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March 3, 2014

Just Say Know: A Cyberdelic History of the Future

Wonderful 22-minute jaunt through the co-evolution of psychedelic counter-culture and personal computing.  I’ve studied this subject before but was still surprised by some new fun facts and connections revealed Boing Boing managing editor, David Pescovitz: YouTube Preview Image

April 20, 2013

Open Tech Forever


An ambitious crowd-funding campaign from an open source hardware cooperative that wants to create and open source factory on their 40 acre parcel of land outside of Denver.
The facility will offer:

  • Open Hardware R&D
  • Open Hardware Documentation
  • Open Agriculture
  • Open Business Models
  • Public Workshops
  • Commercial Products

Read more about the campaign or make a donation on Indiegogo.

 

April 19, 2013

The Legal Landscape of the Sharing Economy

Most of the rules and regulations regarding business norms, liability, ownership, commerce, licencing and related matters, whether set up for ill- or well-intentioned purposes, have become meaningless or even detrimental in the new economies of networked sharing, reputation, open source design, co-operative communities, DIY industry and social entrepreneurship. Indeed, I’d go so far as to say these conflicts with the legal paradigms of the old economy are the main obstacle holding back a utter renaissance of community strength, creativity, problem-solving, beauty and abundance.

Enter the Berkeley-based Sustainable Economics Law Center (SELC) that uses legal practice and law expertise to help foster the sharing economy, collaborative and cooperative enterprises and other sustainable, community-oriented efforts.

In this presentation from last year, hear the co-directors of SELC, Janelle and Jenny, explain the social and legal implications of the networked sharing economy.

If you enjoyed this talk and are interested in the legal aspects of the sharing economy, check out this book published by one of SELC lawyers:

Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies

April 19, 2013

Cryptography, Tacit Knowledge and Representative Democracy @29c3

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Interesting talk about the direction networked info and com technologies might take democracy and government given at the 29th Chaos Communication Congress.  While acknowledging that our goal is to eventually outgrow the very idea of nation states, the presenters examine how network-style protocols, while cryptographically challenging, can facilitate more ideal governance structures.

February 22, 2013

NASA announces its work with cold fusion (LENR) reactors

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and states that commercial reactors for domestic use will soon be commonplace.

Read the post on NASA’s Global Climate Change blog written by Bob Silberg of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

There are few write-ups and commentaries appearing online as well. Here is one from Forbes.

And here is a promotional video released by NASA:

February 21, 2013

How Will You Create The Universe?


From the same group that made the 3D music video to Bjork’s Wanderlust and the maker website for kids mentioned previously, DIY.org.
Like Bjork’s Wanderlust, this video is also available in 3D.

February 21, 2013

MIT Cold Fusion Colloquium

Scientists from around the world gathered at MIT in 2007 to present their findings in the field of Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions, a.k.a cold fusion.

This video is almost 5 years old. The internet says that there are currently functioning devices around the world. The implications of that are the complete and total dismantlement the old economy. Oil, coal, gas, militarism, transportation costs, population distribution… To what length, I wonder, will those whose empires this breakthrough crumbles go to slow down or even stop this transition?

(Really intense soundtrack too.)

Cold Fusion Colloquium at MIT - Youtube

There is a class about cold fusion being offered now at MIT for its second year.

For more technical info, Youtube search for “Cold fusion MIT” or Google “LENR”

 

January 4, 2013

DIY.org, where kids become makers.


Wonderful-looking website/activities for young children. Curating DIY projects for kids from around the web (Make, Instructables, etc), along with badge-earning system a la scouts:

DIY.org

“Learn skills. Become a maker.”

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