Resilience in the Face of Crisis: Why the Future Will Be Flexible What will a post-crash, truly 21st-century world look like? For people thinking about global systems (economic, environmental, and social) one idea stands out: resilience. Resilience means the capacity of an entity--such as a person, an institution, or a system--to withstand sudden, unexpected shocks, and (ideally) to be capable of recovering quickly afterwards. Resilience implies both strength and flexibility; a resilient structure would bend, but would be hard to break. The term was once found largely in psychology textbooks and material science research, but the systems design crowd has, over the past few years, enthusiastically adopted the concept. Designing for resilience takes on particular relevance as we think about what happens after the current economic crisis passes. What would a more resilient world look like? The recognition that failure happens is the other intrinsic part of a resilience approach. It's going to be a bumpy ride--we should be ready.
3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology it is critical for today’s 3D printing community, tucked away in garages, hackerspaces, and labs, to keep a vigilant eye on these policy debates as they grow. There will be a time when impacted legacy industries demand some sort of DMCA for 3D printing. If the 3D printing community waits until that day to organize, it will be too late. Instead, the community must work to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of widespread access. An important call to arms to the open manufacturing community, by Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge, who examines how intellectual property (IP) law impacts the rapidly maturing technology of 3D printing, and how incumbents who feel threatened by its growth might try to use IP law to stop it * White Paper: It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology. Excerpts from Micheal Weinberg: Conclusion
Shapeways Theo Jansen is a Dutch kinetic artist, since 1990 occupied with creating new forms of life. He is father to the "Animari" beach creatures, or "Strandbeests", made of PVC tubing, that walk the beach powered by the wind. As time progresses the Beests evolve, with the ultimate goal of living their lives on their own. Now Theo Jansen's Strandbeests have found a way to multiply by injecting their digital DNA directly into the Shapeways system. From now on several small strandbeests are available from his shop . Designing the Beests this way proved quite the challenge. 3D printing is very suitable for rapid design changes, and as time goes by the Beests will evolve and new types of DNA will be added to the store, while others are removed. Also worth mentioning, a big brother to these Strandbeests is the limited edition "Animaris Geneticus Parvus XL", which is only available from Theo's Dutch Gallery Akinci Check out the models in Theo Jansen's Shop.
20 Books to Read in 2012 - By Margaret Slattery If 2011 was the year of the "tell-some" Bush administration memoir, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a somewhat spicier new year in printed matter. And by all accounts, it seems promising: From riveting narratives of the bloody Arab Spring to Pulitzer-prize reporting from India and Lebanon to an inside look at Gen. David Petraeus -- and hopefully another scorcher from Michael Hastings -- FP's editors are looking forward to a crop of smart books slated for publication next year. Here's our pick of the best 21. Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation by Ashraf Khalil (Jan. 3) Cairo-based reporter and FP contributor Ashraf Khalil was in the thick of the Egyptian revolution when it broke out in January. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings (Jan. 5) Now famous for the bombshell 2010 Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Gen. The Short American Century: A Postmortem, edited by Andrew J.
BMW Change Accelerators Vers une économie résiliente Par Rémi Sussan le 27/04/09 | 13 commentaires | 8,080 lectures | Impression Intéressant dialogue, par blogs interposés, entre Jamais Cascio et John Robb sur le thème de l’après crise. Ces deux auteurs, qui figurent parmi les plus intéressants de la blogosphère anglo-saxonne ont déjà été mentionnés plusieurs fois dans nos colonnes. Dans un scénario écrit du point de vue d’un citoyen des années 2010 Jamais Cascio explore le concept “d’économie résiliente”. L’économie résiliente qu’imagine Cascio conserverait les valeurs des idéologies qui l’ont précédée : l’insistance du socialisme sur l’égalité et celle du capitalisme sur la production de richesse. Une telle ” polyculture ” comme il la nomme aussi, consiste à “élaborer des règles telles qu’aucune institution ou approche utilisée pour résoudre un problème ou combler un besoin ne devienne exagérément dominante” . Par bien des côtés, la vision de Cascio est séduisante, mais reste un peu abstraite.
