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  • perpetuallyphil 8:04 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink |
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    face-feed 

    who are you? who are we? how do we interact? why are we networking?

    —–

    “Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.

    Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous. To understand why, we must understand FriendFeed, a start-up that is ubiquitous among techies and unknown to everybody else. It’s a sleek application that acts as a clearinghouse for all of your social-media activities. Post something to Flickr? That will show up on your FriendFeed page. Digg something? FriendFeed will know. Post to Twitter from your phone? FriendFeed will syndicate your tweets. Once you initially tell it where to look, it will collect everything and tell it to the world…..

    …….

    ……….If this happens, Facebook will be the one portal to rule them all. Other than Google, that is. Google long ago took over much of our Internet usage: Gmail, Google Docs, Google search, etc. Facebook and Twitter, for now, are the two holdouts, bastions of independence in an increasingly consolidated Internet. (To be more precise: the user-generated Internet.) And Twitter may already be too integrated to count because of the way Facebook pipes it in.

    That leaves two mega-conglomerates that will compete to be the portal of everything we do on the Internet. Google has long tried to get into the social game, and Facebook surely wouldn’t mind expanding into some of Google’s territory. (Real-time search is the likely entry point.) It’s as classic an American struggle as Pepsi vs. Coke. Two companies, one market. Regardless of which side you choose, I’m sure Facebook will be happy to air your thoughts on the matter. Even if you write them on Blogspot, Google’s blogging network. After all, that’s why Facebook bought FriendFeed. So it could own you.”

    ——

    full article via washington post

    my questions are these:

    are we co-evolving with this technology that is therefore benefiting both the consumer and the producer positively, or are they increasingly convincing us that this is important and real? are these online relationships healthy? what comes next?

     
    • homad 10:06 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink

      What isn’t mentioned is internet media which of course MediaWars.com will dominate 🙂 Come check out all the new features we just added (including adult content if your registered and opt to experience it).

  • tallbridge 10:03 am on August 7, 2009 Permalink |
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    www.google.untz 

    Via Google.org Blog:

    The vast potential of energy efficiency

    Thursday 8/06/2009 09:10:00 AM

    (Cross-posted from the Public Policy Blog)

    It’s no surprise that the cheapest and most available solution to the climate problem is simply to use energy more efficiently. But a recent study issued by McKinsey & Co. details just how compelling an opportunity we are missing. McKinsey predicts that an annual investment of roughly $50 billion over the next 10 years would cut energy demand by 23% and yield savings to the U.S. economy worth $1.2 trillion! The energy savings would be equal to taking the entire U.S. passenger fleet of cars and trucks off the road.

    Such efficiency gains are possible only if we overcome some major hurdles. For instance, most people have no idea how much energy we use in our homes on a daily basis or which of our appliances or devices are consuming the most energy. That’s one of the reasons that we created Google PowerMeter, a software gadget that shows users detailed information on their home electricity consumption. Studies show that when people have access to this kind information they reduce their energy use by up to 15%. Greater savings are possible if people use the information to buy a more efficient refrigerator or air conditioner, insulate their home, or take advantage of off-peak electricity rates.

    The McKinsey report acknowledges that energy efficiency alone won’t solve our energy and climate challenges. We must continue to put major resources into low-carbon sources of energy like renewable energy, and the federal economic stimulus, with its tens of billions of targeted dollars and incentives, is a good start. But the McKinsey findings are a wake up call. As we enact more comprehensive energy policies, energy efficiency — and giving people the information, tools and incentives to take advantage of it — should be front and center.

    Posted by Michael Terrell, Program Manager, Google.org

    Turning on the Solar Power Tower

    Thursday 8/06/2009 01:23:00 PM

    In 2007 Google.org launched our Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative and announced a $10 million investment in the early-stage clean power company eSolar, Inc. Yesterday in Southern California, eSolar flipped the switch on what is to be the first solar power tower facility in the U.S. that will enter full commercial operation.

    Success here could signal the emergence of a clean energy technology by which we might — for the first time — economically harness the sun to produce large quantities of electricity. And we would be harnessing a massive and, for all practical purposes, inexhaustible energy supply.

