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MakerBot's Creative Revolution Runs on Linux

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“MakerBot's Creative Revolution Runs on LinuxLinux.com (blog)“Platforms like Beaglebone and the Raspberry Pi have enabled a new generation of people to start developing quickly and easily on a Linux system.”
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Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise! - Susan Kent

Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise! - Susan Kent | Content in Context | Scoop.it
BY SUSAN KENT: “Does anyone go to libraries anymore?” A mayor, the president of a major foundation, a corporate executive, and several newspaper reporters have asked me that question.[...] My answer to this question is a resounding, “Of course!” When I walk into almost any public library in any city—from my neighborhood branch in L.A. to Buffalo, New York—I see toddlers with their moms or dads, waiting for story time to begin. After school lets out, I see elementary school-age children working together on homework assignments and creating web-based reports. I see teens congregating in small groups to record digital music and videos. I see people being tutored in literacy and English or gathering for events. I overhear book club members engaged in conversation. I was a librarian for more than 40 years and served as the director of the Los Angeles Public Library, the Minneapolis Public Library, and as the chief executive of the branch libraries of the New York Public Library. Now, I consult with libraries in the U.S. and beyond about their roles and strategies for the future."
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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. "We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.”
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Could A Solar-Powered Currency Be The Next Bitcoin? - ThinkProgress

Could A Solar-Powered Currency Be The Next Bitcoin? - ThinkProgress | Content in Context | Scoop.it
The solar industry is in the midst of a major boom; almost every state added solar energy jobs in 2013. But buying and installing solar panels is still cost-prohibitive for many people. To mitigate that, most states give homeowners a break on their energy bills, a policy called net metering, when their solar panels produce extra energy. But as the number of solar homes continues to rise, utility companies have become apprehensive about how those rebates may erode their bottom line. Solar homeowners count on those kinds of rebates to offset the cost of installing the panels, Cory Honeyman, a solar analyst with GreenTech Media Research in Boston, told ThinkProgress.
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Changing the world of work- by Harold Jarche

Changing the world of work- by Harold Jarche | Content in Context | Scoop.it

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A Definitive Must Read for Everyone interested in the Future of Work!

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I think trust the hardest thing for companies to develop. They can,t buy it they have to create trust. 

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Trust.  

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Changing the world of work- by Harold Jarche
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Five co-operative trends for 2014

1. The emergence of ‘open co-operative’ models that blend the ideas of free (or libre) software, open knowledge and democratic social enterprise, for example in work for a new vision for the economy coming out of Ecuador.
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Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters

Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. Six structures are regularly observed: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spoke structures. These are created as individuals choose whom to reply to or mention in their Twitter messages and the structures tell a story about the nature of the conversation....
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We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly | The New Yorker

We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly | The New Yorker | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Comcast Corporation is America’s biggest cable company, its biggest internet-service provider, and its third-biggest home-telephone provider. As the owner of NBCUniversal, it’s also one of the largest producers of programming for film, cable, and television; on NBC’s networks, it is currently showing the Olympics. It’s not just big by American standards. It’s the largest media company in the world. In 2013, it took in $64.67 billion, generating $13.6 billion in operating income and $7.1 billion in net profits.Now this behemoth wants to get even bigger, and you have to give its C.E.O., Brian Roberts, some marks for chutzpah. In announcing Comcast’s intention to swallow up Time Warner Cable, the second-biggest cable company in the country, he brushed aside concerns that the regulators and anti-trust authorities might veto the deal, describing it as “pro-consumer, pro-competitive, and strongly in the public interest.”As you digest these words, it is well to set them in a broader perspective. As residents of the country that came up with Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and the Internet, we like to think that we lead the world in communications and entertainment. And we’re certainly ahead in one way: we pay far more for broadband Internet access, cable television, and home phone lines than people in many other advanced countries, even though the services we get aren’t any better. All too often, they are worse.Click headline to read more--
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Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship

Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of "cross-disciplinary interestingness" that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits.
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Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Matter interacts through four fundamental forces: the electromagnetic force that creates light and chemical bonds, the strong nuclear force that binds quarks and nuclei, the weak nuclear force that produces a type of radioactive decay called beta decay, and gravity. There could be other forces – some theorists have speculated that a second version of the weak force may also exist. At one time, physicists assumed that all the forces obeyed a handful of symmetries. So, for example, a physical system should behave exactly like its mirror image, a symmetry known as parity.In 1957, physicists discovered that parity does not hold in particle interactions mediated by the weak force. For example, suppose you aim right-spinning electrons at nuclei and watch them bounce off. If you look at the tiny shooting gallery in a mirror, you'll see left-spinning electrons bouncing off the target. So if the interaction between electron and nucleus were mirror-symmetric, then the scattering of right- and left-spinning electrons should be the same. And, indeed, that’s exactly what would happen if the negatively charged electrons interacted with the positively charged nuclei only through the electromagnetic force.But the electrons also interact with the nuclei through the weak force, which violates parity and is not mirror symmetric. As a result, right-spinning and left-spinning electrons ricochet off the target differently, creating a slight asymmetry in their scattering pattern. That effect was seen at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, in 1978 in an experiment called E122 that helped cement physicists' then-emerging standard model. A second weak force, if it exists, ought to give similarly lopsided results.But what about the quarks? Like electrons, they can spin one way or the other as they zip around inside protons and neutrons. And, according to the standard model, the right- and left-spinning quarks should interact slightly differently with an incoming electron, producing an additional asymmetry, or parity violation, when the spin of the incoming electrons is flipped. Now, Xiaochao Zheng, a nuclear physicist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and colleagues have observed that smaller contribution, as they recently reported in Nature.That was no mean feat. To see the extra asymmetry, the incoming electron must strike the nucleus hard enough to blast out a single quark, setting off a shower of particles, as was done in E122 but not in subsequent experiments. Researchers must take great care to ensure that they alternately shine equally intense beams of right- and left-spinning electrons on the target. Using the electron accelerator at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, the researchers shined 170 billion electrons on a target of liquid deuterium over 2 months in 2009. After crunching the data, they were able to measure the part-in-10,000 scattering asymmetry precisely enough to pull out the contribution from the quarks, albeit with a large uncertainty. The result agrees with the standard model prediction."They've measured something fundamental at the quark level that wasn't measured before," says William Marciano, a theorist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Maas notes that the result is not as exciting as it could have been, however. "They have not observed any new physics at the level of their precision," he says. The new result does place tighter limits on models that assume a second weak force exists, Maas says.The measurement is not the end of the road. The 101 members in the experimental team intend to repeat their measurement and hope to improve their precision by at least a factor of 5, Zheng says. That should enable them to test for new forces with far more sensitivity, she says. Marciano agrees that "this is just the first step." He notes that it might be beneficial that the asymmetry from the quarks is so small in the standard model, as that will make any deviation look relatively large.
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Four Reasons Social Media Will Be Bigger Than Ever in 2014

