but we are actually all winds
ever more than before
even ever more than before 
gaining 
speeding 
booming
towards future 
speeding
and redeeming laughters
and happiest laughters
Start page JUMO | Code for America | good.is |
“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
▸ Toyota Will Sell You a Hydrogen-Powered Car Next Year | Autopia | Wired.com



Jan 06, 2014, 10:07pm  0 notes      

I think governments should use Kickstarter®

lalapaloser:

It might work best on the local level, but imagine if any kind of public works that governments wanted to carry out was left to local people to fund it as wanted. Some people want a road, they better fork over the cash. It’s a rough idea, but I’d like to see people paying for government actions as they want it, and not forcing everyone to pay for something that only benefits some people.

August 25, 2012, 6:27pm   3 notes
▸ [Israel-Palestine: Away from 'Politics'- Bringing Israelis and Arabs Closer via Tech Entrepreneurship, Case of NGT in Nazareth]

In Israel, Commerce amid Conflict, Stacy Perman, Aug 15 2012, TIME

Old news. From 2012 Aug. There could be setbacks and newer obstacles but still. Seems there already are good amount of materials on this type of development on Web? 

Indeed, NGT was formed with a triple bottom line in mind. While its main goal is to translate ideas into profitable companies, it was also established as a vehicle to integrate Israel’s sizable Arab minority into the nation’s economy while promoting co-existence between Jews and Arabs. This idea that business can move the ball when politics can’t is one that has quietly been gaining currency. Israeli industrialist Stef Wertheimer, who sold an 80% stake in his company Iscar to Warren Buffett for $4 billion in 2006, has long championed the idea. More important, he has demonstrated that creating jobs and economic prosperity can do much to defuse conflicts. For the past 28 years, his five industrial parks in Israel — home to 73 companies that generate sales of $700 million and employ more than 2,000 people — and one in Turkey have helped entrepreneurs in low-income, high-unemployment regions develop businesses for export. In Nazareth in early July, Wertheimer broke ground on the seventh industrial park that he is financing, which is expected to house up to 25 export-oriented enterprises and create 500 to 1,000 new jobs in the short term.

[…]

It’s just one more hurdle in NGT’s eight-year fight to move from conflict to commerce. Perhaps Helmi Kittani explained it best when he said, “From my perspective, the most important aspect of NGT’s success has been the process itself — namely that we proved that it was possible for Arab and joint Jewish-Arab ventures to initiate, attract investment from both Arab and Jewish investors, become stable and grow. For our investors, the goal was not necessarily to turn a profit but to create the social fabric that would stimulate entrepreneurship. From that perspective, NGT has already provided an enormous return on investment.” Perhaps so, although robust profitability has a way of unifying people too.



Source: TIME

Aug 20, 2012, 12:01pm  1 note      

courtenaybird:

Silicon Valley tech boom is inflating rents… by a lot 
San Francisco red-hot startup activity is not only inflating the commercial real estate market, but it is also having an impact on the residential rental market, data shows. Since January 2011, annual rents are up by $5000 but things are even worse down in the Peninsula. Some are blaming it on the IPO market, but I personally think it is more and more people moving to SF Bay Area, working for tech startups and thus putting pressure on the local real estate market. 

Note to self: Need to get hold of few different analysis/perspective on this. Esp if estate bubble in SF Bay Area is going to repeat itself - there is a need to attempt to extract few lessons, if possible. 

courtenaybird:

Silicon Valley tech boom is inflating rents… by a lot 

San Francisco red-hot startup activity is not only inflating the commercial real estate market, but it is also having an impact on the residential rental market, data shows. Since January 2011, annual rents are up by $5000 but things are even worse down in the Peninsula. Some are blaming it on the IPO market, but I personally think it is more and more people moving to SF Bay Area, working for tech startups and thus putting pressure on the local real estate market. 

Note to self: Need to get hold of few different analysis/perspective on this. Esp if estate bubble in SF Bay Area is going to repeat itself - there is a need to attempt to extract few lessons, if possible. 

smarterplanet:

Google plots the 20-year evolution of the Web | CNET News
As part of its Google I/O extravaganza, Google released an interactive visualization that tracks the evolution of the Web over the last 20 years in terms of user and data growth, as well as the core Web technologies that have driven the transformation of the Internet from plain old HTML to a rich, interactive medium.

smarterplanet:

Google plots the 20-year evolution of the Web | CNET News

As part of its Google I/O extravaganza, Google released an interactive visualization that tracks the evolution of the Web over the last 20 years in terms of user and data growth, as well as the core Web technologies that have driven the transformation of the Internet from plain old HTML to a rich, interactive medium.

fastcompany:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a suite of Microsoft Surface products, including a signature tablet. The 9.3 mm Microsoft Surface tablet, powered by Windows 8, is a hair thinner than the 9.4 mm iPad 3, and its 10.6-inch display has a full inch on the iPad’s. The Surface’s two standout features are a full-sized, multitouch keyboard with trackpad that also doubles as the device’s case, and a built-in kickstand for hands-free use. It also includes a magnetized stylus that uses digital ink and a full-sized USB 2 port.

