|To understand why Mr Trump's 1461 day presidency to end of 2020 was likely to be the most dangerous whomever ruled the wavelengths, BRI.school invites you to co-edit a 7 minute read on a short history of world trade in millennium 2 - see far right column. In Moore's laws maths -this period's exponential rise breaches singularity - for first one computer chip has more switching/analytic capacity than the human brain's cells- tenmoore.com - The Games|
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 4 : special china thanks: BRI Belt Road IQ -need custom guide rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org normanmacrae foundation, DC-text 240 316 8157
Main reason for optimism is leapfrogging - thats when a society/place that was excluded from industrial age networks leapfrogs an old system to a new one thanks to 1000 times more COMstech than 1946; about a third of the world never had wired telephone lines, now almost all have mobile (text version); more than a quarter of the world never had electricity grids, now microsolar is linking in;. Prior to 2017 only Jim Kim open spaced this debated in DC: let's hope all parents and youth do now from usa to china to Rome, from Scotland to Argentina, from Bangalore to Haiti. from . G1 G2. Join Valuetrue.com and QBG -does your place have a JYK to celebrate global youth? futures of Liberty 1 & education 1
|Even as the 1960s moon race inspired the world, we need to understand how unequal the opporttunity to innovate had been - even in the 1960s as many as half the world's people had no access to electricity grids so they got their news of the moon race by word of mouth.|
Consider 1000-1500- until the last few years of this period , the known world was Europe-Asia and NE Africa; #BR8 the med sea was the main world trade waterway; places facing this sea increasingly developed win-win trades; moreover #BR7 the west asian border to med sea was the start of an amazing overland relay of traders which stretched all the way to china (the silk road was the greatest overland world trade route ever and to sustain its interfacing markets required positive cross-cultural bridging all along its route. Silks and spices from the Chinese end acted like a positive currency- there was much demand for them whose value naturally went up the further they were merchanted back to Europe. Everyone gained for this trading route- you can read marco polo's diaries- perhaps nowhere invested more in artistic celebrations of being a major hub of positive trade than his hometown venice in europe and the town he was asked to govern for 2 years in china Hangzhou which marco described as the great town of markets in the world.)
What happened towards 1500 that 2 long shipping routes were discovered by north europeans- the new world of the ameriucas to the west (#BR6 N, #BR10 what we now call Latin America), and a way of reaching the @BR2 South Asian coastal Belt (starting with the indian subcontinent) by sailing around africa. A ship captain couldnt affird such a long return voyage unless he goit what trade he wanted- soon this big ships were equipped with gun power and crews were pressganged or even enslaved. Next in the process was colonising. So it was that nations became big by pludering economies of other peoples places. Back in 1500 places economic size was corelated with population. Soon Britain grew at the expense particularly of the Indian subcontiuent. Mainly Britain and France colonised Africa too, Spain andPotrtugal colonised Latin America. North America was settled by a mixyure of Europeans whose declaration of Indendence in 1776 ended any attempt by Britain to colonise America, But we should note that the USA was built on a sort of internal colonisation - natives had theor places taken over and slaves were used to do most of the hard labour. In effect the old war's colonial ways casued the 2 world wars of the fkirst half of the 20th C. From 1946 most of the world's countries regained their independence but starting from (mainly undeveloped states - poverty that the colonia era had gtraped them in).
