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Month: October, 2012

✌ Amplification & the changing role of media — Tech News and Analysis

✌ Amplification & the changing role of media — Tech News and Analysis:

For the past few days, I have been thinking about the evolution of what media is and its expanded role in the information ecosystem. What got me thinking was Twitter co-founder and Square CEO…

✌ The Limits of Crowd Wisdom

✌ The Limits of Crowd Wisdom:

Jaron Lanier in You Are Not A Gadget: There are certain types of answers that ought not be provided by an individual. When a government bureaucrat sets a price, for instance, the result is often…

✌ Japan’s nuclear disaster: Meet the Fukushima 50? No, you can’t | The Economist

✌ Japan’s nuclear disaster: Meet the Fukushima 50? No, you can’t | The Economist:

IT HAS taken the Japanese government more than 18 months to pay tribute to a group of brave men, once known as the “Fukushima 50”, who risked their lives to prevent meltdowns at the Fukushima…

✌ A Letter to My Allies on the Left | The Nation

✌ A Letter to My Allies on the Left | The Nation:

This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.  Editor’s note: The original…

✌ Work More, Make More? – By Charles Kenny | Foreign Policy

✌ Work More, Make More? – By Charles Kenny | Foreign Policy:

Declinists, get ready to fret: Sometime this past summer, the average net worth of Canadians surpassed that of Americans. Adding insult to injury, Canadians have universal health care and a lower…

✌ For Some Drivers, Electric Motorcycle Could Be the Best of Both Worlds – NYTimes.com

✌ For Some Drivers, Electric Motorcycle Could Be the Best of Both Worlds – NYTimes.com:

A prototype of an electric motorcycle, which has a gyro stabilization system. SAN FRANCISCO — Zipping around on a motorcycle can be fun, but being in a downpour or an accident on one is not. Driving…

✌ Per Square Mile: When everyone lives in a city

✌ Per Square Mile: When everyone lives in a city:

Here’s a fun thought experiment. Plot the population of the world since 500 BCE. Now plot the population of the 50 largest cities over that same time. If you distill equations to describe the…

✌ BLDGBLOG: Keys to the City

✌ BLDGBLOG: Keys to the City:

[Image: The “keys to the city,” via the New York Post. One key description reads: “What you could do: Take over the subways”]. A set of “master keys” to the infrastructure of New York City popped up…

✌ Micro, Macro, Meso, and Meta Economics by Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng – Project Syndicate

✌ Micro, Macro, Meso, and Meta Economics by Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng – Project Syndicate:

Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space HONG KONG – Given the crisis weighing down the world economy and financial markets, it is not surprising that a substantive…

✌ The Decline of the Car? Part 2: These Youngsters Ain’t Interested – Core77

✌ The Decline of the Car? Part 2: These Youngsters Ain’t Interested – Core77:

 Vienna Design Week 2012: Passionswege, Mathias Hahn x Staud’s Preserves  Bell & Ross Watch Design Development by Baptise Mathieu Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   9 Oct 2012…