    In many respects eSolar has turned conventional thinking about solar power tower technology on its head in order to drastically reduce the capital and operating cost of solar thermal power plants. Instead of employing a small number of large and expensive specialty mirrors eSolar takes the opposite approach – incorporating thousands of small mirrors that can be made cheaply in massive quantities. And instead of having to reinforce large mirrors to stand up to high winds, eSolar’s small mirrors have a low profile, reducing material costs including steel and concrete for the mounting structures.

    Of course this massive number of mirrors requires more sophisticated software so they accurately track the sun leading to high heat output and system efficiency. At Google we’re particularly intrigued with this aspect of the eSolar product — that is, how the performance of energy technology can be enhanced by information technology. Call it ET meets IT.

    The eSolar team has taken a giant step toward cracking the code on solar power tower technology. I’m hopeful that just a few years from now we will see this facility – and many more like it – focusing the sun’s energy to produce a brighter future for our children and the planet they will inherit.

    Posted by Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change & Energy Initaitives

     
    • oneshowatatime 5:36 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink

      Nice video tour…

      MUTE

    • homad 8:23 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink

      I work for Factory To You Windows (FTYwindows.com).. The windows we use are 97% efficient and approved for the tax credit (an immediate $1,500 off) 🙂 now if only more people would get us to install them hehe. I love it: Get to walk around and get exercise in the sun, get to interact with lots of people, cats, lizards, butterflies, birds, and dogs, and I get to disperse orgonite in parts of Texas I don’t normally travel to.

    • perpetuallyphil 9:13 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink

      heady

  • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink |
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    Evolution’s third replicator 

    “WE HUMANS have let loose something extraordinary on our planet – a third replicator – the consequences of which are unpredictable and possibly dangerous.

    What do I mean by “third replicator”? The first replicator was the gene – the basis of biological evolution. The second was memes – the basis of cultural evolution. I believe that what we are now seeing, in a vast technological explosion, is the birth of a third evolutionary process. We are Earth’s Pandoran species, yet we are blissfully oblivious to what we have let out of the box…..

    …..

    Putting it that way makes the answer easier to see. Memes are a new kind of information – behaviours rather than DNA – copied by a new kind of machinery – brains rather than chemicals inside cells. This is a new evolutionary process because all of the three critical stages – copying, varying and selection – are done by those brains. So does the same apply to new technology?

    There is a new kind of information: electronically processed binary information rather than memes. There is also a new kind of copying machinery: computers and servers rather than brains. But are all three critical stages carried out by that machinery?….”

    full article via newscientist

     
    • homad 7:48 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      Robot attacked a Swedish Factory Worker
      http://www.thelocal.se/19120.html

    • tallbridge 11:32 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      thats pretty wild phil….my mycelium studies have taken another step when i finally saw something that was actually quite obvious

      plants need a mycelial network to spawn the type of growth that exists and there’s certainly evidence to suggest humans becoming more like plants….mycelium rolled around for a few million years before the flora we know of today started to take off

      i guess all the television providers in the us have around 100 million subscribers combined
      facebook has something like 500 million users now
      obviously there’s probably 250 million inactive facebook accounts…but still

      they really need to graph the internet again…that last one was in 2005 and now w/ all the syndication it probably just looks like a double torus spinning its face off (or that picture above)

      i haven’t read the whole article yet, i’ll post some more later

      i guess the web is a creature of pure information…

    • untamedyawp 5:37 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink

      really interesting…
      “A living creature, once just a vehicle of the first replicator, was now the copying machinery for the next.”
      it’s really crazy how attaching symbolic words to human observed and participated phenomenon all the sudden makes those phenomenon seem so real.

      all the microcosms of the macrocosm are lining up getting ready for blast off.

  • untamedyawp 4:15 am on July 23, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , bill hicks, , , , , david icke, holographic reality, internet, , orwell, oxford, reality,   

    david icke 

     
  • oneshowatatime 5:57 pm on March 10, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: ad, , ge, internet, , , , windmill   

    Amazing GE Windmill Ad 

    Check this out: http://technology.todaysbigthing.com/2009/03/09

    Then you can try it yourself (requires webcam): http://ge.ecomagination.com/smartgrid/#/augmented_reality

     
    • homad 9:28 pm on March 10, 2009 Permalink

      Awesome. Glad to see that tech already hitting the hands of the masses…. I saw this tech a few months ago in relation to how great (and cheap) this tech is for motion capturing…they made a tiny hand held piece of paper with the maze drawn on it and moved it underneath a camera to in turn move one of those marble mazes.