THE NEXT TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY: 3D Printing The future of health care, now in 3D! - Ideas@Innovations Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 11/27/2012 Nov 27, 2012 12:05 PM EST TheWashingtonPost Business Network (iStockphoto) Described as the third industrial revolution and the driving force behind a manufacturing renaissance in America's industrial heartland, 3D printing might also disrupt an industry that has so far shown to be fairly disruption-proof: the health-care industry. New 3-D bioprinters are already capable of printing out everything from dental fixtures and prosthetic limbs to custom hearing aids. The future of health care, viewed in 3D, is rather astounding. The U.S. However, there’s still a long way to go before we’re attempting anything quite so grandiose. Yet, it’s hard to ignore that 3D printing has become one of those disruptive technologies that is almost ready for its prime time debut. So will 3D printers make their way into hospitals anytime soon? Read more news and ideas on Innovations: Elon Musk, Mars colonizer? Lamp brings clouds indoors (video) Innovation in crisis
China’s Unstoppable Billion The most important global trend is the emergence of a great people from millennia of despotic rule, says Gordon Chang. The Chinese people, in short, are the world’s unstoppable force. By Gordon Chang for The Diplomat January 05, 2012 Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+4 LinkedIn0 This is the second in our special series of essays on the Asia-Pacific's future. Lydia, my wife, and I have just landed in Singapore, having endured a flight from Hong Kong. As we disembark, Lydia asks the boy how long he’s staying in Singapore. Lydia turns to the mother and remarks, “He’s so young, and he is already talking about freedom.” China’s young certainly want freedom. Despite how the nation’s young feel, most foreign analysts – and all of Beijing’s apologists – tell us the Chinese people don’t care about personal liberty, that they are content to reap economic gains while letting the Communist Party keep its monopoly on political power. Especially the one-party state. Or not control at all. A Startling Transformation
How to Nip Procrastination in the Bud Once and for All Ironically, procrastination is a problem that we all seem to put off dealing with. Many people will keep putting off their obligations for as long as they can, even if they are fully aware that their lives would be so much easier, if only they were able to do everything they want to do on time. Procrastination is something that affects people of all ages. Many college students put off studying for an exam or writing a paper for as long as they can, and then they have to pull a ridiculous all-nighter to compensate. Office workers set aside boring paperwork and avoid it until their bosses demand it at the end of the month, making them spend extra hours in the office for no good reason. This type of behavior is not only unhealthy, but it also negatively affects the quality of your work in most cases. Procrastination plagues us all, and in today’s world it is especially pronounced. Here’s what you must do if you want to nip your procrastinating ways in the bud, once and for good. Get Organized
Thomas Chippendale Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Bureau chinois fait par Chippendale, exposé au musée de Carmen de Maipú, de Santiago du Chili. chaise provinciale de style Chippendale avec un élaboré dossier à tracé "Gothique". Il s'installa à Londres en 1749 où, en 1754, il devint le premier ébéniste à publier un livre de ses réalisations : The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director. Chippendale était plus qu'un simple créateur de meubles. Chippendale est enterré à l'église de St Martin-in-the-Fields en Londres. Source[modifier | modifier le code] (en) Cet article est partiellement ou en totalité issu de l’article de Wikipédia en anglais intitulé « Thomas Chippendale » (voir la liste des auteurs) Lien externe[modifier | modifier le code] (en) The Chippendale Society
The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age The Penrose Triangle is as elegant as it is impossible—much like M.C. Escher’s drawings, it presents a two-dimensional illusion that the eye interprets as three-dimensional. The task of effectively creating this illusion in three dimensions, without resorting to hidden openings or gimmicky twists, seemed daunting until a Netherlands-based designer named Ulrich Schwanitz succeeded in printing the object recently. Within weeks of Schwanitz’s “discovery,” however, a 3D modeler (and former Shapeways intern) named Artur Tchoukanov watched the video and figured out how to recreate the shape. The same day the story ran, Schwanitz sent Thingiverse a DMCA takedown notice and demanded that the site remove Tchoukanov’s design (and a related one) because it allegedly infringed Schwanitz’s copyright. “For better or worse,” Thingiverse founder Bre Pettis wrote on the site’s blog, “we’ve hit a milestone in the history of digital fabrication.” A disruptor like no other Listing image by Photo by soulfish