Watch the video->

Oh - 

but why it still has to be called ‘Surface’ ? 

But

Palestinian students create [Facial Recognition] program to measure happiness, Al Arabiya

Nonverbal behavior has been seen as a powerful tool by scientists and analysts in unearthing subconscious thoughts and emotions through signals given off by humans.

Modern technology now offers more pathways in determining emotions rather than relying predominantly on human analysis.

In the West Bank town of Hebron, students at the Palestine Polytechnic University say they have designed a software program that can measure a person’s emotions.

Happiness Measurement, as the program has been named, uses still images and videos to analyse and determine the degree of a person’s happiness. 

Anas Omar and Anas Shawar developed the program, and have used it on faces of their political leaders. They found out from an experiment that current president Mahmoud Abbas was happy and late president Yasser Arafat to be unhappy, according to Happiness Measurement.

"The Happiness Measurement software is our final graduation project. We use still photos and videos to measure the degree of happiness in a picture. We heard that this kind of software is being used in Berlin. The project is currently being developed to measure the age or sex of a person through videos or still pictures."

Project supervisor Abdel Fatah Najar said emotions are universal and the program aims to recognize them. The students say their software can give an idea of a person’s general mood, whereas simply looking at a photo gives a basic impression of whether a person is happy or sad.

Shawar said the program took three months to design and install, but now the students are seeking funding to travel and participate in international conferences in a bid to further enhance their software.

Happiness Measurement can be downloaded directly from the internet onto mobile phones and computers. Omar and Shawar say they are keen to expand the use of the technology across Palestine.

By Noora Faraj
Al Arabiya with Agencies



May 16, 2012, 10:12pm  1 note

▸ Palestinian students create [facial recognition] program to measure happiness, Al Arabiya

Nonverbal behavior has been seen as a powerful tool by scientists and analysts in unearthing subconscious thoughts and emotions through signals given off by humans. Modern technology now offers more pathways in determining emotions rather than relying predominantly on human analysis. In the West Bank town of Hebron, students at the Palestine Polytechnic University say they have designed a software program that can measure a person’s emotions. Happiness Measurement, as the program has been named, uses still images and videos to analyse and determine the degree of a person’s happiness. Anas Omar and Anas Shawar developed the program, and have used it on faces of their political leaders. They found out from an experiment that current president Mahmoud Abbas was happy and late president Yasser Arafat to be unhappy, according to Happiness Measurement. “The Happiness Measurement software is our final graduation project. We use still photos and videos to measure the degree of happiness in a picture. We heard that this kind of software is being used in Berlin. The project is currently being developed to measure the age or sex of a person through videos or still pictures.” Project supervisor Abdel Fatah Najar said emotions are universal and the program aims to recognize them. The students say their software can give an idea of a person’s general mood, whereas simply looking at a photo gives a basic impression of whether a person is happy or sad. Shawar said the program took three months to design and install, but now the students are seeking funding to travel and participate in international conferences in a bid to further enhance their software. Happiness Measurement can be downloaded directly from the internet onto mobile phones and computers. Omar and Shawar say they are keen to expand the use of the technology across Palestine.

1. Greatest news! 2. MENA pushing for IT is absolutely way to go! 3. Gotta find DL source! :)



Source: english.alarabiya.net

May 16, 2012, 3:49pm  0 notes      

infoneer-pulse:

Newspapers Are America’s Fastest-Shrinking Industry

…The industries that added the most jobs, according to the analysis, were “internet, hospitals & healthcare, health, wellness & fitness, and oil & energy.” The housing bubble industries — notably, banking and construction — and demand-sensitive sectors like retail, warehousing, and restaurants, had the worst losses. 

