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Yifat Cohen68,574How Do You Rise To The Top?In 2008, at the age of 24, +David Garland took all of the Bar Mitzvah money he'd saved up and started a television show in St. Louis, Missouri on ABC with literally zero experience writing, producing or hosting a television show. The Rise To The Top TV show focused on entrepreneurship and aired for 36 episodes.HOW DID HE DO IT, AND HOW CAN YOU DO IT TOO?How did a kid with no experience managed to interview The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Two-time New York Times Best Selling Author +Tim Ferriss and creator of Wine Library TV +Gary Vaynerchuk, among others?YOUR 30 MIN. WITH DAVIDIn the tradition of my What's Your Story? Entrepreneurial Interviews, you get the last 30 minutes to engage in conversation with David and fill in your own gaps so that you get the answers you need to reach the same level of success.RSVP FOR EARLY INVITATIONSAnd to make sure I get your questions answered - start typing them here.FUN FACTS ABOUT DAVIDDavid is the Creator/Host of The Rise To The Top: The #1 Badass Show, Resource & Community For Mediapreneurs.Author of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper and super passionate about helping mediaprenuers (entrepreneurs who create media) grow their biz like a weed and dominate online. (Grab it here: http://amzn.to/P5g11D)David's interviews have been viewed over 6,000,000 times in over 100 countries.Creator of Create Awesome Interviews the #1 program to help folks create their own interview-based web show with hundreds of graduates creating shows on everything from NASCAR to healthy living.How to create and profit from your own interview-based web show?2012-09-13 18:00:00107G+

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Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525CC G+
Mike Elgan3,437,756Behold! The new League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!My League of Extraordinary Circle Friends is my hand-picked group of super charming super-sharers! I want you to do three things: 1. Click the "Add people" button below and circle this group (especially if you've circle this group previously -- doing this will update the group without duplicates). 2. Share this post with all your circles. 3. Share this post with people who are looking for awesome people to circle on G+. I've added four new people to the League.+Amira Elgan! Yes: She's my wife. And I've been trying to avoid adding her for a year. But her stream is perfect for the League so I've added her. +Noble Ackerson is a super nice and interesting guy, a super nerd and consummate glasshole -- he uses Google Glass to great effect to bring you into his world. In fact, the only bigger glasshole I know is... +Cecilia Abadie and Noble work at the same company, and Ceclia is another Glass user with a wonderful Google+ stream. +Andreas Katifes gives you a window into Greek scenes and Greek food that's so compelling you might accidentally quit your job and move to Greece. Welcome to the League, everyone! 2014-07-27 23:39:2625111341CC G+
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990616CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812CC G+
Lose Those Poundz1,283Health and Weight loss Circle V 1.0This is a super circle and in it I have put together a group of really interesting and active friends on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the *top Google+ users who share and reshare unique and original contents regarding weight loss and healthy eating.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with like minded people who share marvelous content:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be circled and added  to the next circle, do these simple steps:1 - Add this circle2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Plus 1 the post 4 - CommentIf you already have me in circle and want to be included in the next circle to be shared, don't be sad, just  leave a comment. Saying you wish to be included. More you share, more you get sharedHave fun! #circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedpubliccircles     #addpeople     #addcircle       #weightloss   #healthyeating  2014-07-11 04:13:23483105CC G+
Becky Collins12,812Small Business Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400114CC G+
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319369CC G+
Robert Connor8,877public circle share1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #morefollowers  #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer2014-05-28 11:24:43490171235CC G+
Harry Day305Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle·         +1 this circle·         Share this circle·         Add this circle to your circles·         Comment on this post#SpecialNew #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #veryimpcircle #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #fashoncircle #fashion #model #pinterest #women #sharedcircles #share2014-05-16 11:29:50433337CC G+
Анна Красота0very cool circle!#круги   #обмен  #кругляши #круглим   #круги #Google+   #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  2014-05-14 16:49:29401107CC G+
rudi firmansyah442please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-12 18:26:34501001CC G+
fendy syahputra409please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-12 05:34:44501114CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,016#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-09 20:16:39311233CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
Jean-François Durocher3,158I've never shared any circle but I'll try it today. This circle is on that I built over the last month or so of interesting people on G+. Some are popular some are less but I think it's a good idea to give them all a try and see what they can bring to your Google+ experience.Thanks guys for this cool G+ experience. #engagers   #circles   #circle  2014-03-03 20:50:551865312CC G+
John Nuntiatio28,623#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-03-01 15:15:34459271930CC G+
Scott Lewis119,839*The Amazing Women Circle*So as today's Hangout from +STEM Women on G+ w/ +Jonathan Eisen started, I decided to go back through my "Amazing Women's Circle" and feature the fantastic people that enrich my life, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These brilliant women contribute regularly here on +Google+ and are a shining example of how it doesn't matter what sex or gender you are, everyone can do remarkable things.Please feel free to share this about and let me know in the comments if there are more Amazing Women I should add to this group! #STEMWomen   #GenderEquality   #Equality   #ScienceEveryday   #ScienceSunday  2014-02-16 21:06:57103251529CC G+
Mike Elgan3,022,401Drafting +Renata Sherwin into the League!Click "Add people" below to circle my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!" (And please SHARE with all your circles!)My Google+ charm offensive continues with the addition of one +Renata Sherwin into the League. Renata was an early Google+ superstar, then mysteriously vanished for awhile. Now she's back, bigger than life, and sharing her world and discoveries. Welcome to the League, Renata!!2014-01-26 18:46:493220625CC G+
John Nuntiatio19,970#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-11-26 17:06:3046713517CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
John Nuntiatio19,329#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-11-17 16:29:574667310CC G+
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117CC G+
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003CC G+
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
Kathryn Nokony7,394Here is a circle of dynamic Women from all walks of life #circleshare  2013-10-08 17:50:17422815CC G+
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682CC G+
Laura Milani1,520Topengagers Laura CircleHappy Saturday People !  May you have a great shopping day !This #sharedcircle has my top engagers for great ripples !Laura2013-09-07 15:57:562946214CC G+
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Mike Elgan2,555,670Please click 'Add people' below!It's still August. And that means the Blogs of August experiment is still picking up steam. We've got 166 dedicated bloggers now blogging primarily on Google+. Please click Add people to add this circle (even if you've already added it in the past) then share this post to "Public!*2013-08-28 04:19:0216515629CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
Science on Google+69,339Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Science on Google+ Database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRScience on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/uhJCNIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.2013-08-15 23:58:07292202753CC G+
Mike Elgan2,515,444More bloggers in the Blogs of August - Please 'Add people' again!I've added more bloggers to the Blogs of August circle since the last time you added this circle. Please add again to get the new people!Also: Please share this circle with all of YOUR circles. August is halfway done -- let's support Google+ blogging by adding, sharing and promoting the Blogs of August!2013-08-15 11:20:36148291535CC G+
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309CC G+
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018412CC G+
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255986CC G+

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2014-07-02 19:15:24 (32 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)

Don't have boring passwords! Check out this gif on how to create fun passwords that are hard to crack. #PasswordDay. Learn more at passwordday.org

Most reshares: 13

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2014-04-02 07:38:31 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s)

Reverse Arrow Optical Illusion

Look Mah; I can do magic! This is a nice experiment to do with the kids. 

This is simply a demo of refraction: bending of light. #scienceeveryday  

A whimsical example: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113881433443048137993/posts/MgCxqhMsngq

Sources:
Gif extracted from: http://youtu.be/G303o8pJzls
Physics Central info on Refraction: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/79356632627

Most plusones: 35

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2014-07-07 08:54:54 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)

When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth 

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2014-08-18 03:44:09 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)

Robotic waiters: no longer a sci-fi dream

Although you can't tell these waiters stories, you can expect them to bring you yqur order with speed and accuracy. Robots have been capable of doing many interactive tasks for quite a while now, so it's nice to see them finally take a step in finding applications, and not just a sci-fi dream.

This is the beginning of a new era, in which numerous mundane jobs will be replaced, and we need to earnestly start thinking about how to design our society to give humans a value contribution to society too - and a support and economic system that works together with very different sector distribution. We need to be able to manage digital expectations too as individuals, in order to survive in our changing society.

Think about that when you order your burger from a robot, or when a drone delivers your post, or when your car... more »

Robotic waiters: no longer a sci-fi dream

Although you can't tell these waiters stories, you can expect them to bring you yqur order with speed and accuracy. Robots have been capable of doing many interactive tasks for quite a while now, so it's nice to see them finally take a step in finding applications, and not just a sci-fi dream.

This is the beginning of a new era, in which numerous mundane jobs will be replaced, and we need to earnestly start thinking about how to design our society to give humans a value contribution to society too - and a support and economic system that works together with very different sector distribution. We need to be able to manage digital expectations too as individuals, in order to survive in our changing society.

Think about that when you order your burger from a robot, or when a drone delivers your post, or when your car drives you to work. Once legislators step out of the way, it's doing to be a very interestind and radically different world.

/via +Larry press___

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2014-08-17 03:45:12 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Something which I think the great minds in this community might have some great ideas about. Is anyone here familiar with the Market Basket story?

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and hopefully one day also a status quo.

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt ___Something which I think the great minds in this community might have some great ideas about. Is anyone here familiar with the Market Basket story?

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2014-08-17 03:21:53 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and... more »

Putting people first: a new model for market differentiation

I'm hopeful that, as markets become more saturated, we are going to see more of this type of company. Companies where the key strategic differentiator is putting people first.

I haven't fully analysed the Market Basket case, but it looks at first glance that the former CEO did something rare: he engaged workers, employees, and customers in dialogue to understand and follow through on answering their needs before competitors become aware of them. As a result, the whole community rallies behind its leader. This is how community leadership works, one of the cornerstones of successful digital media channel engagement. I'd say that with digital platforms on the rise, we are looking at a future where community leadership will increasingly become a market differentiator and channel for advance market research and hopefully one day also a status quo.

/via +Gideon Rosenblatt ___

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2014-08-08 08:55:04 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)

When will computers be able to think?

IBM's TrueNorth chip looks quite interesting: it's a neural network chip that operates at a fraction of the power that conventional chips use.

While it is by no means a human brain, and while chips with this sort of circuitry can't run your typical (deterministic!) apps and consumer goodies efficiently, it should lead to some fascinating applications in prediction models, simulations, weather forecasting, and perhaps even teaching computers emotional intelligence one day.

/via +Laston Kirkland 

When will computers be able to think?

