Open Collaboration - The Next Economic Paradigm I’ve dedicated a lot of research over the last few years to understanding the deep trends that will define the next economy. As I’ve written elsewhere, the global economy goes through a creative-destructive cycle every 50 years. And now we’re in the midst of a collapsing paradigm that is soon to be replaced by something new. Zep'lin flying boat ponders the future of electric vehicles Zep'lin concept design by Damien Grossemy Image Gallery (4 images) A boat that flies. Now there's a vehicle Phileas Fogg could really have used. Zep'lin is a blue-sky concept developed by industrial designer Damien Grossemy during a five month internship at Renault which imagines the use of solar panel sails and electric propulsion to liberate the yacht-like vehicle from terra firma.
Bag It The Movie Since Bag It's Since Bag It's premiere in 2010, over 1,000 festivals, nonprofits, theaters, churches and community organizations have hosted screenings of Bag It across the world! We invite you to host a screening in your community next. To order a public exhibition for schools or libraries, please be in touch with our Educational Distributor, New Day Films or click on the button below. Then, take a peek at our Bag It Screening Tool Kit for ideas about planning your event! GUI Software for USBasp based USB AVR Programmers. When I started using USBasp (a great programmer for AVRs), I soon realized that the avrdude (the software for driving USBasp) is not much usable. Sometimes it irritates me a lots because of its command line interface. Also the avrdude-gui is not much helpful as it was just calling the real money slot machines avrdude in background. It cannot write/read the fuse bytes easily and reading the chip content was impossible. I made many changes to the software to make it more useful but Finally I decided to write a fresh new software from scratch and eXtreme Burner – AVR was born! The eXtreme Burner- AVR has full graphical user interface (GUI) and can be used much more easily.
DriveNow: BMW / Sixt Joint Venture - car sharing The BMW Group and Sixt AG are planning a unique and innovative car sharing venture. With effect from April 2011 onwards – initially in Munich and later in Berlin – the two companies intend to join forces in offering a modern mobility concept under the brand-name DriveNow; this new product will combine vehicles and service of the highest quality with simple, flexible usage. DriveNow is the first car sharing concept to place an emphasis on efficient premium vehicles and comprehensive service. Vehicles may be hired and dropped off wherever the customer needs them, thus clearly differentiating DriveNow from products offered by other competitors. Sixt AG and the BMW Group intend to bundle their car sharing activities in the DriveNow joint venture, in which each company will hold a 50 percent stake.
Creative Commons Celebrates 10 Years of Opening Culture The future of the cultural commons looked dim in December 2002: Napster had been shuttered a year earlier, while record labels treaded warily into selling DRM-locked music online. The FCC dismantled regulations forestalling the consolidation of media ownership. And as the housing bubble inflated, privatization — of media, public space, scientific and technological research, even the military — became the watchword of the day. A decade later, the cultural commons remains threatened, but stands on somewhat firmer ground. The record industry abandoned its futile efforts to lock music to users or devices, a costly lesson movie studios and book publishers seem determined to learn for themselves. An emerging generation of cultural producers acknowledge that “good theft,” as Austin Kleon puts it, is a fundamental part of the creative process.
Running robots 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.
Apply Now » Next Foundation Thank you for your interest in the NEXT Foundation. Please note that we will not be accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) before 3 June 2014. You are welcome to download the EOI application form now however. The NEXT Foundation application process We use a two-step process where applicants first submit a brief Expression of Interest (EOI). After short-listing; a smaller number of applicants are invited to provide a Request for Proposal (RFP). ArUco: a minimal library for Augmented Reality applications based on OpenCv News: Aruco 2.0.x released: A Library to rule them all. The new version can detect markers from other libraries such as AprilTags, ArTootKit+ and ARTAG. IMPORTANT: see the related project markermapper The main features of ArUco are:
Meta-currency - Rheonomy - Eric Harris-Braun In her beautifully insightful book, The Nature of Economies, Jane Jacobs suggests that we must broaden our understanding of economics in the context of the flow processes of the natural world. Near the end of the book one of her characters asks the question, “What are economies for?” One of the other characters answers: The Dark Web and the Power of Anonymity Have you heard of the Dark Web? What about the Darknet or TOR? If not, this is the growing, underground web that you will be learning a lot more about in the near future. We all use the web routinely -- Facebook, Google, the site where this article is posted. The websites we visit and post to daily are on what is called the Surface Web -- sites that are indexed and findable via a search engine. Underneath the Surface Web is the Dark Web, a complex matrix of encrypted websites that let users remain anonymous.
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! It is, however, a really good example of really sloppy journalism.