Ironically whule the UDA came to tghe resuce of the old workld and from 1946 helped relaunch the two biggest losers of world war 2 Germsny and Japan, american (not withstandiong thair family trees origins) had previously had little modern of knowledge of Eurasia but were pulled into peacekeeping and the cold war with russia through the sceond half of the 20th C. Whilst there was some understanding of the extraoerdinary progress japanese enginers made with electornics, civil and other enginnering, the rise and rise of the east and the often difficult bodrers that had been caused by British and Jpoanese colonisation of the region are not deeply studied by most Americans or their media. It should be the best news the world has ever seen that the fifth of the world in chjna tghat closed itself to the world for more than a centiry after Brfits has offered opium as a gtrading currency in 1860 is now as entrepreneurial as anywhere. With over half of tghe world's ;people facikng either the sout asia or east asia coastal belts, the opportunity the east is cfreating to win0pwin gtrade oin line with moore's ever increasing technology should make sustainable youth worlwdie the gfreatesty positive curency-invetsment the human race has ever mapped. But this is not how USA or the block of coungtriues ruled by the Euro have marketed transapfrently. Instead we are caught in the Keynsian crisis of economist not valuing the hippocratic oathes he had published as tghe final chapter of the ngeneral throy of employment money and interest. The 2020s are likely to make the system designs our tech spreads irreversible- will the end game be big brother extinction or little sister sustainability?
Friday, November 9, 2012
extracts from tours of mit as the number 1 job creatingalumn network in world
extract 1 student entrepreneur competitions
MIT job-creation meta-hub of 21st C
over 25 years the competition (and all its sister competitions) and the patient capital partners it attracts have been pivotal to mit strategy of being number 1 job creating alumni network in world- pretty well any best app of open source connects through mit; if you walk 800 meters in any direction of kendall metro in boston you see all sorts of industries of the future you can see in no other square mile. MIT seems to offer an antidote to every kind of trap other universities chain students to - reference for book that guides you round emerging future industries which mit webs - see sorcerer's apprentice
currently accelerator phase is on home page of overall web http://www.mit100k.org/ - if its not still there choose accelerator on the tab choices across top of page
extract 2 - if you could bring down degrees of separation between the personal networks that most shape the productivity of your lifetime and one person - who would you choose- while i would be happy to choose from several people at MIT as each would bridge the other - my current target is joi ito- the japanese and net generation multi-win modeling connection with myfather's lifetime work at The Economist is uniquely valuable to me; the (digital) media lad was born around the most exciting education app of $100 laptop though these days most of mit's development entrepreneurs see the ubiquity of mobile in developing world as the platform to innovate the most heroic breakthroughs their lives are capable of colaborating around
here are a few browses of joi ito
Joi Ito Director of Media Lab MIT
MIT Media Lab
77 Mass. Ave.,
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
wired story further down is exciting i think, chris
Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of
and sits on the boards of the Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS,
and Global Voices. In Creative Commons Japan,
he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO
of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early
investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm,
Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite”
listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders
for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek
named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011,
he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In
2012, he was named to the boards of directors of both the John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Times Company.
Open university: Joi Ito plans a radical reinvention of MIT's Media Lab
By David Rowan
15 November 12
This article was taken from the November 2012 issue of Wired magazine.
Joi Ito, 46-year-old director of MIT's Media Lab since last September, has just selected the faculty's newest outpost: the troubled streets of downtown
Detroit. "I was in
a rough neighbourhood there yesterday, where there are miles and miles of
bombed out buildings, and it just blows your mind to see a bunch of kids
building urban farms," he says back in his office in . "They have no
streetlights. If you connect a streetlight to the grid, it gets controlled by
the city and regulated. So they're thinking, how can we create solar-powered
low-cost streetlights, as that will lower crime? They have a maker space in a
church, a place where the kids can learn how to build a computer, a bike shop
where they can learn how to do repairs. The kid who runs this place, Jeff
Sturges, is awesome.We're sending a bunch of Media Lab people to Cambridge,
to work with local innovators already doing stuff on the ground."