IBM's TrueNorth chip looks quite interesting: it's a neural network chip that operates at a fraction of the power that conventional chips use.

While it is by no means a human brain, and while chips with this sort of circuitry can't run your typical (deterministic!) apps and consumer goodies efficiently, it should lead to some fascinating applications in prediction models, simulations, weather forecasting, and perhaps even teaching computers emotional intelligence one day.

/via +Laston Kirkland ___

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2014-08-07 10:28:52 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 24 +1s)

Looking for more SEO? Turn on HTTPS

This is an interesting little tip: Google is planning to increase the weight of websites running HTTPS in their search ranking algorithm.

The reason they cite is security. Even if a website is not hosting any personal or private data, HTTPS makes it harder for attackers to take down the site. 

At the same time, it raises another question: who would you pick as a certificate issuing authority? Who is going to pick up the role of the 'free, validated, good-guy certificates that are widely-accepted'? Hm.. maybe a new business idea!

/via +John Hardy 

Looking for more SEO? Turn on HTTPS

This is an interesting little tip: Google is planning to increase the weight of websites running HTTPS in their search ranking algorithm.

The reason they cite is security. Even if a website is not hosting any personal or private data, HTTPS makes it harder for attackers to take down the site. 

At the same time, it raises another question: who would you pick as a certificate issuing authority? Who is going to pick up the role of the 'free, validated, good-guy certificates that are widely-accepted'? Hm.. maybe a new business idea!

/via +John Hardy ___

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2014-07-30 17:10:10 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

Metadata: intelligence agencies goldmine

This article is a great eye opener - to exactly how invasive metadata is. Metadata is the unseen header information that accompnies every digital transmission, whether internet browsing, email sending, or even making a phone call from a normal telephone.

Supposedly, this is non-invasive because the content of the email, website, or phone call is not included. But... you'll be surprised just how much can be inferred from metadata, such as when you are at home, your probable religious and political affiliations, and so on.

English version of the article: https://www.bof.nl/2014/07/30/how-your-innocent-smartphone-passes-on-almost-your-entire-life-to-the-secret-service/

Metadata: intelligence agencies goldmine

This article is a great eye opener - to exactly how invasive metadata is. Metadata is the unseen header information that accompnies every digital transmission, whether internet browsing, email sending, or even making a phone call from a normal telephone.

Supposedly, this is non-invasive because the content of the email, website, or phone call is not included. But... you'll be surprised just how much can be inferred from metadata, such as when you are at home, your probable religious and political affiliations, and so on.

English version of the article: https://www.bof.nl/2014/07/30/how-your-innocent-smartphone-passes-on-almost-your-entire-life-to-the-secret-service/___

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2014-07-29 08:02:36 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)

Cause for worry: dual standards in remote transaction security

A comment by +Carmelyne Thompson triggered an interesting thought: remote banking holds security to dual standards. Actually, it isn't just banking, but also most business and most official transactions. And given that we live in an increasingly digital world, that is quite worrying.

Let me give you a simple, harmless example: You want to perform a remote transaction, say changing your address at a bank. You have three options:

(1) Online banking: it runs over an encrypted connection, with full mandatory activity logging, and is authenticated  with an online password, and authorized with the security measure of the bank (multiple passphrases, single-use hardware-generated transaction access number, etc).

(2) Telephone banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, recording is optional,a... more »

Cause for worry: dual standards in remote transaction security

A comment by +Carmelyne Thompson triggered an interesting thought: remote banking holds security to dual standards. Actually, it isn't just banking, but also most business and most official transactions. And given that we live in an increasingly digital world, that is quite worrying.

Let me give you a simple, harmless example: You want to perform a remote transaction, say changing your address at a bank. You have three options:

(1) Online banking: it runs over an encrypted connection, with full mandatory activity logging, and is authenticated  with an online password, and authorized with the security measure of the bank (multiple passphrases, single-use hardware-generated transaction access number, etc).

(2) Telephone banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, recording is optional, and it authenticated and authorized with a single 4-digit passcode.

(3) Fax banking: it runs over an unencrypted connection, and requires merely that the sender has a photocopy of your signature handy to affix to the correct location on a letter. Fax quality is so high, that even a photocopy or printout of a such letter with pixellized signature copy would suffice.

... The same applies for other official requests, often with even more lenient acceptance standards, such as submitting tax documents, or issuing business purchase orders.

Perhaps - if security is really a concern - it is time to put the axe to some of these alternate transaction methods, or at least to bring authorization and authentication up to par with digital standards?

(Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arabani/4297542257/sizes/m/in/photostream/ )___

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2014-07-28 13:17:42 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)

Small, high-charge, long-life rechargeable batteries

Perhaps this sounds too good to be true: Batteries that are even more compact than ever, with a higher charge capacity than ever possible before. At least, given current mobile device batteries, it would seem that this is just a dream.

But according to this article, that could change: their latest research shows that this may be possible by putting a pure lithium anode into a protective carbon sheath, which protects it from instabilities. They're not quite there - they only retain 99% capacity after 150 charge cycles, as opposed to 99.9% that commercialization would need - but their research looks quite promising.

Full journal article: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2014.152.html

/via +Susan Stone 

Small, high-charge, long-life rechargeable batteries

Perhaps this sounds too good to be true: Batteries that are even more compact than ever, with a higher charge capacity than ever possible before. At least, given current mobile device batteries, it would seem that this is just a dream.

But according to this article, that could change: their latest research shows that this may be possible by putting a pure lithium anode into a protective carbon sheath, which protects it from instabilities. They're not quite there - they only retain 99% capacity after 150 charge cycles, as opposed to 99.9% that commercialization would need - but their research looks quite promising.

Full journal article: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2014.152.html

/via +Susan Stone ___

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2014-07-25 04:41:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)

Space debris isn't just a security threat, its a symbol of how we are still incapable of making peace.

It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to cleaning up Space debris is not going to be developing technology, which the USA and Switzerland among other nations have been on for some time, but rather preventing politicians from misconstrue the efforts as an excuse to attack each other. I wonder if we will ever grow up?

/via +Betsy McCall 

Space debris isn't just a security threat, its a symbol of how we are still incapable of making peace.

It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to cleaning up Space debris is not going to be developing technology, which the USA and Switzerland among other nations have been on for some time, but rather preventing politicians from misconstrue the efforts as an excuse to attack each other. I wonder if we will ever grow up?

/via +Betsy McCall ___

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2014-07-25 04:15:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Worth having a look at.

I was rather surprised by this presentation by Michael McCathren on loyalty marketing. I watched him tell his story all the way to the end of this 35 minute recording.
But here's the special part.  He played at the end. It moved me beyond words.  The story preceding that video established the base for the emotional impact, so please try not to skip ahead.
"Every life has a story."  ___Worth having a look at.

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2014-07-08 10:16:08 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

Self-driving trucks

Instead of just self-driving cars, why not self-driving trucks? Daimler is currently testing their self-driving vehicles, and this opens the door to a considerable distribution and logistic improvement.

The impact of self-driving trucks could be considerable in several respects:
1) faster delivery chains, with online purchases, and other goods delivery chains to be on the road 24/7 instead of with pauses and shifts
2) solving the problem of hiring drivers for this rather boring and poorly paid task
3) reducing truck accidents - which are not too unfrequent, as anyone who commutes regularly on the freeway knows!

Daimler's program, called 'highway pilot', hopes to bring their self-driving trucks to market in 2025. Their biggest hurdle, however, is not technology, but rather bureaucracy: how much effort will it take to get... more »

Self-driving trucks

Instead of just self-driving cars, why not self-driving trucks? Daimler is currently testing their self-driving vehicles, and this opens the door to a considerable distribution and logistic improvement.

The impact of self-driving trucks could be considerable in several respects:
1) faster delivery chains, with online purchases, and other goods delivery chains to be on the road 24/7 instead of with pauses and shifts
2) solving the problem of hiring drivers for this rather boring and poorly paid task
3) reducing truck accidents - which are not too unfrequent, as anyone who commutes regularly on the freeway knows!

Daimler's program, called 'highway pilot', hopes to bring their self-driving trucks to market in 2025. Their biggest hurdle, however, is not technology, but rather bureaucracy: how much effort will it take to get conservative governments to accept driverless trucks, and who takes the blame when something in the complex logistics chain goes wrong?

Official press release:
http://www.daimler.com/dccom/0-5-7171-49-1716137-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html___

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2014-07-08 07:32:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Put on your thinking cap, please: How can a cesarean birth cause epigenetic changes in DNA?

Catchy headline, sensational picture, and a big question of confusion on my brow: why should cesarian delivery be responsible for changes in genetic expression in the baby's DNA?

To be clear: the scientists claim that DNA methylation - which affects with what frequency genes are expressed - changes at a faster rate for babies delivered by cesarian section than for babies delivered naturally. The article suggests that this rate of methylation change may be responsible for further complications, in particular type-1 diabetes and immune system response - perhaps adding a bit more sensation and scare than necessary.

As a non-biologist and rational thinker, I'd suggest the more logical explanation to be: we know that babies are born on average after 9 months (10 if you count... more »

Put on your thinking cap, please: How can a cesarean birth cause epigenetic changes in DNA?

Catchy headline, sensational picture, and a big question of confusion on my brow: why should cesarian delivery be responsible for changes in genetic expression in the baby's DNA?

To be clear: the scientists claim that DNA methylation - which affects with what frequency genes are expressed - changes at a faster rate for babies delivered by cesarian section than for babies delivered naturally. The article suggests that this rate of methylation change may be responsible for further complications, in particular type-1 diabetes and immune system response - perhaps adding a bit more sensation and scare than necessary.

As a non-biologist and rational thinker, I'd suggest the more logical explanation to be: we know that babies are born on average after 9 months (10 if you count from impregnation), but variances of up to 3 weeks are considered 'normal'. Assuming babies are naturally born when they are 'ripe', a cesarean birth scheduled prior to the natural birth date would be an induced birth before the baby is fully mature, which would be a more likely cause for the higher rate of change than 'natural' births. And, if the baby in question should have been a latecomer, then one month of development time is a lot.

In other words: Maybe if hospitals changed their cesarean birth policy to 'cesarean birth will be performed when the birth pangs start' instead of 'cesarean birth will be performed upon appointment', the rate of DNA change would be identical to that in 'natural' births.

That said, I personally think that unnecessary cesarean complications are not beneficial, extremely costly, and I agree with +Matthew Strain that we should think twice before agreeing to a cesearian section.

