Public libraries now outnumber retail bookstores by two to one in the United States, and are fast becoming the only in-person book browsing option for the residents of many communities.
This is an interesting effect in the development around books, publishers, writers and readers. One consequence of this will be that publishers soon don’t have any physical outlets part from the libraries. If the publishers realize this predicament they can take two different paths
- boost their presence and build their market base around physical contact with customer together with libraries
- or, since libraries are not very responsible to commercial logic, increase their transition speed towards a completely digital model where physical outlets becomes irrelevant
The outcome of this choice will have a fundamental impact on the future of libraries.
Citizens can support their cities like never before on platforms like Kickstarter. Here’s a look at what makes a winning civic campaign.
While most of the action in crowdfunding has been around private entrepreneurial projects, recently…
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
An interesting move! It will most likely increase the pace of innovation in the electric car race a bit… And since traditional automotive companies are extremely slow this will definitively increase the gap between the fast and the slow.
Elon Musk shows also that he believes the world isn’t a zero sum game, but a game of sharing where we can win together if we collaborate. Another important lesson for traditional companies! And what is more important: this game we must win together…
The Zeus Is A 3D Printer, Scanner, And Teleportation Machine All In One
Created by AIO Robotics, the $2,499 printer has a build area of 8 by 6 by 5.7 inches and can scan objects up to five inches high. It has a 7-inch front touch screen for managing print jobs and a replaceable extruder which makes it easy to fix things if they break. The system is, obviously, fairly simple: the 3D printer is a standard plastic filament system that can print at 80 microns and scan at 125 microns.
Full Story: TechCrunch
In short - a 3D fax machine…?!
One reason I will eventually move away from my chosen name for the technology — robocar — along with the other popular names like “self-driving car” is that this future vehicle is not a car, not as we know it today. It is no more a “driverless car” than a modern automobile is a horseless…
I agree totally that “self driving car” is a strange expression and compares well to “horseless X” but why not reinvent the word “automobile” to refer to what it really means - a vehicle that moves automatically e i by itself?
The way the world’s financial markets ‘work’ has ceased to follow classical models, and now the experts cannot track risk. Welcome to the postnormal.
Susanne Walker and Liz Capo McCormick, Unstoppable $100 Trillion Bond Market Renders Models Useless - Bloomberg
If the insatiable demand for…
The telematics connected cars are, as I have claimed for many years, wide open to these form of attacks.
Just think about this: In the 1990:s when the cars were gradually transformed to bus connected computer network, who were the designing engineers? It was almost always the electrical engineers who learned a thing or two to code microprocessors in assembler. Processors which they connected through a bus that replaced the cables. When the cars became connected to the telematics networks the engineers claimed that the solutions were extremely secure, just because they had put some security measures here and there. None of these systems were actually ever challenged by hackers.
Are you feeling secure in your car now?
Another reason why I love my ‘69 VW Bug. Can’t hack it with a computer. A screwdriver maybe, but not a computer
Serious Business, Summer Pierre
This is really good! Even if you stop in short of the deeper normative consequences of growing up, the first sentences is a very good description of what we see around us, and especially in the westen world. Most people today don’t grow up because it is too darn difficult!
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