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Dronetown, USA: How a rural region became a hotbed of the unmanned aerial industry

Dronetown, USA: How a rural region became a hotbed of the unmanned aerial industry | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it
Despite its small population, the region has attracted a cluster of drone companies.
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Richest counties in the country have either shale oil or drone production... #drones

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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it
Brian Fies's 2012 graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? expresses a beautiful, melancholic and hopeful longing for (and suspicion of) the futuristic optimism of America's 20th century, starting with the 1939 World's Fair. Cory Doctorow finally got caught up with the future and read it.
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"Fies perfectly captures my own ambivalence about the future, the sense that we tremble on the verge of an age of miracles and an age of disasters. Or both. He plumps for a happier ending that I generally do, but that's OK, as I'm delighted to discover people who aren't as pessimistic as I am about these things. "

A good quote about the ambivalence of technology is always useful.

 

 

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Ben Moskowitz » The Web Is Changing

Ben Moskowitz » The Web Is Changing | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it

When I joined Mozilla, I thought Firefox was in a unique position to make (patriarchal?) technology decisions on behalf of users, that would make the technical architecture supporting video “more open.”

I am starting to doubt whether that’s the right way to position Firefox.

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Ben Moskowitz was for a long time an open source / open video standards advocate with the Open Video Alliance. In this text he describes why open organizations like Firefox need to accept defeats like the introudction of DRM layer into HTML5 - and why FSF, EFF, etc. are wrong in this regard.

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What Does Ethical Social Networking Software Look Like?

What Does Ethical Social Networking Software Look Like? | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it

"We are coordinating and connecting beyond anything we’ve ever done before, fulfilling a human social appetite that feeds on itself. Someone who needs money in Paris, TX, health information in Montero, Bolivia, or loving support in Lawdar, Yemen, can get these things in seconds from another person in Perth, Australia. In theory that’s just the internet, but in practice, those interactions are contained within the software systems that allow people to socialize."

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Great text by Quinn Norton about social networks, which basically is a brilliant and accessible text that could be the short version of a hardcore Actor-Network-Theory study of social networks in all their technical / economic / social / emotional aspects.

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Forces of Divergence - The New Yorker

Forces of Divergence - The New Yorker | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it

"Over the long term, innovation and increasing productivity are what drive growth. With the rise of the Internet, biotechnology, robots, and other scientific advances, it is at least conceivable that productivity growth will shift to a permanently higher rate, and that G.D.P. will rise with it."

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Robots! Listed as a matter of fact as an innovative factor of productivity growth. Welcome to the 22nd century!

 

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Szymielewicz: Szpiegowanie w 51. stanie

Szymielewicz: Szpiegowanie w 51. stanie | Sprawy cyfrowe | Scoop.it
Czy łącząc te dwa wydarzenia - obchody 25-lecia wolności i wizytę Obamy - rząd zupełnie zatracił poczucie ironii?
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Ważny tekst Katarzyny Szymielewicz, pokazujący jak w 25. rocznicę 1989 ignorujemy nowe wyzwania dla wolności (które nie tak bardzo się różnią od tych z 1989 roku!).

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