#Geist #Health

/via +David Kokua ___

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2014-07-07 08:54:54 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)

Conquering your emotions

Stories play a large role in society - they are not only deeply intertwined bits of culture, history, and life, but they also shape our values and thoughts. So much so, that they can put you back in control over your emotions - and turn disheartenment back into inspiration. It seems, then, that the secret of shamanic 'medicine' is not mere ritual, superstition, and tradition: it is applied psychology with a different colored ribbon.

#Geist

/via +M Sinclair Stevens 

When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth ___Conquering your emotions

Stories play a large role in society - they are not only deeply intertwined bits of culture, history, and life, but they also shape our values and thoughts. So much so, that they can put you back in control over your emotions - and turn disheartenment back into inspiration. It seems, then, that the secret of shamanic 'medicine' is not mere ritual, superstition, and tradition: it is applied psychology with a different colored ribbon.

#Geist

/via +M Sinclair Stevens 

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2014-07-02 19:15:24 (32 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)

Easy-to-remember, secure passwords!

This is a brilliant animated GIF that should not only brighten your day, but also inspire your next password.

Passwords comprise an extremely notorious authentication mechanism. Let me explain why: you usually get a new password every time you 'forget' your password - thus making the password completely unnecessary, as you can just 'forget' it every time you need to log in, you don't actually need to remember your password anymore. You only need really need your email password.

That said, if you have to pick a password, at least have some fun doing so, and cuten up your passwords! Or, for the more geeky folk, you could try writing your favorite equations into that password field instead... the additional security comes from (1) more characters to brute-force, (2) multiple 'sets' of words, phrases, emoji, etc. to... more »

Don't have boring passwords! Check out this gif on how to create fun passwords that are hard to crack. #PasswordDay. Learn more at passwordday.org___Easy-to-remember, secure passwords!

This is a brilliant animated GIF that should not only brighten your day, but also inspire your next password.

Passwords comprise an extremely notorious authentication mechanism. Let me explain why: you usually get a new password every time you 'forget' your password - thus making the password completely unnecessary, as you can just 'forget' it every time you need to log in, you don't actually need to remember your password anymore. You only need really need your email password.

That said, if you have to pick a password, at least have some fun doing so, and cuten up your passwords! Or, for the more geeky folk, you could try writing your favorite equations into that password field instead... the additional security comes from (1) more characters to brute-force, (2) multiple 'sets' of words, phrases, emoji, etc. to combine, and (3) combining 'sets' increases the number of possible passwords attacking algorithms need to sift through. This still, however, does not help against phishing, data theft, or other such possible measures.

/via +John Foster

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2014-06-24 07:31:18 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)

Changing prices multiple times a day in a walk-in store?

Media Markt - a huge electronics chain in Germany - is going to change their prices multiple times per day to reflect market demand. This will get interesting - especially when they have paper advertisments running at the same time.

It's not as if the electronics branch is the first to adopt this model: we all know how gasoline stations adjust their prices on a regular basis. The only difference is that consumers won't have billboards outside of electronics outlets with the prices of all their products; they'll have to resort to mobile apps instead to stay on top of the pricewatch. 

Anyone in the Netherlands seen this? How does their trial work for you?

Changing prices multiple times a day in a walk-in store?

Media Markt - a huge electronics chain in Germany - is going to change their prices multiple times per day to reflect market demand. This will get interesting - especially when they have paper advertisments running at the same time.

It's not as if the electronics branch is the first to adopt this model: we all know how gasoline stations adjust their prices on a regular basis. The only difference is that consumers won't have billboards outside of electronics outlets with the prices of all their products; they'll have to resort to mobile apps instead to stay on top of the pricewatch. 

Anyone in the Netherlands seen this? How does their trial work for you?___

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2014-06-23 11:36:48 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)

Do you know the working environment around where you live?

I'd like to draw your attention to two things, that may be related, or independent:

1) Corruption. You may be surprised, but corruption is more widespread than you'd think. Check out Ernst & Young's full report at: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2012_TI_CPI/$FILE/2012%20TI%20CPI.pdf

2) Worker's rights. Do you know your rights? No? Maybe it's time to do some homework. And: knowing your rights is not the end of the story. There is a large gap between knowing your rights and enforcing your rights. I'm not sure how accurate this chart is in the latter, especially given how the corruption in many countries 'exceeds' the rights in those countries.

Have a look where your country stands - you may be surprised! And most importantly: do you know the worker's... more »

The Worst Places On The Planet To Be A Worker

A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of unions around the world, sheds light on the state of workers' rights across 139 countries. goo.gl/3j6wuK

The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice. goo.gl/kjjJrG

“Countries such as Denmark and Uruguay led the way through their strong labour laws, but perhaps surprisingly, the likes of Greece, the United States and Hong Kong, lagged behind,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow. “A country’s level of development proved to be a poor indicator of whether it respected basic rights to bargain collectively, strike for decent conditions, or simply join a union at all.”

Key findings:

*In the past year, governments of at least 35 countries have arrested or imprisoned workers as a tactic to resist demands for democratic rights, decent wages, safer working conditions and secure jobs.

*In at least 9 countries murder and disappearance of workers were commonly used to intimidate workers.

*Workers in at least 53 countries have been dismissed or suspended for attempting to negotiate better working conditions.

*Laws and practices in at least 87 countries exclude certain type of workers from the right to strike.

goo.gl/kjjJrG International Trade Union Confederation
goo.gl/M1A0SW The Huffington Post  | By Kevin Short___Do you know the working environment around where you live?

I'd like to draw your attention to two things, that may be related, or independent:

1) Corruption. You may be surprised, but corruption is more widespread than you'd think. Check out Ernst & Young's full report at: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2012_TI_CPI/$FILE/2012%20TI%20CPI.pdf

2) Worker's rights. Do you know your rights? No? Maybe it's time to do some homework. And: knowing your rights is not the end of the story. There is a large gap between knowing your rights and enforcing your rights. I'm not sure how accurate this chart is in the latter, especially given how the corruption in many countries 'exceeds' the rights in those countries.

Have a look where your country stands - you may be surprised! And most importantly: do you know the worker's rights in your country? ... I'm proud to see that Germany ranks fairly well on both charts. 

#Geist   #workersrights   #corruption  

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2014-06-20 07:08:50 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)

Explanation behind 'warm winters', and 'cold summers'

+John Baez has an written an excellent, easily-understandable article on why 'warm' and 'cold' weather patters cycle every frew years.

The one thing missing from his map: El Nino affects Europe too. It is what is responsible for the very cold winters in Germany - and I certainly don't look forward to a biting winter, should the El Nino prediction for 2014 hold true!

Have a look:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

El Niño Project

El Niño is the biggest unpredictable aspect of the Earth's weather system.  It causes floods here, droughts there, it happens roughly every 3 to 7 years, but it's very hard to predict more than 6 months before it happens.  The last really big one, in 1997, unleashed a blast of global warming as heat stored in the Pacific Ocean entered the atmosphere!   Now we're waiting for the next.

This February, a paper caused a stir by predicting that an El Niño will start in late 2014 with 75% probability.  It used ideas from 'network theory' - the math of systems made of many interacting parts.  It claims that before an El Niño, sea temperatures in a large patch of the Pacific become highly correlated, going up and down in synch.

It could be right, it could be wrong - but the cool part is, the ideas in this paper are pretty simple.   So the Azimuth Code Project wants to check the calculations, study the ideas, and maybe do better.   This is a little band of programmers and scientists working with me on network theory and global warming.   Right now the people taking the lead are David Tanzer, a software developer who works for financial firms in New York, and Graham Jones, a self-employed programmer who also works on genomics and Bayesian statistics.

I hope some of you will join in!  I'll be writing blog posts explaining what we do as we do it - and you can also read what we're doing, and help out, on the Azimuth Forum.  We're just getting started, we're not experts on this topic - so this will be a bit like a reality TV show, with science rather than sex as the main source of drama.

My first blog post:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

is a very basic intro to how El Niño works, why it's important, and what we want to do.  More details will follow, but if you can't wait, you can read our discussions on the Azimuth Forum:

http://azimuth.mathforge.org/discussion/1358/3/experiments-in-el-nino-detection-and-prediction/

To join these discussions, join the forum:

http://www.azimuthproject.org/azimuth/show/Forum+help

This is gonna be fun!___Explanation behind 'warm winters', and 'cold summers'

+John Baez has an written an excellent, easily-understandable article on why 'warm' and 'cold' weather patters cycle every frew years.

The one thing missing from his map: El Nino affects Europe too. It is what is responsible for the very cold winters in Germany - and I certainly don't look forward to a biting winter, should the El Nino prediction for 2014 hold true!

Have a look:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/el-nio-project-part-1/

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2014-05-26 09:21:02 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Neonics and Bees: setting facts straight

I already have a wild beehive in my garden (the bees live in an old tree stump), but I'm thinking of starting a second beehive for the kids to watch the bees at work.  There's a sale this week for insect hives, which is perfect timing... and I can assert that my bee population is still fairly healthy.

We do not know with certainty if neonics killed the bumble bees - and assuming neonics are responsible for their death, we do not know how or why it killed the bees.

It's also a great chance to draw attention to the facts surrounding neonic use and its effect on insects:

1) Neonic usage above a particular concentration is lethal to insects.
2) It has been shown that certain neonics have harsher consequences than others. Some of the 'milder' neonics break down into the 'harsher' neonics over timew... more »

The Case of the Vanishing Bees

That's what happened one June morning at a Target parking lot in Portland Oregon in 2013. A pest-control company (unbeknownst to Target) had sprayed neonictinoids on surrounding Linden trees to protect them from aphids; but nobody warned the bees to stay away. In the end, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees perished. http://ow.ly/x4N6V

The tragedy wiped out as many as 300 bumblebee colonies, robbing the area's trees and flowers of a key pollinator species. And it shows why stomping out the use of neonics is paramount to the survival of bees. You can read more about this case here >> http://ow.ly/x4N6V___Neonics and Bees: setting facts straight

I already have a wild beehive in my garden (the bees live in an old tree stump), but I'm thinking of starting a second beehive for the kids to watch the bees at work.  There's a sale this week for insect hives, which is perfect timing... and I can assert that my bee population is still fairly healthy.

We do not know with certainty if neonics killed the bumble bees - and assuming neonics are responsible for their death, we do not know how or why it killed the bees.

