*There’s something to this, but if you take the trouble to hang out with actual futurists you’ll see that they don’t really do much of this… On the contrary, they’d glance at that image on the bottom and go “Oh yeah, that’s the classic Detroit Rust Belt model. That scenario was big during the 1970s Energy Crisis.”
The 40 highest authority Twitter profiles in the network are:
@iftf – Institute for the Future
@WorldFutureSoc – World Future Society
@rossdawson – Ross Dawson
@gleonhard – Gerd Leonhard
@DefTechPat – Patrick Tucker
@Urbanverse – Cindy Frewen
@VenessaMiemis – Venessa Miemis
@cshirky – Clay Shirky
@cascio – Jamais Cascio
@bruces – Bruce Sterling
@mitchbetts – Mitch Betts
@frankspencer – Frank Spencer
@futuryst – Stuart Candy
@johnmsmart – John Smart
@Geofutures – Josh Calder
@ThomasFrey – Thomas Frey
@doctorow – Cory Doctorow
@heathervescent – Heather Schlegel
@psaffo – Paul Saffo
@MareeConway – Maree Conway
@dunagan23 – Jake Dunagan
@jenjarratt – Jennifer Jarratt
@kevin2kelly – Kevin Kelly
@wendyinfutures – Wendy L Schultz
@patrickdixon – Patrick Dixon
@Joi – Joi Ito
@GreatDismal – William Gibson
@futuristpaul – Paul Higgins
@futuramb – P A Martin Börjesson
@kristinalford – Kristin Alford
@nraford – Noah Raford
@avantgame – Jane McGonigal
@DavidBrin – David Brin
@jhagel – John Hagel
@fastfuture – Rohit Talwar
@singularityhub – Singularity Hub
@singularityu – SingularityU
@futureguru – Dr. James Canton
@timeguide – Ian Pearson
@FutureCon – Future Conscience
Amazon textbook rentals: fine-print bans taking books over state lines
If you thought Google deleting your ebooks when you cross a border is unreasonable, check this out: Amazon’s textbook rental service comes with fine-print that allows the company to bill your credit card for the full amount if they think you’ve crossed a state line with it. It’s not clear exactly what’s going on here, but all signs point to this being part of Amazon’s strategy for avoiding having to pay state sales-tax.
Interesting with electronic fences for books. Wonder what will be next?!
Good (and funny) point about automization of society…
Suddenly the discussion shifted to the larger systemic issue of radicalization of police. It is very clear that the people inhabiting the government institutions have a hard time managing this shift towards a transparent passion-driven world where the unruly powers of masses of people can and will occur seemingly unpredictable.
This is from a humane standpoint a horrible development when people in charge are following obsolete strategies, obviously are afraid and at the same time have almost limitless access to deadly power.
Hopefully the events in Ferguson will spark a debate examining this development and questioning the path it is taking…
Source: Business Insider
Interesting and unimaginative to attribute the democrat presidents economic track record to luck…
Source: Boing Boing
The global investment in infrastructure will almost double until 2025 - to 9 billion - so there is no doubt where the overflow of capital looking for long term investment opportunities will go?
The report also underlines the uncertainties in these numbers by referring to WEF report risks list. Interesting!
How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids
Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world. They’ll grow up thinking about the internet with the same nonchalance that I hold toward my toaster and teakettle.
Full Story; Wired
General Electric plans to announce Monday that it has created a “data lake” method of analyzing sensor information from industrial machinery in places like railroads, airlines, hospitals and utilities. G.E. has been putting sensors on everything it can for a couple of years, and now it is out to read all that information quickly. The company, working with an outfit called Pivotal, said that in the last three months it has looked at information from 3.4 million miles of flights by 24 airlines using G.E. jet engines. G.E. said it figured out things like possible defects 2,000 times as fast as it could before. The company has to, since it’s getting so much more data. “In 10 years, 17 billion pieces of equipment will have sensors,” said William Ruh, vice president of G.E. software. “We’re only one-tenth of the way there.”