  • perpetuallyphil 7:50 am on December 27, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: internet,   

    go internet, GO! 

     
    • homad 1:06 am on December 28, 2008 Permalink

      google.com/trends my friends spent like an hour comparing different trends last night

    • deadindenver 5:13 pm on December 28, 2008 Permalink

      Trends, Trends, Trends, Trends
      Time to find the next big thing!—The internet is obviously a fad

    • homad 2:36 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink

      yeah, needless to say, I was kinda bored while they were doing that. I mean c’mon are you genuinely even surprised by any of the things you/they look up? I think it just makes people feel good when it confirms their thoughts on something. Was funny to search hamburger and treadmill at same time though.

      Our website is going to be the next big thing 😉 Trust…hoping for a release at end of January now.

  • tallbridge 2:56 am on November 10, 2008 Permalink |
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    Mom how old is the Internet? 

    25 years
    9 months
    2 weeks
    4 days
    21 hours
    and…

    53 minutes


    “A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25…” – The Washington Post

     
    • perpetuallyphil 11:49 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink

      does that mean that porn is gonna start disappearing form the web in this the mature 25th year….?

      on a side note:
      i only have less than a year left to be reckless. better get to it! who wants to play BASE jump?! or juggle porcupines! or try to extract stem cells from one another! c’mon, lets play together!!

    • tallbridge 1:39 am on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      well i dunno phil…probably not, but i found out the other day that looking for porn is way easier w/ google video than it was when i was a kid….you don’t have to go to so many crazy spam websites, philling up your computer w/ all sorts of shady stuff, spyware etc etc…

      im more playing w/ the idea of the internet (in an ideal, form, because i like ideals) as the global mind which if you have your technology sorted out right…you can be an efferescent part of

      its not only a mind, but it really resembles a physical brain in all its connections…

      so i would like to think that the brain of the human race is reaching its age where we stop taking such shady risks…like genetic manipulation w/ alterior motives, mind control, nuclear weapons, covert operations, whatever you know

      i mean im only 21 and im down…?

      no? too much of a stretch? alright i’ll work on it some more

    • tallbridge 1:45 am on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      more so…if the universe baaanged into reality one day….and we all baaanged from the black hole at the center of this galaxy….and we all grew out of the gaaaaiian mind…maybe this internet trip is a sign of galactic synchronization….all of our seemingly differences could be sorted out…the web could spin us into a crazy coccooon…and then we’d go ahead and metamorphose or sumthin like that

      plus now at least there is fuckforforest…

      and that risky behavior thing is a strange idea….i think instead of thinking that you stop doing as much as soon as you turn 25, you just have a better idea of what you’re doing when you do it

      basejumping isn’t necessarily a bad idea in my opinion

      stem cells/porcupines…not that interested

      using the plant kingdom like a telescope for seeing the deep space galaxies of the mind….hmmm maybe

    • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on November 11, 2008 Permalink

      is it the risk that is bad? or is it, as you said, the ill intent?
      i mean we need to take risks to ‘farther’ our knowledge or create new experiments. if we eliminate risk then we have no chance at catching up to our idealistic dreams. we have to be not afraid of stepping out into the world and trying something new.
      maybe at age 25 most people just become complacent? then are satisfied with how their life is going and stop risking shaking the boat too much…

      the web is maturing in a lot of ways and is becoming an increasingly good connector and expander. but there is still GODTUBE, and plenty of sexist, racist sites out there… i guess its really like anything else, it is what you make it…. just on a much larger scale.

      i agree its like a brain and i think it is reminding us of how we can communicate along vast expanses and all tap into the same source. its wonderful. maybe someday it will take us as far as it can and we wont need it any longer….