It's also a great chance to draw attention to the facts surrounding neonic use and its effect on insects:

1) Neonic usage above a particular concentration is lethal to insects.
2) It has been shown that certain neonics have harsher consequences than others. Some of the 'milder' neonics break down into the 'harsher' neonics over time within the insect's body.
3) There is a statistical linkage, but no conclusive evidence or scientific consensus on whether chronic sublethal neonic concentrations have a lethal effect on insect populations.
4) To make the claim that neonics kill bumblebees, we need to first see repeatable research demonstrating what the medical reason behind a lethal effect of sublethal neonic concentration penetration is, as well as how much the required concentration to induce the lethal effect is.

Disclaimer: I am no expert on insectology or on toxicology. In my opinion, it is irresponsible to use a chemical that has a potentially disasterous effect on the ecological system - in particular pollinators - as long as the safety of that chemical is not scientifically proven.

For the scientifically inclined, this report presents what, in my opinion, is a rather unbiased overview of the current opinions and studies available:
http://www.olyrose.org/articles/are-neonicotinoids-killing-bees_xerces-society1.pdf

/via +Adam Black 

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2014-05-22 11:00:03 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

Healthy dieting: is it all a sham?

There are a lot of so-called 'health products' tailoring to people with sensitivity towards particular compounds, such as gluten. But practice suggests that gluten-sensitive people can recover their ability to eat gluten without severe reactions, and what's more interesting, this practice is also backed up by research now that indicates that the sensitivity does not exist.

That said, while partial dietary intolerance seems to be psychologically induced, that does not mean that all dietary intolerance is bogus, nor does it mean that eating everything you see is healthy. There still are conditions, such as particular forms of inborn metabolic disorder, which can result in legitimate dietary intolerance. There also still is a higher nutritional value in alternate grains as opposed to a completely wheat-based diet.

In short:... more »

Healthy dieting: is it all a sham?

There are a lot of so-called 'health products' tailoring to people with sensitivity towards particular compounds, such as gluten. But practice suggests that gluten-sensitive people can recover their ability to eat gluten without severe reactions, and what's more interesting, this practice is also backed up by research now that indicates that the sensitivity does not exist.

That said, while partial dietary intolerance seems to be psychologically induced, that does not mean that all dietary intolerance is bogus, nor does it mean that eating everything you see is healthy. There still are conditions, such as particular forms of inborn metabolic disorder, which can result in legitimate dietary intolerance. There also still is a higher nutritional value in alternate grains as opposed to a completely wheat-based diet.

In short: trust your gut when it comes to judging your diet.

/via +Dirk Reul 

#Geist   #Nutrition   #Health   #FoodIntolerance  ___

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2014-05-21 12:03:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Searching for the 'fountain of youth'

Indeed, aging and nutrition are linked - but there may involved than we may think. How do tortises or fish live over 150 - and some over 200 - years?

Yes, aging is encoded into our animal DNA. But with life spans expanding, old age turns out to be less fun than one might imagine. It can be partially slowed by dietary restriction - a practice that requires severe self-control. For the rest of us, there may yet be hope: it appears that rapamycin helps to achieve the same result too, with a diabetes-like side effect. Eliminating that side effect would bring us one step closer to finding a medical version of the "holy grail" and the "fountain of youth", which could further extend life spans and improve life quality for the elderly. The other question, of course, is... would you take the cup?

#Geist #Aging ... more »

Searching for the 'fountain of youth'

Indeed, aging and nutrition are linked - but there may involved than we may think. How do tortises or fish live over 150 - and some over 200 - years?

Yes, aging is encoded into our animal DNA. But with life spans expanding, old age turns out to be less fun than one might imagine. It can be partially slowed by dietary restriction - a practice that requires severe self-control. For the rest of us, there may yet be hope: it appears that rapamycin helps to achieve the same result too, with a diabetes-like side effect. Eliminating that side effect would bring us one step closer to finding a medical version of the "holy grail" and the "fountain of youth", which could further extend life spans and improve life quality for the elderly. The other question, of course, is... would you take the cup?

#Geist #Aging #Health   #Nutrition  
/via +David Pearce ___

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2014-05-12 11:35:15 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)

Looks like a new interaction pattern is turning to convention

Like it or not, it looks like bottom-right-for-actions is turning into the newest standard interaction pattern, and it isn't just Google. I'd characterize it with:

1) Mminimalist mainscreen
Everything is hidden away. You have to hover, touch, and interact with little icons to get to whatever content you want, or whatever you want to do. And an all-mighty search assistant is always one click away should you be too lazy for all that hovering and waiting.

2) Flat, round icons
Personally, I detest these because I often can't tell whether they are buttons I can click on or just pictures that I can't. But it seems that they are the latest style, and probably here to stay for another year or two.

3) Top/left: Categories
You're probably familiar... more »

Looks like a new interaction pattern is turning to convention

Like it or not, it looks like bottom-right-for-actions is turning into the newest standard interaction pattern, and it isn't just Google. I'd characterize it with:

1) Mminimalist mainscreen
Everything is hidden away. You have to hover, touch, and interact with little icons to get to whatever content you want, or whatever you want to do. And an all-mighty search assistant is always one click away should you be too lazy for all that hovering and waiting.

2) Flat, round icons
Personally, I detest these because I often can't tell whether they are buttons I can click on or just pictures that I can't. But it seems that they are the latest style, and probably here to stay for another year or two.

3) Top/left: Categories
You're probably familiar with these ever since you've known the web (Yes, even back in the lynx days!). Categories at the top or left of the page help you navigate according to the structure that the web page designer feels are important for you. Somewhere around the top, there is also the holy search box conveniently at your disposal.

4) Bottom/right: Actions
This one is the newbie. It seems that bottom/right corner is being reserved for actions. Which sort of makes sense, as you typically want users to take action after reading the website content. But, like all changes, it will take a while for users to adapt. Let's see how this change takes up in the market.

/via +Martijn Vreugde ___

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2014-05-12 07:10:14 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry."

 - Richard Feynman

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alma_philippinesimages/7346953270/sizes/o/in/photostream/

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry."

 - Richard Feynman

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alma_philippinesimages/7346953270/sizes/o/in/photostream/___

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2014-05-07 07:45:23 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 20 +1s)

Next generation hardware: PCM is 12-275 times faster than Flash

With all the heavy demands on big data analysis in real time, we need all the speed that hardware can get. And with Theseus, the codename for a new PCM technology clocking in between 12x and 275x faster than conventional flash technology on a standard PCI card, it looks like we may be looking at the next generation of computer hardware here.

Even if it doesn't make its way to consumer devices right away, I'd expect that we consumers see its benefits indirectly in faster cloud services and deeper data processing when this new technology reaches market.

/via +André Fachat 

What is Project Theseus?

A team of Greek IBM scientists in Zurich have created a groundbreaking new memory technology, which combines flash with phase change memory (PCM) on a PCI-e card.

Initial tests have clocked 12x and 275x improvements. IBM scientist Ioannis Kolsidas explained, “The technologies are complementary, which is why the Theseus project is so important. We took two very different memory technologies and made them work on an existing PCI-e bus, which can be found on any PC or laptop today, taking it a step closer from demo to deployment."

Read about it here: http://bit.ly/1qakt4F___Next generation hardware: PCM is 12-275 times faster than Flash

With all the heavy demands on big data analysis in real time, we need all the speed that hardware can get. And with Theseus, the codename for a new PCM technology clocking in between 12x and 275x faster than conventional flash technology on a standard PCI card, it looks like we may be looking at the next generation of computer hardware here.

Even if it doesn't make its way to consumer devices right away, I'd expect that we consumers see its benefits indirectly in faster cloud services and deeper data processing when this new technology reaches market.

/via +André Fachat 

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2014-05-07 07:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Why tokens will be more valuable than passwords

With two-step authorization / authentication on the rise, simply having a password isn't sufficient to steal money, or data. But luckily for criminals, there seems to be something else, which, if it can be intercepted by a smart enough hacker, could allow them to achieve the same results - without that annoying need to posess some piece of hardware. That something else is authorization tokens.

But the dynamics of token interaction are somewhat different. They have limited validity - meaning attacks are likely going to target more diverse groups of individuals in one-off attacks, as opposed to ammassing victims for repeated attacks. That's going to be a niusance to crime-fighting organizations. Implications of a token theft are also more layered: the attack can only go as far as the token's permissions do. Assuming that... more »

Why tokens will be more valuable than passwords

With two-step authorization / authentication on the rise, simply having a password isn't sufficient to steal money, or data. But luckily for criminals, there seems to be something else, which, if it can be intercepted by a smart enough hacker, could allow them to achieve the same results - without that annoying need to posess some piece of hardware. That something else is authorization tokens.

But the dynamics of token interaction are somewhat different. They have limited validity - meaning attacks are likely going to target more diverse groups of individuals in one-off attacks, as opposed to ammassing victims for repeated attacks. That's going to be a niusance to crime-fighting organizations. Implications of a token theft are also more layered: the attack can only go as far as the token's permissions do. Assuming that there is no exploitable vulnerability in the underlying authentication and authorization technology.

It could be interesting watching for the first token-attacks.___

2014-05-02 14:40:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Deleted transaction comes back to life....

Start: synchronized lists across two devices.
I have disabled automatic sync and it only syncs when I press the sync button.
I copied a transaction from one list to another. Then I deleted it from the original list.
Now I ran sync.
I ran sync on the other device.
I added some additional transactions on the other device and synced.
I opened the first device and noticed the 'deleted' transaction had appeared again. :(

Can I delete it for good, do you think?

Deleted transaction comes back to life....

Start: synchronized lists across two devices.
I have disabled automatic sync and it only syncs when I press the sync button.
I copied a transaction from one list to another. Then I deleted it from the original list.
Now I ran sync.
I ran sync on the other device.
I added some additional transactions on the other device and synced.
I opened the first device and noticed the 'deleted' transaction had appeared again. :(

Can I delete it for good, do you think?___

2014-05-02 09:59:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

There are a few that I think would be really nice, but maybe they are too big to request,

1) To have the calculator built into the entry when I enter/edit an amount instead of a link where I have to open the calculator app first, and then remember the sum to retype it into the entry box.

2) To be able to 'build your own report' (e.g. how other tools do it like this one does https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=psv.apps.expmanager )

3) How do I delete a favorite? (I just re-organized my favorites after creating a new list, and I can't figure out how to remove the old favorites from the list).

