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What Is The Shape Of The Societies Of The Future?

The nature of the societies that are going to emerge from a strong technological foundation of global communication and economic networks is going to be very different from the cities and nation states of today. We are accustomed to see centralized power, and delegation of decisionmaking, which will be complemented by decentralized organizations nimbly allocating resources to …

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Liveblogging the Singularity Summit 2007 – Day Two – afternoon

During the lunch R.U. Sirius interviewed Kevin Kelly. I am looking forward to listen to that podcast soon. 13.06 Michael Lindsay X-Prize Foundation shows a video on the X Prize Foundation, which funded the prize for private space travel won by Burt Rutan’s SpaceShip One team. The foundation is expanding in new areas and Michael …

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Liveblogging the Singularity Summit 2007 – Day One – morning

We got the power supply issues solved, and the wifi is also now working well thanks to the great help from the organizers. 09.40 Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital introducing the Summit: “The 21st Century is going to be far more greater, and/or far more terrible then the 20th Century. We are here to make sure …

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Singularity on the front page

The ‘San Francisco Chronicle‘ has a front page article dedicated to the Singularity Summit, entitled “When Machines Think“. Is it a good thing when a meme enters the mainstream? Is the meme of Singularity ready for the exposure?

I attended the luanch of D-wave Systems’ quantum computer!

 I decided that the unveiling of the first commercial quantum computer by D-wave systems was a historical moment that I didn’t want to miss, and having received on Monday to confirmation of my invitation, I literally hopped on a plane to come to San Francisco, and attend  the launch event at the Computer History Museum …

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I just scored one through virtual conferencing!

I was attending virtually attending CES in Las Vegas, and MacWorld in San Francisco simultaneously today, and greatly enjoyed the fantastic reporting from Engadget of Steve Jobs’ announcements. You could feel the excitement growing about the “three devices” (iPod, Phone, and Internet), which were really one. Then I said to myself, let’s drop a call …

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Dissent Is Not Un-American

Geof Stone is guest-blogging on Lessig.org about dissent, and how politicized media or strong-arming politics can suppress it, or try tint it with shades implied guilt. One of the most commovent views at a trip I took to the US in November 2001 was a poster the width of the entire building, at the second …

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