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L’octroi de prêts et la mise à dis­po­si­tion de pro­duits d’épargne ou d’assu­rance per­met­traient aux plus dému­nis d’entre­pren­dre afin de s’extraire de la pau­vreté. Il n’en est rien. / Aide au déve­lop­pe­ment, Banque, Capitalisme, Dette, Économie, Finance, Inégalités, Pauvreté, Spéculation, Crise finan­cière (...) Source : Le Monde diplomatique - Le portail des copains - Le portail des copains
“Scientists have connected the brains of a pair of animals and allowed them to share sensory information,” reports The Guardian today. This is a “major step towards what the researchers call the world's first 'organic computer.'” The US team fitted two rats with devices called brain-to-brain interfaces that let the animals collaborate on simple tasks to earn rewards, such as a drink of water.In one radical demonstration of the technology, the scientists used the internet to link the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles, with one in the researchers' lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the other in Natal, Brazil. This is “[l]iterally an Internet of Animals,” tweeted Anne Galloway. Among many projects, including Vanessa Harden's Mouse Assisted Interplay (2010) and its associated speculative Mousematch social network, I'm reminded of Anna Flagg's Cuddlebot project in which simulant pets are turned into multi-touch devices. Pruned


Learning Change Inside-Out Pedagogy – Theorising Pedagogical Transformation Through Teaching Philosophy This retrospective interview study focused on the impact that training and implementation of Philosophy, in Lipman’s tradition of Philosophy for Children, had on the pedagogy of 14 primary teachers at one school. Semistructured interviews were conducted to document the impact of teaching Philosophy on pedagogy, the resources required to facilitate and sustain such change, including the necessary dispositions required to teach Philosophy, and the critical junctures in pedagogical change associated with teaching Philosophy. Learning Change
The Solar Future of Luxury Yachting Michele Puzzolante’s Solar Floating Resort Invention Solar energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels could provide a third of the world’s energy by 2060 if politicians commit to limiting global warming. [source] The majority of people do not get the chance to enjoy luxury yachting and world-class holiday resorts but, for those that do, there is... URBNFUTR | The Future of Cities & Mankind URBNFUTR | The Future of Cities & Mankind
The Crowd, the Service, the Game and the Future (at the Institute for the Future) January 5 14 A friend and colleague Jake Dunagan (@dunagan23) started an important initiative at the Institute for the Future called the Governance Futures Lab. I gave a lightning talk at the launch event (The Reconstitution Convention) about how we use foresight in the UAE. It covers a bit of the history of the UAE and Dubai, about futures […] “Game Changing” at LOGIN2013 Noah Raford » 21st Century Strategy, Policy and Design Noah Raford » 21st Century Strategy, Policy and Design
Cyberpunk Studies CyberGeneration is a follow-up to the R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game. CyberGeneration was originally published as a supplement for Cyberpunk, but later re-released as a fully featured game in its own right under the title CyberGeneration Revolution 2.0. It is set in the year 2027, 7 years after the events in Cyberpunk 2020. Cyberpunk Studies
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Random notes in French & English from Pierre Lévy - Home
The Progressive Mind The Progressive Mind On the basis of simple dollar outlays for military spending, the US Pentagon combined budget, leaving aside the huge budgets for such national security and defense-related agencies of US Government as the Department of Energy and US Treasury and other agencies, the US Department of Defense spent some $739 billion in 2011 on its military requirements. Were all other spending that is tied to US defense and national security included, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies estimates an annual military spending of over $1 trillion by the United States. That is an amount greater than the total defense-related spending of the next 42 nations combined, and more than the Gross Domestic Product of most nations. China officially spent barely 10% of the US outlay on its defense, some $90 billions, or, if certain defense-related arms import and other costs are included, perhaps $111 billion a year.
From the architect. The house is situated on a corner lot in the typical 30’s district ‘de Elzent’ against the natural landscape of the river Dommel valley, in the center of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The existing main house is relatively small in structure, however the lot size is sufficient enough to resist an carefully threaded extension. An extension where extra comfort is added to the existing house. (more…) Like this: KARMATRENDZ KARMATRENDZ


tic&société English | Español La revue est consacrée à l'analyse des rapports entre les technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC) et la société. Nous sollicitons les textes qui traitent de problématiques communicationnelles tout en accordant une place centrale à leur dimension sociale dans le cadre d'une perspective critique, entendue d'un point de vue théorique, méthodologique ou épistémologique.
Larry Page, Google and Katinka Matson, Edge, at The Edge Dinner 2014 in Vancouver A new generation of artists, writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, might create an abundance of new flowers and fruit and trees and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet. Most of these artists would be amateurs, but they would be in close touch with science, like the poets of the earlier Age of Wonder.

Edge : Conversations on the edge of human knowledge

Edge : Conversations on the edge of human knowledge
Innovation, RD26.03.14 › Tests et mesures des productions interactives (2/3) : évaluer un jeu vidéo [+] Emmanuel Guardiola a clos la matinée de la journée d’étude PraTIC en nous présentant un exemple des méthodes de modélisation du joueur.

UNDER TOMORROWS SKY Production house Oddone have edited together a project video for Under Tomorrows Sky and the MU Foundation . Oddone are also developing a short narrative video to launch at Dutch Design week . Stay tuned for more details. In response to the Under Tomorrows sky brief concept artist Daniel Dociu has developed a series of visions of our future city. In this ‘Urban Tectonic’ series Daniel is exploring the city as a constructed geology.
mammoth // building nothing out of something Things have been terribly quiet here at mammoth this fall. (Assuming that by “here” we mean “here, on the blog”; they’ve been quite busy if by “here” we mean “here in Ohio and Virginia”, which is where I’ve physically been. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to recap those adventures soon — there’s been quite a bit to write about.) One of the biggest reasons for that quietness is the enormous amount of planning and energy that’s gone into putting together DredgeFest Louisiana, which we’re very excited to now be able to publicly announce.
thenextwave Some lessons from the Co-op I’m reading Geoff Mulgan’s book The Locust and the Bee, a bit belatedly, and it provides a valuable lens through which to look at the Co-op affair. So, some quick notes on the affair, below the fold. (more…)