There are a few that I think would be really nice, but maybe they are too big to request,

1) To have the calculator built into the entry when I enter/edit an amount instead of a link where I have to open the calculator app first, and then remember the sum to retype it into the entry box.

2) To be able to 'build your own report' (e.g. how other tools do it like this one does https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=psv.apps.expmanager )

3) How do I delete a favorite? (I just re-organized my favorites after creating a new list, and I can't figure out how to remove the old favorites from the list).___

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2014-04-29 08:21:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Shaping happiness: What role does technology play?

I admit that my experience lines up closely with the suggestion that children react upset to device-friendly parents. When nursing my kids, they'd be restless if I was looking something up on my smartphone instead of looking at them, and perfectly still when I'd focus my attention on them instead.

And I suspect there's a bit of that need for physical attention from other people that remains with us even in adulthood: attention fromm devices are a distraction from what we really want, namely attention from other people. And yet devices bring such great benefit to our livelihood and lifestyle quality through augmentation. So where do devices fit in long-term human happiness?

Balance and Harmony: True Happiness comes from Within.

Devices, like everything else material in this world, compose... more »

Shaping happiness: What role does technology play?

I admit that my experience lines up closely with the suggestion that children react upset to device-friendly parents. When nursing my kids, they'd be restless if I was looking something up on my smartphone instead of looking at them, and perfectly still when I'd focus my attention on them instead.

And I suspect there's a bit of that need for physical attention from other people that remains with us even in adulthood: attention fromm devices are a distraction from what we really want, namely attention from other people. And yet devices bring such great benefit to our livelihood and lifestyle quality through augmentation. So where do devices fit in long-term human happiness?

Balance and Harmony: True Happiness comes from Within.

Devices, like everything else material in this world, compose our medium for creative expression. We express ourselves in the tangible, physical world through emotion-carrying gestures, words, pictures, and senses. And we can do so through devices as well: they are symbols of status, media for conveying thought, and data collection and analysis tools. Although they play an important role in conveying information, happiness itself derives from emotion - the consumption and emotional reaction to tangible expression - which, to engage the entire mind, needs to engage not just all the senses, but also emotion, provoke thought, and raise questions.

Perhaps technology will, one day, be able to do all of that. And perhaps it will, one day, augment and fuse with our minds. But until then, we still have our own individual quests to balance the different material inputs to create for ourselves success and happiness in our lives and in the lives of others.

#Geist  

/via +The Creativity Post ___

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2014-04-25 10:56:20 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Anyone up for an organic chemistry mod?

For those who've missed the news yesterday - this game is a superb example of good gamification. Play it a bit, and you'll have fun and be able to recall the fusion pathways afterwards.

I've been playing around with the game yesterday and have an addition mod for my son, just some finishing touches tonight and then I'll post it. But I think what would be even more valuable is to build up the subjects which are despised by many, many students... such as organic chemistry. 

My first thought was to pick a few metabolic pathways and see how things go. But, probably most courses don't start with cellular metabolism. So, I'd like to humbly ask you for your opinion:

1) Would you be interested in playing / testing such a game?
2) Which reaction groups would you be interested in seeing first?more »

Anyone up for an organic chemistry mod?

For those who've missed the news yesterday - this game is a superb example of good gamification. Play it a bit, and you'll have fun and be able to recall the fusion pathways afterwards.

I've been playing around with the game yesterday and have an addition mod for my son, just some finishing touches tonight and then I'll post it. But I think what would be even more valuable is to build up the subjects which are despised by many, many students... such as organic chemistry. 

My first thought was to pick a few metabolic pathways and see how things go. But, probably most courses don't start with cellular metabolism. So, I'd like to humbly ask you for your opinion:

1) Would you be interested in playing / testing such a game?
2) Which reaction groups would you be interested in seeing first?
3) Are there other subjects that might be interesting and worthwhile - for example, particle physics, raising awareness to the problems of ozone depletion, etc?___

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2014-04-23 06:44:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Intellectual Property: The latest weapon in protecting Biodiversity

For a long time, we've seen how companies such as Monsanto use intellectual property rights to patent crops, driving biodiversity downwards and creating repurcussions - some intentional, some not - on our ecosystem. And individual court battle against those companies have been futile in terms of limiting their wide-reaching power.

This approach, however, looks quite interesting, and may have a chance against those large companies. It pits their opponent's strongest weapon - intellectual property - against them.

What I'd like to see grow out of it:
- A citizen-science kit allowing everyone to help collect and sequence existing "wild" and "common domestic" plant genomes under a public, GPL-like license.
- An EFF-like organization that helps finance and provide legal support for... more »

Plant breeders release first Open Source Seeds

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. …

These days, seeds are intellectual property. Some are patented as inventions. You need permission from the patent holder to use them, and you're not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting the next year. …

Sociologist Jack Kloppenburg, also at the University of Wisconsin, has been campaigning against seed patents for 30 years. … He says turning seeds into private property has contributed to the rise of big seed companies that in turn promote ever-bigger, more specialized farms. "The problem is concentration, and the narrow set of uses to which the technology and the breeding are being put," he says.

Kloppenburg says one important goal for this initiative is simply to get people thinking and talking about how seeds are controlled. "It's to open people's minds," he says. "It's kind of a biological meme, you might say: Free seed! Seed that can be used by anyone!"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/17/303772556/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds

See also: http://www.opensourceseedinitiative.org/___Intellectual Property: The latest weapon in protecting Biodiversity

For a long time, we've seen how companies such as Monsanto use intellectual property rights to patent crops, driving biodiversity downwards and creating repurcussions - some intentional, some not - on our ecosystem. And individual court battle against those companies have been futile in terms of limiting their wide-reaching power.

This approach, however, looks quite interesting, and may have a chance against those large companies. It pits their opponent's strongest weapon - intellectual property - against them.

What I'd like to see grow out of it:
- A citizen-science kit allowing everyone to help collect and sequence existing "wild" and "common domestic" plant genomes under a public, GPL-like license.
- An EFF-like organization that helps finance and provide legal support for enforcing that license and pushing policy makers to ensure that consequences for potential lawsuits lean towards protecting greater biodiversity.

There are, however, some interesting legal technicalities that could arise: What happens when a "GPL" seed is accidentally cross-pollinated with a "copyrighted" seed, because, well, most farmers cannot control the bees or the wind?

It'll be interesting to see if this movement can take root.

#Geist  

/via +John Kellden 

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2014-04-22 11:30:05 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Signs of dark and shady politics around network security

What bothers me is not that someone found, or even rediscovered, a backdoor to a DSL router. What bothers me is that the backdoor, after being found, seems to be intentionally left open. Now, I don't want to call conspiracy theory unnecessarily, but I'd guess there's quite a bit of network politics behind the decision to intentionally leave the backdoor open.

As to the consequences of owning a product with this backdoor? Well, to make it very simple, put it this way: an attacker could take over your wireless internet, do anything they want with it (even locking you out of your own internet connection), all without your password. On a few conditions: the attacker is smart enough to run a shell script, and either has access to your ISP or is in the vincity of your WLAN network. Sure, that may be better than... more »

Signs of dark and shady politics around network security

What bothers me is not that someone found, or even rediscovered, a backdoor to a DSL router. What bothers me is that the backdoor, after being found, seems to be intentionally left open. Now, I don't want to call conspiracy theory unnecessarily, but I'd guess there's quite a bit of network politics behind the decision to intentionally leave the backdoor open.

As to the consequences of owning a product with this backdoor? Well, to make it very simple, put it this way: an attacker could take over your wireless internet, do anything they want with it (even locking you out of your own internet connection), all without your password. On a few conditions: the attacker is smart enough to run a shell script, and either has access to your ISP or is in the vincity of your WLAN network. Sure, that may be better than leaving the backdoor wide open, but... is it really necessary to leave the backdoor open just a peep?

/via +Kristian Köhntopp ___

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2014-04-18 08:15:42 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)

Public policy needs to evolve with society, not maintain former status quos

Dear governments around the world, and especially Belgium's,

this is not the way to deal with innovation. Technology can and inevitably will bring benefit to society. It's your job to make sure that the way it does so is in interests of your people, making daily life more comfortable and raising their standards of living, while creating an environment fostering innovation in all industries. Blocking innovation doesn't do that. Blocking innovation to retain and revitalize business models that lack the flexibility to adapt, and where the owning companies refuse to innovate themselves, does not achieve that goal.

The long-term repercussions are fatal for your economy; the short-term repercussions are annoyance to your citizens. This doesn't sound like a very good political strategy to me. But... more »

Idiocy rulez...___Public policy needs to evolve with society, not maintain former status quos

Dear governments around the world, and especially Belgium's,

this is not the way to deal with innovation. Technology can and inevitably will bring benefit to society. It's your job to make sure that the way it does so is in interests of your people, making daily life more comfortable and raising their standards of living, while creating an environment fostering innovation in all industries. Blocking innovation doesn't do that. Blocking innovation to retain and revitalize business models that lack the flexibility to adapt, and where the owning companies refuse to innovate themselves, does not achieve that goal.

The long-term repercussions are fatal for your economy; the short-term repercussions are annoyance to your citizens. This doesn't sound like a very good political strategy to me. But what do I know, as much as I'd like to think that Germany and Belgium share a number of common cultural points in terms of how we value and wish to maintainthe modern infrastructure and conveniences that we currently enjoy, perhaps Belgium is so different from the rest of Europe?

Thank you for reading,, and I hope you reconsider.

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2014-04-14 09:41:58 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)

Data, data everywhere - and which belongs to you?

Open data, ubiquitous technology, and contextual personalized augmentation lead to one very enriched user experience.  This app takes publically available data on webcams and other camerad devices, combines it with your current location, and augments your visual perception of the world with it. The result: data, put in context in real time, letting you make more informed decisions on what behaviour may be acceptable where.

I'm not saying that you should change your behaviour depending on whether a camera is watching or not. But there isn't anything wrong with being more aware about what information is being captured when: at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own data, and with technology moving more and more into everyday applications and locations, from RFID tags on clothing to webcams and Google Glass,... more »

Data, data everywhere - and which belongs to you?

Open data, ubiquitous technology, and contextual personalized augmentation lead to one very enriched user experience.  This app takes publically available data on webcams and other camerad devices, combines it with your current location, and augments your visual perception of the world with it. The result: data, put in context in real time, letting you make more informed decisions on what behaviour may be acceptable where.