Four Reasons Social Media Will Be Bigger Than Ever in 2014 | Content in Context | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that social media has grown from a tool to connect school kids to an essential part of anyone’s online usage. It’s already proven itself to be a valuable resource for businesses, bloggers or casual users alike.

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HR Tech Europe talk 2013

“A talk on new organisational structures given at HR Tech Europe in Amsterdam, 2013.”
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Working Groups: the self-organising revolution | The Future of Occupy

Working Groups: the self-organising revolution | The Future of Occupy | Content in Context | Scoop.it
"As the regular General Assemblies are where all constituents gather to listen and contribute to the discussions using the methodology of the ‘stack’, which allows anyone seeking to propose a group or report on current activities, joins a queue and takes their turn to speak. This allows each their turn to vocalise and articulate for all to hear and vote on. In a ‘leaderless’ holarchic society, the necessity for a self organising infrastructure to support the intrinsic momentum, and the forum to voice the fomenting processes of each, are both vital components. What is being revealed here is the desire for a new manner of building community, responsive to those who have been inspired to collaborate, as working groups become the lifeblood of the movement."
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Strategists and Creatives Have to Change | Social Media Today

Strategists and Creatives Have to Change | Social Media Today | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Mike Arauz, one of the many bright strategists at Undercurrent suggests it’s time for us (digital strategists especially) to become square-shaped. He claims, “you should just know everything.” In a post on Medium , he declares that if you work at the intersection of people, business and technology — I think that would include all of us — you need “an expansive approach to cultivating your expertise.”He offers a list that might be a bit more technical than most of us want to explore, but a look at any of the emerging technologies validates his argument.Digital printers will soon let us make our own products (eye glass frames, light fixtures, toys), print clothing items (tactile screens that let us feel the material are coming), and prepare dinner (or at least dessert.) If this doesn’t change how we market, sell and distribute, it will certainly affect consumers’ expectations for customization....
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David Brin on the role of the internet in the future - YouTube

“ This interview with David Brin takes us on a Journey into 2050 and is part of the Futurium Talking Futures interview series. More information is available he...”
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The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion | Content in Context | Scoop.it
"News sources can't just give us the facts. They must tell us what those facts mean."
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Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain

Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Enough. For All, Forever describes an unusual circumstance in our global drama. It recognizes two rapidly emerging global phenomenons: the increasing access to everything worldwide dubbed the birth of the "Post-Scarcity Society" and the urgency to curb the worldwide clamities of climate change, disease, and poverty caused by the increasing access to everything by employing the methods of Sustainable Development.
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Beyond the subconscious

Beyond the subconscious | Content in Context | Scoop.it
We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data
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5 Bizarre Jobs of the Digital Future

5 Bizarre Jobs of the Digital Future | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“ Just a decade ago, it was difficult to imagine today’s jobs such as social media managers, application developers or cloud service engineers. As technology continues to evolve, what seems like science fiction today may actually be just around the corner. In fact, according to Executive Director and Senior Futurist of the DaVinci Institute Thomas Frey, 60% of …”
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As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)”
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Leaping Internet Lingo produces Knowmads!

Leaping Internet Lingo produces Knowmads! | Content in Context | Scoop.it
This post is a fulfillment of the promise I made in my previous piece, Networks are Expanding Our Ignorance, to expand on my musings regarding Logan's thesis of human meta-languages being evoluti...
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Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups

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Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. - Mindfulness and Education:​ Cultivating Emotional Intelligence - YouTube

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. - Mindfulness and Education: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence (Family Action Network)
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10 Problems With How We Think | Experts' Corner | Big Think

10 Problems With How We Think | Experts' Corner | Big Think | Content in Context | Scoop.it
We can never totally escape our biases, but we can be more aware of them, and, just maybe, take efforts to minimize their influence.
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How to Make Laws that Actually Work for the New Economy

“The rules for the new economy haven't been written yet. Well, they have...it's just that they were written 50+ years ago when the 9-to-5, 30-years-and-a-gold-watch career path was the rule, not the exception. They haven't kept up with the changing economy or the new workforce. The laws and regulations laws that guide the economy have to adapt to the way people are working and building their lives. That's where Janelle Orsi comes in. Janelle is the innovative founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, an organization that "charts the changing legal territory of the new economy, educating communities and individuals ...”
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