rather than perilous thing.
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Sapping Attention: Some long term perspective on the "crisis" in humanities enrollment

Sapping Attention: Some long term perspective on the "crisis" in humanities enrollment | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it

Via Pierre Levy
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A closer look at the crisis in humanities enrollment.

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Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future - Forbes

Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future - Forbes | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife Finally, some statistics to prove the stereotypes right. According to a recent survey from Millennial Branding and Payscale, Millenials really are most likely to be employed in service industry jobs.
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Contradictions of a High-Tech Social World

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Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses

Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders),…
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The uniformity imposed by standards-based education is now establishing nonconformity and freethinling as a mental illness!

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International students: where do they go to study? – interactive map

International students: where do they go to study? – interactive map | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Click on the map below to see which countries attract the most
international students. For the top 20 most popular countries, you can also see where their overseas students have travelled from
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International Student Flows - Where do the Students Go?

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Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - The Digital Shift

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - The Digital Shift | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub started in 2010 when Credo Reference donated 500 free research accounts to Wikipedia's most active editors. Partnerships with HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and the Cochrane Library followed. Now, the Wikipedia Library is developing into a portal to connect editors with libraries, open access resources, paywalled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts. Two of the project's leaders discuss the potential for collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, as well as the new Visiting Scholars pilot program.
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A most promising partnership between libraries and the Wikipedia.

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In Data Journalism Algorithms are not Enough

In Data Journalism Algorithms are not Enough | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it

Via M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
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In Data Journalism Algorithms are not Enough

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Chad Gaffield's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:38 AM

helpful for sure but we also must recognize that, embedded in algorithms, are all the kinds of interpretive judgments that are associated with journalism...are these judgements made explicitly? shared by journalists? etc - my sense is that journalists (like all `users` need to see themselves as partners in all the analytic-interpretive steps)

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How Gameplay Transfers Knowledge into Skills

How Gameplay Transfers Knowledge into Skills | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
Games rewire your brain. When you're playing a game, you build new neurological connections and strengthen them with a process called myelination.
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Journalists as Tool Makers: Data Driven Journalism

Journalists as Tool Makers: Data Driven Journalism | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
here is something about not just being able to think and act like a programmer but also to be able to think and act like a journalist, which is quite demanding. It’s an unusual skill set. Newsrooms are crying out for these skills."Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, made this statement recently in a Nieman Journalism Lab article about a new post-baccalaureate programme the Center is offering, which teaches computer science for journalism.This belief, that students need to be able to manage computer and data science as well as journalism in order to be well prepared for the media world they are graduating into, is starting to reshape journalistic education around the world. Several pioneering institutions are embarking on such initiatives, including the University of Hong Kong, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain, Columbia and New York University in the United States, and others.This series of interviews takes you behind the scenes of some of these initiatives. For the second article in this series, we talked to Mark Hansen, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and head of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the United States. Hansen, whose background is primarily in statistics, spoke to us about the school’s dual Master’s Degree: Journalism & Computer Science.- See more at: http://datadrivenjournalism.net/news_and_analysis/Journalists_as_Tool_Makers_Columbia_Journalism_Computer_Science_Degree#sthash.DuiO3kpf.dpuf
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Educating Journalists Who Are Also Computer Scientists (or Computer Scientists Who Are Also Journalists)
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A Bookless Library Opens in San Antonio | TIME.com

A Bookless Library Opens in San Antonio | TIME.com | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
“The all-digital space – stocked with 10,000 e-books and 500 e-readers –resembles an Apple store. But is that really a library?”
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The Mapping Revolution: Incorporating Geographic Information Systems in Government

The Mapping Revolution: Incorporating Geographic Information Systems in Government | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
“Our latest guide, The Mapping Revolution: Incorporating Geographic Information Systems in Government, features case studies and best practices from the Census…”
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The Emergence of the Digital Humanities

The Emergence of the Digital Humanities | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
You can now read the Introduction at the publisher’s Website. Below is chapter 1 in its entirety:
THE EMERGENCE OF THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES Steven E. Jones 1 EVERSION “ Cyberspace, not so long ago, was...

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Chapter 1 of Steven E. Jones' book "The Emergence of the Digital Humanities" (Routledge, 2013)

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Living With Less. A Lot Less.

Living With Less. A Lot Less. | Zeitgeist 2.0 | Scoop.it
The many things I consumed ended up consuming me.
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Realizing that we can be happier if we live with less, a lot less.

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