I'm not saying that you should change your behaviour depending on whether a camera is watching or not. But there isn't anything wrong with being more aware about what information is being captured when: at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own data, and with technology moving more and more into everyday applications and locations, from RFID tags on clothing to webcams and Google Glass, this presents an excellent opportunity to understand the consequences - and learn how to interact with - an interconnected world to obtain the outcomes you want.

/via +Panah Rad ___

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2014-04-14 07:29:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Digital Marketing: Putting AR to work

Thinking back to the Mentos and Coca-Cola commercial, this type of advertisment is another great way to raise sales, this time for Haagen-Daas. With smartphones as popular as they are, I'd bet there will be a small surge in sales, because people just want to try it out themselves, and see what figures come with each flavour of ice cream!

That's one way to use augmented reality #ar tech

Pretty Stupid Yet Insanely Cool Smart Phone Ice Cream App!___Digital Marketing: Putting AR to work

Thinking back to the Mentos and Coca-Cola commercial, this type of advertisment is another great way to raise sales, this time for Haagen-Daas. With smartphones as popular as they are, I'd bet there will be a small surge in sales, because people just want to try it out themselves, and see what figures come with each flavour of ice cream!

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2014-04-08 20:30:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)

Wearable computing will make your smartphone look outdated

Imagine a wearable chip embedded in an armband, which can do everything your smartphone can do with the same speed, but with a battery life of one month between recharges and is much smaller and flexibler. Does that sound impossible? Ineda claims otherwise, and their newly unveiled chips look pretty nice.

This technology has a lot of potential applications, in anything from home patient care for elderly to digitalizing your home to replacing your smartphone. While the chip is just the beginning - actual devices and uses will still need to be developed incorporating it - it is certainly a very, very promising technology and an exciting development!

Is this Indian company the Intel of the wearable era?

An Indian startup called Ineda Systems has developed a chip for wearable computers that can run for 30 days without recharging. The company emerged from stealth mode today. And they’ve got some big backers, including Samsung and Qualcomm. 

Join me, plus co-anchor +Jason Howell and guest co-anchor +Natali Morris as we discuss the news of the day, plus interview +Steve Gibson (Gibson Research Corporation) and +Don Clark (The Wall Street Journal). 

Watch now: http://twit.tv/tnt/981

#India   #Ineda   #TechNewsToday   #TNT  ___Wearable computing will make your smartphone look outdated

Imagine a wearable chip embedded in an armband, which can do everything your smartphone can do with the same speed, but with a battery life of one month between recharges and is much smaller and flexibler. Does that sound impossible? Ineda claims otherwise, and their newly unveiled chips look pretty nice.

This technology has a lot of potential applications, in anything from home patient care for elderly to digitalizing your home to replacing your smartphone. While the chip is just the beginning - actual devices and uses will still need to be developed incorporating it - it is certainly a very, very promising technology and an exciting development!

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2014-04-07 07:30:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

Why approaching big data collaboratively leads to big insights

The Financial Times claims, "“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not." I disagree. Big insights have arrived too, but not along traditional channels. Big insights don't occur in statisticians' reports. Big insights occur in crowdsourced data analyses.

Crowdsourced data analysis occurs in open tools that let leaders put their data into the public - and let anyone have a stab at applying a plethora of analysis techniques to generate visual and statistical analyses. Some of these analyses are more insightful than others; the particularly insightful analyses spark yet others to add more insight to the analyses. This is a collaborative approach to statistical analysis, which matches the collaborative approach that social media paradigm imposes on us. And this is where the real 'biginsi... more »

Why approaching big data collaboratively leads to big insights

The Financial Times claims, "“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not." I disagree. Big insights have arrived too, but not along traditional channels. Big insights don't occur in statisticians' reports. Big insights occur in crowdsourced data analyses.

Crowdsourced data analysis occurs in open tools that let leaders put their data into the public - and let anyone have a stab at applying a plethora of analysis techniques to generate visual and statistical analyses. Some of these analyses are more insightful than others; the particularly insightful analyses spark yet others to add more insight to the analyses. This is a collaborative approach to statistical analysis, which matches the collaborative approach that social media paradigm imposes on us. And this is where the real 'big insights' take place today, and will increasingly do so in the future: in collaborative data analysis platforms - one that spontaneously comes to mind is www.manyeyes.com , though there are a few others out there as well.

/via +Francois Demers and +M Sinclair Stevens ___

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2014-04-04 10:49:23 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

Alchemy for Beginners: How to turn lead into diamond

OK, not quite Lead (Pb), but the Lead commonly known as 'pencil lead' seems to be able to transform into diamond when sandwiched between suitable base (like Platinum) and Hydrogen. Now we can drive the cost of diamonds down, and expect diamonds to show up in more industrial applications - or why not, maybe even household applications. After all, nothing is sharper than a diamond knife!

Why it works

Quoting from the article:
They found that hydrogen binding initiated a domino effect, with structural changes propagating from the sample’s surface through all the carbon layers underneath, turning the initial graphite-like structure of planar carbon sheets into an arrangement of carbon atoms that resembles diamond ... [T]he scientists discovered that hydrogen binding resulted in the formation ofc... more »

Alchemy for Beginners: How to turn lead into diamond

OK, not quite Lead (Pb), but the Lead commonly known as 'pencil lead' seems to be able to transform into diamond when sandwiched between suitable base (like Platinum) and Hydrogen. Now we can drive the cost of diamonds down, and expect diamonds to show up in more industrial applications - or why not, maybe even household applications. After all, nothing is sharper than a diamond knife!

Why it works

Quoting from the article:
They found that hydrogen binding initiated a domino effect, with structural changes propagating from the sample’s surface through all the carbon layers underneath, turning the initial graphite-like structure of planar carbon sheets into an arrangement of carbon atoms that resembles diamond ... [T]he scientists discovered that hydrogen binding resulted in the formation of chemical bonds between graphene and the platinum substrate.

/via +John Nash ___

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2014-04-04 09:05:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

The Problem with Closed Cloud Technology

What happens when you use an integrated cloud service that has a non-standard API? As long as business is doing well, things are fine. But when that service decides to call it quits, it certainly raises a wave of implications with it.

We need open data exchange protocols with closed data exchange transmissions

What we really need to get away from this and to allow businesses the flexibility they need - eliminating the lock-in - is industry to agree to use open data exchange protocols. The protocols themselves need to be open to allow cloud services in a well-designed system to be modular and subsitutable / pluggable. Unfortunately, this is something very few companies want to do: it means that their customers could switch to another provider more easily.

Perhaps it is time for competitors - particularly... more »

The Problem with Closed Cloud Technology

What happens when you use an integrated cloud service that has a non-standard API? As long as business is doing well, things are fine. But when that service decides to call it quits, it certainly raises a wave of implications with it.

We need open data exchange protocols with closed data exchange transmissions

What we really need to get away from this and to allow businesses the flexibility they need - eliminating the lock-in - is industry to agree to use open data exchange protocols. The protocols themselves need to be open to allow cloud services in a well-designed system to be modular and subsitutable / pluggable. Unfortunately, this is something very few companies want to do: it means that their customers could switch to another provider more easily.

Perhaps it is time for competitors - particularly smaller field players - to start to work together, in the realization that redundency could actually be a selling point, as should one competitor's services fail, the customer is not left stranded without any business continuity backup plan?

/via +Kaj Sotala ___

2014-04-03 13:50:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Translation issues...

... sorry to say, but some of the translations are very bad. (I think maybe you used an auto-translate tool?) This is particularly bad for a lot of texts; is there a possibility to change it?

(I can work directly with a strings file, this is probably easiest)

Translation issues...

... sorry to say, but some of the translations are very bad. (I think maybe you used an auto-translate tool?) This is particularly bad for a lot of texts; is there a possibility to change it?

(I can work directly with a strings file, this is probably easiest)___

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2014-04-02 10:16:15 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

Sociotechnological implications: Levelling the Stock Market Playing Field
Unifying the very small and the very large

Ever wonder how high-speed trading gets people rich? It's a very simple algorithm, really, and can be beat by an ingeniously simple solution:
1) Watch for a 'slow' buy order coming from a real person
2) Issue the same order at another exchange before the first trade is executed
3) Now you've driven the price up a few cents, so wait a few milliseconds until the 'slow' trade is filled, and then issue a sell order.

The advantage lies in the network fibres: The algorithm assumes that their high-speed fibre will get the order to another exchange before your order gets there on the 'slow' cables.

Now the solution: send the same order with a slight time delay to all the exchanges, so that they arrive at the... more »

Sociotechnological implications: Levelling the Stock Market Playing Field
Unifying the very small and the very large

Ever wonder how high-speed trading gets people rich? It's a very simple algorithm, really, and can be beat by an ingeniously simple solution:
1) Watch for a 'slow' buy order coming from a real person
2) Issue the same order at another exchange before the first trade is executed
3) Now you've driven the price up a few cents, so wait a few milliseconds until the 'slow' trade is filled, and then issue a sell order.

The advantage lies in the network fibres: The algorithm assumes that their high-speed fibre will get the order to another exchange before your order gets there on the 'slow' cables.

Now the solution: send the same order with a slight time delay to all the exchanges, so that they arrive at the same time. This prevents high-speed traders using that particular algorithm from gaming the market. That's some deep-level packet and hardware knowledge needed to beat the market.

Which raises an interesting insight that applies to not just stock markets but also to other aspects of daily life, as ubiquitous computing brings lower-level interfaces into consumer gadgets: Technology changes our habits and processes at a fundamental level. To understand this change, we need to understand how these fundamental, low-level hardware concepts create implications on the higher level of our society.

Translated into English: The 1% understand that the nitty gritty details which network geeks deal with can line their pockets with gold, because they assume that no other sane person would care to look at both the nitty gritty details and the big picture.

#Society   #Technology   #Ethics  

/via +Ansel Taft ___

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2014-04-02 07:38:31 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s)

Reverse Arrow Optical Illusion

Look Mah; I can do magic! This is a nice experiment to do with the kids. 

This is simply a demo of refraction: bending of light. #scienceeveryday  

A whimsical example: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113881433443048137993/posts/MgCxqhMsngq

Sources:
Gif extracted from: http://youtu.be/G303o8pJzls
Physics Central info on Refraction: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/79356632627

Reverse Arrow Optical Illusion

Look Mah; I can do magic! This is a nice experiment to do with the kids. 