Welcome to Ito's vision for opening up the 27-year-old Media Lab, one in which -- for example -- urban agriculture might be researched in Detroit; the arts in Chicago; coding in London; and in which any bright talent anywhere, academically qualified or not, can be part of the world's leading "antidisciplinary" research lab. "Opening up the lab is more about expanding our reach and creating our network," explains Ito, appointed director in April 2011. His prior career spans venture capital and angel investing,
and the Mozilla Foundation,
nightclub DJing and cofounding the first Japanese internet service provider -- but
he never actually earned an academic degree. Although, as Ito sees it, the
formal channels of academia today inhibit progress. "In the old days,
being relevant was writing academic papers. Today, if people can't find you on
the internet, if they're not talking about you in Creative
you're irrelevant. That's the worst thing in the world for any researcher. The
people inventing things might be in Kenya,
and they go to the internet and search. Funders do the same thing. The old,
traditional academic channel is not a good channel for attracting attention,
funding, people, or preventing other people from competing with you.
"Being open, you're much less likely to have someone competitive emerge and you're also much more likely to find somebody who wants to come to work with you. Innovation is happening everywhere -- not just in the Ivy League schools. And that's why we're working with you guys [at Wired] too -- in the old days, academics didn't want to be in popular magazines. Openness is a survival trait."
By opening up the Media Lab, Ito hopes to move closer towards his goal of "a world with seven billion teachers", where smart crowds, adopting a resilient approach and a rebellious spirit, solve some of the world's great problems. His is a world of networks and ecosystems, in which unconstrained creativity can tackle everything from infant mortality to climate change. "We want to take the DNA [of the lab], the secret sauce, and drop it into communities, into companies, into governments," he says. "It's my mission, our mission, to spread that DNA. You can't actually tell people to think for themselves, or be creative. You have to work with them and have them learn it themselves."
The lab, opened in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte and former MIT president Jerome Wiesner as part of MIT's
and Planning, was
intended from the start to foster antidisciplinary thinking. It was, according
to a 1984 briefing document by Negroponte, "designed to be a place where
people of dramatically different backgrounds can simultaneously use and invent
new media, and where the computer itself is seen as a medium -- part of a
communications network of people and machines -- not just an object in front of
which one sits." The same document -- written the year the Apple Mac was
born -- stated: "Today, computers are awkward, if not debilitating, to use.
The average so-called personal computer arrives with unreadable documentation,
the bulk and weight of which usually surpass that of the machine itself." So
how does the lab remain relevant in an era of sentient, voice-recognising and
multi-sensor-embedded smartphones? School
To Ito, that role is not about creating spun-out products -- although celebrated products spawned by the lab includeGuitar Hero, the Kindle, the XO laptop, LEGO Mindstorms, and the foldable CityCar. As Ito sees it, the lab's mission "is to come up with ideas that would never be able to occur anywhere else because most places are incremental, directed and disciplinary". And that means turning the lab into a platform rather than a physical place. "Nicholas comes from a slightly top-down, design-led background. I come from a very unorthodox community-building place --
, Mozilla, Witness, Global
Voices -- which are all about creating movements. To me there's a science to
community building. If you extend the Media Lab as a network, and bring in
different types of partners and nonprofits, and create more diversity, the lab
itself could become a mission, a movement. People think of the lab as a lot of
smart people in a really cool-looking building making really cool gadgets. But Creative
I want it to have a much stronger normative political message -- a lot of the kids at the Media Lab today don't want to make more money, don't want to become immortal, they just want to figure out how to fix this unhealthy system we have. There are lots of kids who are not happy with this massive consumerism, this unsustainable growth, but who have really smart science and technology values. That's a type of person we can draw into what I think will become a movement."
And that will come from pursuing distinctly unconventional research goals. "We aim to capture serendipity. You don't get lucky if you plan everything -- and you don't get serendipity unless you have peripheral vision and creativity. [Conventional] peer review and scholarship play by predetermined rules -- that five other people agree that what you're doing is interesting. Here, even if you're the only person in the world who thinks something's interesting, you can do it. Our funding model allows our students to do anything they want without asking permission. It's like venture capital: we don't expect every experiment to succeed -- in fact, a lot are failures. But that's great -- failure is another word for discovery. We're very much against incrementalism -- we look for unexplored spaces, and our key metrics for defining a good project are uniqueness, impact and magic."