Archive for the ‘Darwin’ Category

A requiem for Detroit

Thursday, May 13th, 2010I became aware of the plight of Detroit through my research into Local Motors. I used Detroit in my sxsw presentation to highlight what happens when we cannot build adaptation, into business systems, into regions - this is the toxic ...

Machines and biology by Andrew Hessel

Thursday, April 8th, 2010A fascinating talk by Andrew HesselAndrew Hessel reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry. In his remarkable talk Andrew talks about the parallels between IT and biology. Andrew lectures Synthetic Biology at the Singularity University and ...

Grow VC the Kiva of tech start ups

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010I am proud to introduce Grow VC which has some great heritage behind it. Not only the creators but also projects like Kiva, Artistshare, Galaxy zoo and Local Motors (More on networked economics). Here is the context,80% of the growth ...

Social media and mobile: my remote control for life bootcamp

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010Last year I sat with one of the anointed Glitterati of the US Digerati who was extolling the virtues of "social meeedijaa", but only from the context of online. In the end I could not take it any more and ...

Networked government – could reboot Britain

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010CFA is the latest wave in the growing government 2.0 movement, joining the ranks of Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's Data.gov site and innovation contests like Apps for Democracy and Apps for America, where citizens can create shared applications using public-sector ...

Obama and the superbranding of politics

Monday, January 25th, 2010My god Naomi Klein takes me back - No Logo is up there for anyone who is remotely interested in brands. And were I to draw up a time line of books I have read and how each book subsequently ...

I get a 70% royalty for publishing my book

Thursday, January 21st, 2010Quite extraordinary, I thought when reading about how Amazon is reaching out to authors in a manner that completely disintermediates publishing companies. And publishers as we know them are not happy campers at the moment.Arjan from Freedom Lab linked to ...

Was the promise made good for society through 2.0?

Friday, January 15th, 2010Mr. Lanier, a musician and avant-garde computer scientist — he popularized the term “virtual reality” — wonders if the Web’s structure and ideology are fostering nasty group dynamics and mediocre collaborations. His new book, “You Are Not a Gadget,” is ...

Its not online or offline, it’s blended reality

Thursday, January 14th, 2010We acknowledge that digital communication tools, fixed broadband, mobile, convergence, open source, cheap production tools have changed our world. And we have shown that we are reluctantly accepting that by using the word digital ever more frequently.Digital natives vs. digital ...

The cardboard futures as furniture

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010Proudly calling itself “the world’s first fully-specified mass production workstation made entirely of cardboard”, this is the Paperweight Desk, from British company Cardboard Future Ltd.“We are aware that cardboard furniture has enjoyed a mixed press over the last fifty ...

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