This is simply a demo of refraction: bending of light. #scienceeveryday  

A whimsical example: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113881433443048137993/posts/MgCxqhMsngq

Sources:
Gif extracted from: http://youtu.be/G303o8pJzls
Physics Central info on Refraction: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/79356632627___

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2014-04-01 04:28:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Driving change starts from within

The transformation that the Surui tribe went through is a prime example demonstrating how technology and culture drive change. It also begs the question, what allowed the tribe to make sense of foreign contact as quickly as it did?

I think the power lies in how the tribe motivated its members to adopt change - and how this motivation drove mobilization, rapid discussion, and collaboration to contribute to a survival strategy while simultaneously not dampening passionate members from branching out to address other aspects of tribal life. This is something that in many cases in business life is dampened by politics - and who is ready to turn political tables upside down when they are no longer effective?

I also find that the change driven by technology provides a very interesting transformation in the indiginous society: their societal... more »

Driving change starts from within

The transformation that the Surui tribe went through is a prime example demonstrating how technology and culture drive change. It also begs the question, what allowed the tribe to make sense of foreign contact as quickly as it did?

I think the power lies in how the tribe motivated its members to adopt change - and how this motivation drove mobilization, rapid discussion, and collaboration to contribute to a survival strategy while simultaneously not dampening passionate members from branching out to address other aspects of tribal life. This is something that in many cases in business life is dampened by politics - and who is ready to turn political tables upside down when they are no longer effective?

I also find that the change driven by technology provides a very interesting transformation in the indiginous society: their societal values are reflected in the aspects of life that they choose to digitalize first. And that included not just mapping out food production facilities, but also contact points and meeting places with other tribes. Having that meeting point seems critical to collaborative efforts, regardless of whether online or offline - and through the resulting interactions, meeting places become facilitators for change propagation.

/via +Joachim Stroh___

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2014-03-31 11:51:33 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

What does a real death mean to the digital face?
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Time

I'm not sure how many know him, but Dirk is one person who I "know" digitally from the times before Google+. And reading some of the reactions that have been circling the Googlesphere since his passing, I realize: the digital bonds between people - even people I have never met - are, in some cases, deeper than some of the bonds to people whom I have met. But surely, he's not the first person to die, nor will he be the last.

But it does serve as a reminder that death has a number of implications:
 - What happens then to the digital content that a person has produced once they are no longer there to maintain it?
 - Who can (and should) "bury" the person's digital profiles, if a "burial" is at all appropriate?
 - Should an "heir" be able toin... more »

Dirk Talamasca

I just found out that my friend and Google+ cohort +Dirk Talamasca has passed away. Its caught me off guard and I can't think straight right now.

I'll miss you man, Google+ misses you.

#ripdirktalamasca___What does a real death mean to the digital face?
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Time

I'm not sure how many know him, but Dirk is one person who I "know" digitally from the times before Google+. And reading some of the reactions that have been circling the Googlesphere since his passing, I realize: the digital bonds between people - even people I have never met - are, in some cases, deeper than some of the bonds to people whom I have met. But surely, he's not the first person to die, nor will he be the last.

But it does serve as a reminder that death has a number of implications:
 - What happens then to the digital content that a person has produced once they are no longer there to maintain it?
 - Who can (and should) "bury" the person's digital profiles, if a "burial" is at all appropriate?
 - Should an "heir" be able to inherit a digital profile - especially if profiles become, more or less, their own brands?

The digital world runs in asynchronous time, the real world runs in synchronous time. A person passing away does not change the impact they have left and will leave - because digital content is still there, still waiting to be discovered and consumed, and even a profile could be continued by a ghost writer. Or it may diminish, as relatives or platform operators cut off profiles and presences due to lack of time, knowledge, funds, or any other reason. There's a lot of possibilities on how our synchronous processes could work in an asynchronous web environment.

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2014-03-29 04:02:16 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 17 +1s)

Learning 2.0: A personal quest to embrace change

There are a few key insights that this particular video highlights about learning: it is a personal quest, it is a subconscious process, and it is about changing yourself.

"When you get turned on in the right context, there's no stopping."
- +john seely brown

Learning is motivated by a passionate and competitive atmosphere - the same passion and competition that drives questing in gaming or sport. This is different from person to person, but common interests build communities of practice where groups of persons collaborate to analyse their common activity and change their current ability for the better - achieve progress - in that interst, be it science, World of Warcraft, or surfing. So motivating learning is a process of cultivating intrinsic motivation and personal interest.

Further,... more »

Learning 2.0: A personal quest to embrace change

There are a few key insights that this particular video highlights about learning: it is a personal quest, it is a subconscious process, and it is about changing yourself.

"When you get turned on in the right context, there's no stopping."
- +john seely brown

Learning is motivated by a passionate and competitive atmosphere - the same passion and competition that drives questing in gaming or sport. This is different from person to person, but common interests build communities of practice where groups of persons collaborate to analyse their common activity and change their current ability for the better - achieve progress - in that interst, be it science, World of Warcraft, or surfing. So motivating learning is a process of cultivating intrinsic motivation and personal interest.

Further, learning takes place on a subconscious level: new information derived through the analysis involved in making change happen is not information consumed and then regurgitated, but rather information that is absorbed in the context of the learner, allowing that context to modify the information and potentially contribute to new change. If a surfer sees a new move on YouTube, this information is processed in that surfer's context, and because their context and experience differs from every other surfer, they may potentially they may develop a new move based on the incoming information. This development, however, is not necessarily a conscious attempt to make something novel: it stems from the subconscious absorption and interpretation of the new information.

With that in mind, the key to designing learning environments is to ensure that the environment (1) allows learners to collaborate to analyse and synthesize the material they are learning, (2) provide motivation to turn the learning experience into a personal quest that the learner can connect with, and (3) provide feedback on the progress they have made. Thinking about my experiences with various online learning environments today, (1) and (3) are relatively well handled: forums allow for discussion and information exchange, and (self-)evaluations allow for feedback. But the one factor that still seems to be lacking is that personal connection: The intrinsic motivation is often not well designed, but assumed that the learner brings the motivation with them.

Of course, intrinsic motivation is something that is very hard to build into design. Perhaps it is, then, time to change the system which online learning assumes is the framework and business model for higher education. But perhaps there is a better way to do so than by offering costly certifications? Perhaps some kind of reward - opportunity to work on something great, or with someone great, opportunity to improve the lives of others, or opportunity to connect with future employers - may be a better motivation?

#Geist #Learning #Motivation

/via +John Hagel ___

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2014-03-25 11:19:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Putting data into context
Moving towards future workplaces and future workflows

Social Media has moved discussions into the digital realm - a platform which allows digital analysis, faster processing, and demands rapid reaction times at the same time as increasing the amount of content generated. That's the big challenge with big data facing companies today.

The key to solving that challenge, though, lies in being able to automatically interpret context from content. Context is critical in order to allow qualitative analysis of large amounts of content. Context allows content to be streamed into workflows, or classified appropriately to build both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of a particular situation.

As +Lee Smallwood states in his post, that means answering:
 ▪ Who = who's taking about this topic?
 ▪ What = what are they specificallysaying... more »

A Complete Guide to the NOD3x Dashboard

This is the first in a series of articles detailing exactly what NOD3x can tell you. 

This article reviews the nine modules that you see within the real-time infographic dashboard that provides the answers to the 5W's:

 - Who = who's taking about this topic?
 - What = what are they specifically saying?
 - Why = why are they talking about it?
 - Where = where are they talking about it?
 - When = when are they most likely to talk about it?

Armed with this information alone you'll be well on your way to answering those questions that would normally take many hours to do manually.

Read the full article -> http://ndx.io/NOD3x-Dashboard

Pin it on Pinterest for later -> http://ndx.io/1ptUeRa

#socialnetworkanalysis    #data   #visualisation   #leesmallwood  ___Putting data into context
Moving towards future workplaces and future workflows

Social Media has moved discussions into the digital realm - a platform which allows digital analysis, faster processing, and demands rapid reaction times at the same time as increasing the amount of content generated. That's the big challenge with big data facing companies today.

The key to solving that challenge, though, lies in being able to automatically interpret context from content. Context is critical in order to allow qualitative analysis of large amounts of content. Context allows content to be streamed into workflows, or classified appropriately to build both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of a particular situation.

As +Lee Smallwood states in his post, that means answering:
 ▪ Who = who's taking about this topic?
 ▪ What = what are they specifically saying?
 ▪ Why = why are they talking about it?
 ▪ Where = where are they talking about it?
 ▪ When = when are they most likely to talk about it?

That's where tools, like +NOD3x and other competitors in the semantic market, come into play: to help build a more comprehensive picture of all that content. And as we move towards a collaborative, conversational working paradigm, this sort of overview, combined with automatic processing of user generated content into customer-oriented workflows, will define the success of businesses in the future.

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2014-03-24 13:55:44 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Exercise: Why does it make you happy?

A bit older, but this linked article is an excellent description on why you feel happier after you exercise.

Nutshell explanation
Exercise has a calming effect on your brain: exercising causes physical stress on your body, and to fight stress, your brain produces endomorphins and BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) proteins. Endomorphins block pain and create a feeling of euphoria. BDNF repairs memory neurons, and resets them - making you feel more relaxed, rested, and happier.

So effective exercise isn't just going to a fitness studio to burn calories, and compensate for the lack of movement throughout the day. Effective exercise is a focus period to allow your brain to chill out - and get rid of the stress it's built up over the course of your day. Making your mind and body fit at the same time is a... more »

Exercise: Why does it make you happy?

A bit older, but this linked article is an excellent description on why you feel happier after you exercise.

Nutshell explanation
Exercise has a calming effect on your brain: exercising causes physical stress on your body, and to fight stress, your brain produces endomorphins and BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) proteins. Endomorphins block pain and create a feeling of euphoria. BDNF repairs memory neurons, and resets them - making you feel more relaxed, rested, and happier.

So effective exercise isn't just going to a fitness studio to burn calories, and compensate for the lack of movement throughout the day. Effective exercise is a focus period to allow your brain to chill out - and get rid of the stress it's built up over the course of your day. Making your mind and body fit at the same time is a win-win situation - time to get high, but on exercise instead of drugs!

#Geist #Health #Happiness

/via +Clay Forsberg ___

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2014-03-24 13:09:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Introducing Cell-Machine Interfaces

What happens if technology and biology could seemlessly communicate? And I mean seamlessly - no wired implantations, but biological implantations capable of converting wireless signals from, say, your overhead lights, to human stimuli, say triggering antibody production?