  • perpetuallyphil 10:30 pm on October 27, 2008 Permalink |
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    information is power 

    http://current.com/items/85283491_great_firewall_of_china

     
  • tallbridge 7:02 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: berkman center, google reader, internet, lokman tsui, MIT, , , sharethis, , , wikinomics   

    Wikinomics 

    “The ability to pool the knowledge of millions (if not billions) of users in a self-organizing fashion demonstrates how mass collaboration is turning the new Web into something not completely unlike a global brain…Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking service where the simple activity of tagging and storing web links becomes the basis for learning new things and making connections to new people.  “The actual database”, he says, “represents crystallized attention – what people are looking at, and what they’re trying to remember”

    “There was a period of time where cinema was a very technical art.  You practically had to be an engineer just to run a camera.”  As the art form evolved, directors stepped up to become story tellers who were less and less preoccupied with cinematic engineering and more concerned with crafting rich and engaging experiences.  “I think something like that is happening on the web today…”

    The Internet is becoming a giant computer that everyone can program, providing a global infrastructure for creativity, participation, sharing, and self-organization.” -Wikinomics

    I highly recommend – if you’re becoming bogged down with research or things like that and having a hard time keeping track of it, getting equipped with Google Reader or ShareThis.  Sharethis is particularly dope cause you can just embedd it into Firefox.

    This is important too – however.  This woman at Northwestern University is doing research on “link-literacy”.

    Scholar Lokman Tsui comments on it as well here:

    A lot of people just cannot seem to distinguish bad from good links – there is a gap in ‘link literacy’. Now if some people already have trouble using links, can you imagine them using social tagging or other more sophisticated tools? Tools by themselves are not enough to empower people. Left without education, literacy and expertise, the rich will only get richer and the poor only .. poorer.

    On a different note.

    MIT OpenCourseWare

     
  • perpetuallyphil 5:18 pm on October 15, 2008 Permalink |
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    free internet 

    the FCC is partnering with a new startup company that claims to be able to bring free wireless internet to 95% of the US populaiton within 10 years. free access to broadband speed infomation would surely enable millions to take part in the magic that is information sharing and take some of the power out of the hands of the goliath service providers.

    full story

     
    • perpetuallyphil 5:21 pm on October 15, 2008 Permalink

      if they really wanted to tho, this could be done in a few months not 10 years…..

    • deadindenver 5:50 pm on October 15, 2008 Permalink

      it would be nice if we could use the over-abundance of technology we have created for growing the human spirit and intelligence rather than exploiting it

    • homad 3:01 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink

      like using brain chips to constantly release dmt through the pineal gland ? haha, j/k …or am I

  • tallbridge 5:14 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , internet, O3b, poverty   

    O3b links with Google 

    Via NYtimes:

    Satellite company O3b Networks has linked up with Google and other investors to bring cheaper, high-speed wireless Internet access to areas unlikely to see investments in fiber infrastructure.

    O3b stands for “other 3 billion,” a reference to the world’s population that still can’t access the Internet. O3b, which is based in the U.K.’s Channel Islands, said construction is under way on 16 satellites that will drop the cost for ISPs and operators to provide Internet access over 3G (third-generation) and WiMax networks.

    Those satellites will provide backhaul capacity, also known as “trunking,” for ISPs (Internet service providers) and operators, essentially moving large amounts of data wirelessly between points where fiber-optic cable has not been dug into the ground, said Greg Wyler, O3b’s founder and CEO.

    Developed countries benefited from an explosive laying of undersea fiber cables in the late 1990s, Wyler said. But as those high-capacity networks were created, demand dropped. Many fiber companies went out of business, then their assets were bought on the cheap, fostering the subsequent boom in inexpensive broadband subscription offerings, he said.

    But “the emerging markets never saw that exuberance,” Wyler said. “Usage is growing and the demand is growing, but there isn’t the infrastructure to support the demand.”

    Digging trenches for fiber networks in underdeveloped countries isn’t financially feasible, so the alternative is developing a low-latency backhaul network in the sky, Wyler said. Up to 40 percent of a mobile operators’ costs are consumed building transmission capacity between its home network and thousands of transmission towers, Wyler said. Laying fiber is expensive, however…

     
    • untamedyawp 5:31 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink

      awesome

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