» via The Atlantic

tech bubb… (zip)

infoneer-pulse:

Newspapers Are America’s Fastest-Shrinking Industry

…The industries that added the most jobs, according to the analysis, were “internet, hospitals & healthcare, health, wellness & fitness, and oil & energy.” The housing bubble industries — notably, banking and construction — and demand-sensitive sectors like retail, warehousing, and restaurants, had the worst losses. 

» via The Atlantic

tech bubb… (zip)

infoneer-pulse:

Pinterest’s Copyright Strategy Puts the Burden on Users

Pinterest, the social network that encourages image hoarding, hasn’t done a very good job preparing for the inevitable copyright scandal the site will face. At its essence, Pinterest seems to encourage copyright infringement as it asks users to steal and share images in acts of  ”delightful, addictive, theft,” as The Awl’s Choire Sicha aptly put it. With a mission that’s defined by illegal sharing, one would think that the site would better prepare itself for legal challenges. It hasn’t.

» via The Atlantic

But Tumblr hasn’t really - … hmm 

infoneer-pulse:

Pinterest’s Copyright Strategy Puts the Burden on Users

Pinterest, the social network that encourages image hoarding, hasn’t done a very good job preparing for the inevitable copyright scandal the site will face. At its essence, Pinterest seems to encourage copyright infringement as it asks users to steal and share images in acts of  ”delightful, addictive, theft,” as The Awl’s Choire Sicha aptly put it. With a mission that’s defined by illegal sharing, one would think that the site would better prepare itself for legal challenges. It hasn’t.

» via The Atlantic

But Tumblr hasn’t really - … hmm 

heller:
Geek: Sony figures out how to charge you for using a power outlet

If you do regularly charge your devices in a public location for free, Sony may be about to ruin your day. It has developed a new power outlet that can identify who is connecting to it, and therefore allows for an individual to be charged for use.


Not a good news

heller:

Geek: Sony figures out how to charge you for using a power outlet

If you do regularly charge your devices in a public location for free, Sony may be about to ruin your day. It has developed a new power outlet that can identify who is connecting to it, and therefore allows for an individual to be charged for use.

Not a good news

courtenaybird:

State of the U.S. Social Networking Market: Facebook Maintains Leadership Position, but Upstarts Gaining Traction 

India announces $35 tablet computer to help lift villagers out of poverty

via poptech
 

The launch — attended by hundreds of students, some selected to help train others across the country in the tablet’s use — followed five years of efforts to design a $10 computer that could bridge the country’s vast digital divide.
“People laughed, people called us lunatics,” ministry official N.K. Sinha said. “They said we are taking the nation for a ride.”
Although the $10 goal wasn’t achieved, the Aakash has a color screen and provides word processing, Web browsing and video conferencing. The Android 2.2-based device has two USB ports and 256 megabytes of RAM. Despite hopes for a solar-powered version — important for India’s energy-starved hinterlands — no such option is currently available.
Both Sibal and Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli called for competition to improve the product and drive prices down further.
“The intent is to start a price war. Let it start,” Tuli said, inviting others to do the job better and break technological ground — while still making a commercially viable product.
As for the $10 goal, “let’s dream and go in that direction. Let’s start with that target and see what happens,” he said.
The students Wednesday were well-briefed on the goal of providing tablets for the poor, although most in attendance already had access to computers at home or in their schools.
“A person learns quite fast when they have a computer at home,” said Shashank Kumar, 21, a computer engineering student from Jodhpur, Bihar, who was one of five people selected in his northern state to travel to villages and demonstrate the device. “In just a few years people can even become hackers.”
India, after raising literacy to about 78 percent from 12 percent when British rule ended, is now focusing on higher education with a 2020 goal of 30 percent enrollment. Today, only 7 percent of Indians graduate from high school.
“To every child in India I carry this message. Aim for the sky and beyond. There is nothing holding you back,” Sibal said before distributing about 650 of the tablets to the students.

+ Alright it has 2GB of flash storage

India announces $35 tablet computer to help lift villagers out of poverty

via poptech

The launch — attended by hundreds of students, some selected to help train others across the country in the tablet’s use — followed five years of efforts to design a $10 computer that could bridge the country’s vast digital divide.

“People laughed, people called us lunatics,” ministry official N.K. Sinha said. “They said we are taking the nation for a ride.”

Although the $10 goal wasn’t achieved, the Aakash has a color screen and provides word processing, Web browsing and video conferencing. The Android 2.2-based device has two USB ports and 256 megabytes of RAM. Despite hopes for a solar-powered version — important for India’s energy-starved hinterlands — no such option is currently available.

Both Sibal and Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli called for competition to improve the product and drive prices down further.