That's what these fancy new E.Coli do. Yes, they're organic. And they are modified to be able to convert environmental signals, like electricy or light, into chemical signals, in this case to controle the rate of production of curli fibers in the E. Coli. That allows the network of modified E.Coli to build complex, controlled nanostructures.

That's like a swarm of tiny microprinters creating a complex structure.With some further development, you may be able to teach those microprinters to recreate bone in-vitro. Or maybe even more complicated organs,... more »

Introducing Cell-Machine Interfaces

What happens if technology and biology could seemlessly communicate? And I mean seamlessly - no wired implantations, but biological implantations capable of converting wireless signals from, say, your overhead lights, to human stimuli, say triggering antibody production?

That's what these fancy new E.Coli do. Yes, they're organic. And they are modified to be able to convert environmental signals, like electricy or light, into chemical signals, in this case to controle the rate of production of curli fibers in the E. Coli. That allows the network of modified E.Coli to build complex, controlled nanostructures.

That's like a swarm of tiny microprinters creating a complex structure.With some further development, you may be able to teach those microprinters to recreate bone in-vitro. Or maybe even more complicated organs, like a failing heart valve. It's a technology with a lot of potential - and a lot of ethical risk.

/via +Betsy McCall___

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2014-03-18 20:43:15 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 32 +1s)

Computer-Generated News

It seems that writing articles is on it's way out. The replacement is computer-generated articles, and they are surprisingly readable. Much more so than Google Translate. The one difference, it seems, is storytelling. Software isn't good at telling stories yet - though this may just be a question of time.

I'd concur with +Thomas Baekdal on his thoughts on the upcoming revolution that is already transforming journalism today. But I think it will also transform more than just journalism. It will transform sensemaking. Human ability to analyse and make sense out of data will need to be done on an increasingly abstract level: today, analysis and synthesis is still heavily human-operated. But this does not have to be the case, and as algorithm accuracy starts to cross the 80% and 90% thresholds for identifying and handling literary devices and emotions... more »

Robots are taking over the role of reporting news, especially when it comes to the type of news that is based on merely being the bringers of news.

One example from yesterday was an article about the earthquake in LA, which was covered in this story, written entirely by a computer: http://goo.gl/TfNw8a ... and compared to so many other stories, I actually find this to be one of the best. Especially if you compare it to articles like this one from the Associated Press, which is filled with irrelevant fluff: http://goo.gl/L6eNkx

What possible value does it have to send out a journalist to get eyewitness reports like this: "My dog got out of bed, and she came looking for me," Smith said. "She was shivering terribly."

But how good is automatic software-based reporting really? The answer is very, very good... at least according to a new study from Sweden.

Christer Clerwall, from Karlstad University in Sweden decided to do a 'blind test', asking students to compare news reports done by both journalists and software algorithms. The result was that the software algorithms are now just as good at writing news reports as people. 
- http://goo.gl/PaBWlp

As you can see from the graphs below, when it came to how the story was perceived, journalists and software algorithms were nearly identical. The only slight difference being that journalistic-written articles appeared slightly better written, although less useful, trustworthy, and informative. 

In other words, journalists are better storytellers, but their stories are just not that good.

Even more interesting is when you he asked them to guess who had written the article. 56% responded that they thought the articles written by journalists were actually written by a computer, while 37% thought journalists had written those made by a computer.

In other words, in terms of simply being the bringer of news, journalists have now been outcompeted by software. People can't tell the difference, and, as we all know, software algorithms can work much faster, more accurate (if the data is accurate of course), and 24-7 at almost zero cost. 

The old business model of being a reporter and to 'bring the news' is over. This will in the future be done completely automatically, and it's only a matter of time before the big tech companies move in. The next time there is an earthquake, Google Now, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana will simply read aloud the story like the one done automatically by LA Times. Several startups will try to capitalize on this by creating data-news content services. And while many of these will not succeed, the best ones will eventually be incorporated into other services.

In many ways, what is happening to journalists is the same that once happened to the fashion industry. As you may know I started my career in fashion, and the first company I worked for employed about 60 people. There were 2 sales people, 2 designers, 4 administrative staff, 3 technicians, a janitor, and about 50 seamstresses. During the time I was there, those 50 seamstresses lost their job, because the production was outsourced to Poland (and later China).

The people in Poland could do the same job, at a higher quality, with fewer resources, and much, much cheaper. A company with 60 employees could now be run using only eight - and still make the same product.

This is what's happening to journalism. 

So the question all journalists should ask themselves is "are you a seamstress? ...or are you a designer?" If you are merely a seamstress, i.e. a journalist merely reporting stories based on available information, your future looks bleak. 

But if you are a designer, i.e. a journalist who goes beyond just reporting the news, but instead focus on providing insight, perspective, analysis, then your future is looking better than ever. In a world of data, we need people to give us perspective and to help us translate it into something that is relevant for us as individuals.

And no, this doesn't mean interviewing eyewitnesses that have nothing insightful to tell, nor does it evolve interviewing experts or pundits who merely conjecture without having any real insight. It's about being better than the news itself.

Sadly though, many newspapers are currently moving in the wrong direction with their pageview-optimized news reporting. They are trying to build traffic by bringing people even more news, not realizing that that's exactly the what automatic algorithms do best.___Computer-Generated News

It seems that writing articles is on it's way out. The replacement is computer-generated articles, and they are surprisingly readable. Much more so than Google Translate. The one difference, it seems, is storytelling. Software isn't good at telling stories yet - though this may just be a question of time.

I'd concur with +Thomas Baekdal on his thoughts on the upcoming revolution that is already transforming journalism today. But I think it will also transform more than just journalism. It will transform sensemaking. Human ability to analyse and make sense out of data will need to be done on an increasingly abstract level: today, analysis and synthesis is still heavily human-operated. But this does not have to be the case, and as algorithm accuracy starts to cross the 80% and 90% thresholds for identifying and handling literary devices and emotions correctly, we should start to see some close-to-sentient analysis and story production.

And sure, when we move to that state, we will still need humans to do some of that work. But many things can be accomplished without human intervention at all. Indeed, superfluous workers would likely be the status quo. This breaks the economic model that we currently live in - and that will be another society-rocker change. How will society cope? What socioeconomic models will develop?

On a side note, I will bet that there is no large difference on computer-generated general news articles and computer-generated technical articles, for those journalists who think that specializing in a particular technical vocabulary brings a selling point.

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2014-03-18 05:45:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Designing change

"... when you are building a social adoption plan, don’t just think about the behaviour changes you need employees to make, but think about how you are going to help them to change the habits that drive their current behaviour."

Effective change isn't just about optimization. Effective change is about making people feel happier: they change because they have a supportive environment and motivation to transit from a less desirable to a more desirable behaviour.

This could be in context of a less healthy to a more healthy habit: Installing an electric keyboard into a metro stairway brought passers-by to climb the stairs instead of taking the escalator. It could also be in terms of expanding your own literacy: following certain people on Google+ (or even some other network) keeps you up to speed on the latest developments in Androidt... more »

Designing change

"... when you are building a social adoption plan, don’t just think about the behaviour changes you need employees to make, but think about how you are going to help them to change the habits that drive their current behaviour."

Effective change isn't just about optimization. Effective change is about making people feel happier: they change because they have a supportive environment and motivation to transit from a less desirable to a more desirable behaviour.

This could be in context of a less healthy to a more healthy habit: Installing an electric keyboard into a metro stairway brought passers-by to climb the stairs instead of taking the escalator. It could also be in terms of expanding your own literacy: following certain people on Google+ (or even some other network) keeps you up to speed on the latest developments in Android trends so that you can be the 'cool geek' at the dinner table.

Whatever your reason, the background motivation to break an existing habit is a vested personal interest in moving to a more desirable state. To successfully drive change across an organization, community or society, you need to understand these vested personal interests of other people involved and connect to those interests, provide them with the support and motivation they need to break their current habits and make the change, and continue to cheer them on as they form new habits.

The secret ingredient: support and motivation during the transition phase. Change implementation via explaining the current situation, the goal situation, and the reason for change is insufficient - the peer pressure factor is missing. Peer pressure is very effective, and not just among kids. This feeling of belonging, of being supported and of having attention, is often not so easy to put in place: it takes time, relationship, and conversation. It means interaction. And that's what social adoption is all about - turning change from a must-do chore into a coolness standard.

#Motivation #Learning

/via +Stuart McRae ___

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2014-03-15 06:00:42 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Evolving platforms are the ubiquitous future of computing

The future of computing lies in platforms being able to constantly evolve - that is the current boom in todays industry, and a transformation that reaches far beyond the software industry. It is merely the technological support for information analysis and processing, and has potential to grow to adapt to increasingly complex models and changing standards as well as new sorts of input data sources - and perhaps one day also our minds. This complex information network can only be competitively sustained by adaptable service platforms, which is the reason for their strategic significance today and also in the future.

/via +Gregory Esau 

Evolving platforms are the ubiquitous future of computing

The future of computing lies in platforms being able to constantly evolve - that is the current boom in todays industry, and a transformation that reaches far beyond the software industry. It is merely the technological support for information analysis and processing, and has potential to grow to adapt to increasingly complex models and changing standards as well as new sorts of input data sources - and perhaps one day also our minds. This complex information network can only be competitively sustained by adaptable service platforms, which is the reason for their strategic significance today and also in the future.

/via +Gregory Esau ___

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2014-03-14 03:40:24 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

W3C joins the Internet Bill of Rights Bandwagon

The latest trend is technology companies and consortiums all wanting to motivate an "Internet Bill of Rights" to protect, among other things, the freedom to information exchange over digital media, and the right to privacy in the digital sphere. Google launched a similar campaign in celebration of the Internet's 25th anniversary recently, and the linked effort is spearheaded by the W3C.

What's missing now, of course, is getting all of these organizations to work together - and bringing governments worldwide to cooperate in the interests of their citizens. Assuming that citizen rights is still a priority.

/via +Jeff Sayre 

W3C joins the Internet Bill of Rights Bandwagon

The latest trend is technology companies and consortiums all wanting to motivate an "Internet Bill of Rights" to protect, among other things, the freedom to information exchange over digital media, and the right to privacy in the digital sphere. Google launched a similar campaign in celebration of the Internet's 25th anniversary recently, and the linked effort is spearheaded by the W3C.

What's missing now, of course, is getting all of these organizations to work together - and bringing governments worldwide to cooperate in the interests of their citizens. Assuming that citizen rights is still a priority.

/via +Jeff Sayre ___

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