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L’opinion publique existe, influe mais ne gouverne pas Merci de votre invitation. J’ai failli ne pas y répondre, décelant dans le titre de ce colloque un travers que les républicains exigeants que vous êtes devraient dénoncer dans la société médiatique : une affiche aguicheuse et moralisante. Vos propos, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, m’ont rassuré. En effet, vous réintroduisez la politique comme centre explicatif de ce qui se passe dans notre société.

WeDoData The New Road to Serfdom Some days--these days, more often than not, I wake up, and the headlines make me want to insert my head into the nearest black hole. It's not just that they demonstrate that our so-called leaders haven't the tiniest shred of a clue what this crisis is really about (hint: institutions). It's darker, deeper, more troubling. Rather here's what I see: our institutions, far from evolving and improving, at the time we need to update them most, are actually moving backwards. Consider two recent cases in point--that aren't the obvious ones, like newspapers spying on the families of murder victims. Goldman's hoarding aluminum in warehouses, literally squeezing the real economy dry of aluminum--and extracting rent by doing so. Then there's the amusing case of Ronaldo (the Real Madrid footballer) being utilized as collateral in the latest round of Spanish bailouts. Welcome to the new road to serfdom. The question is, then: why? We've forgotten what the economy's for.

Blog Archive » Solar-panel “trees” really are inferior (or: “In which hopelessly inept journalists reduce me to having to debunk a school science project”) This article is reproduced from here. For some reason it has been taken down from his blog… I have the intention of writing this very post on this blog, and I may well still do so, but for now here is someone else’s… Just to be clear, this is not a scam! Solar breakthrough? Some poor 13-year-old kid is all over the news as having made a “solar breakthrough”. Usual suspects: This is his writeup: [AMNH] The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees Essential summary: This is, I’m sad to say, clear nonsense. Broken Experiment Most importantly, by mistake he did not measure power outputs from the solar cells. The actual power delivered by a solar cell is not linearly related to the open-circuit voltage; actually, as a semiconductor, it has a horribly nonlinear relationship. [National Instruments] Photovoltaic Cell I-V Characterization Theory VOC denotes the “open circuit” voltage: when there is no load attached, and no current flows (I = 0). The kid is measuring VOC. Ptot = ? ? Etot = ? ?

CQFD, mensuel de critique sociale Running robots | Robotics A cheetah running in its natural environment is an elegant, fluid display of biomechanics. What if robots could run the same way, and be deployed for search and rescue operations in areas where conventional vehicles cannot go? According to University of Delaware assistant professor Ioannis Poulakakis, a large fraction of the Earth's surface remains inaccessible to conventional wheeled or tracked vehicles, while animals and humans traverse such terrain with ease and elegance. He believes that legs have the potential to extend the mobility of robots, enabling them to become useful in real-world situations, such as search and rescue. Poulakakis is the principal investigator of a three-year, $265,532 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a family of systematic control strategies that work together with the robot's natural dynamics to generate fast, reliable and efficient running motions. Under the grant, Poulakakis will develop: EurekAlert

La dynamique des réseaux coopératifs. L'exemple des logiciels libres et du projet d'encyclopédie libre et ouverte Wikipédia. - CEDREA - Dynamiques sociales et recherche-action Résumé. Les pratiques organisationnelles et sociales non-marchandes et non-hiérarchiques liées aux nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication suscitent aujourd’hui de nombreuses réactions et controverses. Certains acteurs et chercheurs en contestent l’existence, d’autres affirment qu’il s’agit d’un phénomène minoritaire ou non durable, d’autres enfin, les cantonnent à la sphère virtuelle. Abstract. Organizational and social non-market and non-hierarchical practices related to new information technologies and communication, caused many reactions and controversy. Mots-clés. Culture libre, déprofessionnalisation, Interactionnisme symbolique, Ivan Illich, mode d’organisation, Linux, logiciel libre, professionnalisation, open source, réseau coopératif, Wikipédia. Keywords. La thèse, incluant les textes, annexes, graphiques, données statistiques inédites, schémas, tableaux, est mise sous licence Creative Commons BY = Paternité. Ce qui signifie que vous êtes libres : Paternité.

Grocery Stores on Wheels - Neighborhoods The next wave of food trucks aren't whipping up Korean tacos for adventurous foodies or slinging ice cream to kids. Instead, they're delivering fresh meat and produce in an effort to improve public health in low-income communities. A few months ago, a Chicago non-profit launched Fresh Moves, a one-aisle grocery store on a bus that sells pineapples, mangoes, collard greens, onions and other fresh fruits and vegetables in West Side neighborhoods like Lawndale and Austin, where locals have minimal access to fresh produce. Four Chicago residents developed the concept after deciding that opening their own grocery store or waiting for big retailers would take too long. Today, the bus stops for at least an hour at more than 15 locations each week. "We've proven there's demand in the community for high-quality affordable produce," says co-founder Sheelah Muhammad, who has started work on an expansion plan. The coverage area for mobile markets reaches far beyond Chicago.

Paradism Le paradisme est un système politique qui ressemble au système communiste, mais qui est exempt de toute forme de prolétariat. Le paradisme est basé sur le fonctionnement des nouvelles technologies telles que la robotique, l’ingénierie génétique et les nanotechnologies. Il suppose que le prolétariat et toute forme de main d’œuvre humaine soient remplacés par les robots, les nanobots et les ordinateurs. Le jour où toute la production d’outils, de services et de ressources pourra être efficace sans qu’aucun humain n’y soit impliqué, alors elle devra être entièrement nationalisée. La nationalisation de toute la production et des outils de service rend l’argent désuet puisque les robots n’ont pas besoin de salaire et donc que tous les produits élaborés et les services rendus par des robots peuvent être gratuits. L’échec du communisme est dû à l’existence même du prolétariat qui, étant privée de la motivation du gain financier, a rendu son travail moins efficace.