“The intent is to start a price war. Let it start,” Tuli said, inviting others to do the job better and break technological ground — while still making a commercially viable product.

As for the $10 goal, “let’s dream and go in that direction. Let’s start with that target and see what happens,” he said.

The students Wednesday were well-briefed on the goal of providing tablets for the poor, although most in attendance already had access to computers at home or in their schools.

“A person learns quite fast when they have a computer at home,” said Shashank Kumar, 21, a computer engineering student from Jodhpur, Bihar, who was one of five people selected in his northern state to travel to villages and demonstrate the device. “In just a few years people can even become hackers.”

India, after raising literacy to about 78 percent from 12 percent when British rule ended, is now focusing on higher education with a 2020 goal of 30 percent enrollment. Today, only 7 percent of Indians graduate from high school.

“To every child in India I carry this message. Aim for the sky and beyond. There is nothing holding you back,” Sibal said before distributing about 650 of the tablets to the students.

+ Alright it has 2GB of flash storage

▸ Giant Algae Tubes Could Provide NEW Biofuel Solution

envirolutionary:

As I read this story I remember discussing the possiblity of this in my biology class in college. It excites me that this is happening so close. The University of Texas has opened a new center at the J.J. Pickle research center that could provide new solutions in how to harvest the power of algae for fuel.

Just off a dirt road in northwest Austin stand hundreds of 12-foot-tall tubes filled with green liquid. Nearly 15,000 gallons of algae grow inside the tubes, which are housed in a massive structure called a shade house. Lab workers have to climb ladders to peek inside and tend to the tiny organisms.

For decades, scientists have been trying to find ways to mass-produce algae as a viable source of fuel for vehicles. High costs and environmental factors have created insurmountable roadblocks.

Now, researchers hope, a new facility at the University of Texas will help them move closer to that goal.

“You need three things to grow algae: carbon dioxide, dirty water and sunshine,” said Michael Webber, an assistant professor in UT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Texas has abundant supplies of all three.”

The university opened the large facility that houses the algae tubes three weeks ago at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus with the objective of mass-producing algae for use as biofuel and other byproducts. AlgEternal Technologies, L.L.C., a company based in Austin whose CEO is state Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, partnered with the university’s UTEX Culture Collection of Algae — one of the largest algae collections in the world — to develop the technology to grow the plants for the project. Another Texas company, OpenAlgae, L.L.C., works with the university’s Center for Electromechanics to cost-effectively extract oil from the algae.

Algae can be used to make products other than biofuel, including animal feed, food supplements and pharmaceuticals, said Jerry Brand, the Jack S. Josey professor in energy studies and the director of the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae.

Michael Jochum, AlgEternal’s chief scientist, said one potential key to successfully growing large quantities of algae for commercial use is the project’s Vertical Growth Module — those giant tubes. The facility grows algae in a closed system that uses the sun as its main source of energy and reduces production costs and the chances of predators or diseases attacking the algae. Growing the cultures vertically also means scientists can produce a lot of algae in a relatively small area.

“Algae has typically been grown horizontally in open ponds, where limiting factors like poor sunlight and contamination from outside organisms have prevented large-scale algae production,” Jochum said.

The UTEX Culture Collection of Algae works with AlgEternal to decide which kinds of cultures should be grown and under what conditions, Brand said.

“They have the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gases and decreasing our dependence on crude oil,” Brand said. “Algae can grow much faster than plants. They don’t require as much water, and they can grow in places that plants can’t, like deserts.”

That is especially important for Texas because of the severe drought gripping most of the state.

Beyond the central problem of figuring out how to economically grow large amounts of algae, Brand said, is the complexity of working with vast amounts of it.

“No one has ever grown microorganisms on a huge scale before,” he said. “As you scale up, more unexpected problems arise.”



Reblogged from envirolutionary.

Oct 03, 2011, 2:33pm  6 notes      

 
“Computers let you make worlds appear out of thin air. When I started doing computer science, I was immediately drawn to graphics and simulation. With these games, it’s like taking that idea to the next level. If you can create a program that simulates a protein or an RNA, that means people could experience these things. They could almost be the same size as an RNA and fold it like a toy. If you can play with it like a toy, maybe you can figure out stuff no one else knows.”
Adrien Treuille (2011 Science Fellow), an assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, tells Smart Planet that when it comes to protein folding problems, untrained online gamers are more talented than even the best computer programs.  (via poptech)

August 31, 2011, 12:52pm  119 notes