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Outernet: Humanity's Public Library

Outernet: Humanity's Public Library

Dual Monitor Tools - Home page Lantern: One Device, Free Data From Space Forever Global access to the web’s best content on your mobile device. Anonymous. Uncensored. Free. “The Short Wave Radio for the Digital Age.” -- Fast Company “A Tiny Satellite Dish That Brings Info to the World’s Deadzones.” -- Wired “Outernet aims to provide data to the net unconnected.” -- BBC "Billions of people around the world don't have access to the Internet, so the next big thing is trying to connect the world." -- CNN Lantern is an anonymous portable library that constantly receives free data from space. Like the water we drink or the air we breathe, the information we consume feeds the very essence of what it means to be human. Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Oh, and Outernet is free to use, always. How much is 10 MB per day? When purchasing Lantern through this campaign, you are both advancing the collective potential of our species and receiving a cutting-edge piece of technology. Buy a Lantern, support Outernet, and help us find the answers.

Learnable Programming Here's a trick question: How do we get people to understand programming? Khan Academy recently launched an online environment for learning to program. It offers a set of tutorials based on the JavaScript and Processing languages, and features a "live coding" environment, where the program's output updates as the programmer types. Because my work was cited as an inspiration for the Khan system, I felt I should respond with two thoughts about learning: Programming is a way of thinking, not a rote skill. Learning about "for" loops is not learning to program, any more than learning about pencils is learning to draw.People understand what they can see. Thus, the goals of a programming system should be: to support and encourage powerful ways of thinkingto enable programmers to see and understand the execution of their programs A live-coding Processing environment addresses neither of these goals. Alan Perlis wrote, "To understand a program, you must become both the machine and the program."

untitled Built Works Registry (BWR) | Global IDs for architecture and the built environment All About Google Loon's Low-Cost Space-Based Competitor, Outernet In 2013 when Typhoon Haiyan brought down most of the Philippines' cell and radio towers, bringing information to a standstill at a crucial moment. The same thing happened again earlier this month in Ukraine, but this time it was men with political motives, not nature, that severed access to the country’s largest ISP. But a fledgling system of Low Earth Orbit satellites known as the Outernet might mean an end to outages like this--making constant up-time a possibility, and with it, true human reliance on the Internet. Four Billion People Have No Access To The Internet It may come as a shock to anyone reading this article, online, right now, but as pervasive as the Internet is in 2014, two-thirds of the world still does not--and never has had--access to it. That 60% doesn’t even cover when man or nature steps in to take the infrastructure out. But more and more, access to information seems like a basic human right, right up there with access to clean water. Outernet is a one-way platform.

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