Posted 2 years ago

curiositycounts:

LumiBots by Mey Lean Kronemann are small, autonomous robots equipped with a UV LED at their tail, which leaves a glowing trail on phosphorescent sheet to not only create generative images but also follow the other robots’ as well as their own trails using sensors, amplify them to creating an ant-trail-like mechanism luring more and more robots on the same path  (via)

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It’s Time to Democratise Money Creation

by shifting to loans with oversight, confidence, and long-term human priorities via STWR

  1. The money supply is inherently unstable and pro-cyclical. The supply of credit depends fundamentally on the confidence of banks, and not on interest rates or other policy levers influenced by public institutions.  
  1. Over many years of consolidation, deregulation and internationalisation, our banks have become increasingly structured to favour creating new money for property and financial speculation where then can make short term returns, rather than small businesses and manufacturing which require longer term relationship banking. As shown in the graph below, the vast majority of bank lending in the UK is for non-productive activity:
  1. There is no strategic regulatory guidance, or democratic oversight, to ensure that commercial bank credit supports productive investment over speculation, in contrast to previous practice in the UK and widespread current practice among our industrial competitors. As recently as the 1960s, the government and Central Bank suppressed speculative credit creation and stimulated productive investment by the banking sector. 
  1. Quantitative easing (QE), as currently practised, is ineffective in stimulating new employment, investment and GDP growth. QE involves the Central Bank, which like the commercial banks can also create money, pumping cash into the banks to help them rebuild their balance sheets and recommence lending. But banks are choosing to sit on the money because they still lack confidence in the economy growing and thus continue to contract their lending. 
Posted 2 years ago

new generation of biofuel: algae, saltwater marsh halphytes, arable land camelina, jatropha. 

http://www.visualizing.org/visualizations/plant-powered-planes

Eco-Patent CommonsLarge multination firms experimenting with patent-commons, allowing royalty-free technology diffusion and follow-on innovation for specific narrowly focused green technology.

  1. WBCSD (project at World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
  2. UNU (critique by United Nations University)
"When advertising does its job, millions of people keep theirs."

-AMA

(clever, aye? this is partly why i want to pursue a phd in economics to explain why unemployment isn’t bad, we are just told it is.)

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Posted 2 years ago

via Peter Drew

Hidden settings for Mac OS X

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Posted 2 years ago

Couch Surfing, Non-Profit dream lost, B-Corp reality gained

  1. Couchsurfing.org has been trying to become a 501c3 non-profit for 5 years
  2. Recession hits, making it harder to be federally certified
  3. 18% of current 501c3s lose status
  4. Couchsurfing.org decides to become a B-Corp instead

Couchsurfing videos explaining the change:  http://www.couchsurfing.org/bcorp/video/why_change

B-Corp website: http://www.bcorporation.net/

(photo by fizzyjinks)

On digital molting by Lehrblogger

Excerpt from the blog:

The creators of social web services have yet to take human molting behaviors into account when designing their digital spaces. As a result, the changes I am able to make to my online profiles are either destructive or cumulative. On Facebook I can untag myself from old photos but then have no ability to go back and reminisce either alone or with the others who were there then. Alternatively, I can let the photos accumulate over the years, but then my entire social history is accessible to new acquaintances, and it makes me uncomfortable to have so much information available so soon in new relationships.

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Posted 2 years ago