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Aug 27, 2017

The great outer space LAND GRAB of the near future: Conflicts over space rock mining rights

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, governance, law, space travel, treaties

(Natural News) Space has become a veritable goldmine of natural resources for many companies, yet can anyone lay claim to them? That’s the question legal experts claim will become relevant in the future as firm turn to the stars for precious metals and minerals, and it’s one that also needs to be answered as soon as possible to avoid hostility between competing firms and countries.

Barry Kellman, law professor of space governance at DePaul University in Chicago, explained: “There is a huge debate on whether companies can simply travel to space and extract its resources. There is no way to answer the question until someone does it.”

According to one international treaty, this need not even be an issue. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, formally known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, has served as the main standard for sharing space. As per the 1967 treaty, no single country can claim “national appropriation” of celestial bodies “by occupation or by other means”. (Related: MINING just one large asteroid could COLLAPSE the world economy due to surge of new supply for valuable metals.)

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Aug 15, 2017

Rethinking Innovation and Scale | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Posted by in categories: governance, innovation

“An organization, and ultimately its impact, can be fundamentally defined by how it manages the dual challenge of innovating and building on its existing strengths, or ‘scaling’ as Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos suggest in their new book, Innovation and Scaling for Impact.”

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Aug 15, 2017

Massachusetts takes on leadership role with new greenhouse gas-cutting regulations — By Mark Hand | ThinkProgress

Posted by in categories: environmental, governance, government

“Clean energy purchases projected to reach 80 percent by 2050.”

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Aug 15, 2017

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Wants to Clean Up the Internet — by Nicholas Thompson | WIRED

Posted by in categories: governance, internet

“To Systrom, it’s pretty simple: Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to @&#$post.”

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Aug 3, 2017

Time to rethink our perspective on jobs and technology — By Curtis S. Chin and Meera Kumar | The Japan Times

Posted by in categories: governance, innovation, robotics/AI

“As technology advances, the challenge of job creation grows more pressing”

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Aug 3, 2017

Why driverless cars might not hit the road so fast — By Scott Nyquist | LinkedIn

Posted by in categories: governance, government, robotics/AI, transportation

“In May, GM spent $1 billion to buy Cruise Automation, a small startup with promising self-driving software.”

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Jul 27, 2017

Floating City Project Wants To Make An ‘Unregulated’ Hub Of Scientific Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, engineering, food, governance, law, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, sustainability

In the hopes of rising above the laws and regulations of terrestrial nations, a group of Silicon Valley millionaires has bold plans to build a floating city in Tahiti, French Polynesia. It sounds like the start of a sci-fi dystopia (in fact, this is the basic premise behind the video game Bioshock), but the brains behind the project say their techno-libertarian community could become a paradise for technological entrepreneurship and scientific innovation.

The Seasteading Institute was set up in 2008 by billionaire PayPal founder Peter Thiel and software engineer, poker player, and political economic theorist Patri Friedman. Both ardent libertarians, their wide-eyed mission is to “establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems.”

“Seasteading will create unique opportunities for aquaculture, vertical farming, and scientific and engineering research into ecology, wave energy, medicine, nanotechnology, computer science, marine structures, biofuels, etc,” their website reads.

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Jul 19, 2017

A Brief History of Free Money — By Matthew Heimer | Fortune

Posted by in categories: economics, governance


“[T]he idea is hardly new: In fact, it has resurfaced repeatedly over the centuries at times of economic transformation, winning allies across the ideological spectrum.”

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Jul 1, 2017

Misunderstanding Terrorism — With Marc Sageman | Radio Cafe

Posted by in categories: big data, counterterrorism, governance, government, information science, policy, terrorism

There is a radio edit (about one half hour) and an unabridged version (about one hour long).

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Jun 28, 2017

World Economic Forum blockchain report calls for ‘multi-stakeholder collaboration’ — By Ian Allison | International Business Times

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, governance, policy

“A report outlining how blockchain technology will usher in a new era of the internet has been published by the World Economic Forum at its 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, taking place on 27–29 June in Dalian, People’s Republic of China.”

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