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The Internet of Things will bring the internet’s business model into the rest of the world

Posted by hkarner - 14. September 2019

Date: 12-09-2019
Source: The Economist

For better and for worse

In july the Bank of England announced that its new £50 note would carry a picture of Alan Turing, a British mathematician widely regarded as the intellectual father of computer science. Along with excerpts from a seminal paper in 1936 and a binary representation of his date of birth, the new note contains a quotation from 1949, when only a handful of computers existed in the world. “This is only a foretaste of what is to come,” it begins.

Turing’s remark remains true today. Computers have already changed the world in ways that their inventors could never have imagined. Turing could no more have predicted Instagram celebrities and high-frequency trading than Karl Benz, an automotive pioneer, could have predicted suburbs and strip malls. And that is in a world with tens of billions of computers. If predictions about the iot are correct, that number could rise a hundred-fold.

Clues about what is to come can be glimpsed in changes that have already happened. In the quarter of a century since the internet first became a consumer phenomenon, it has upended businesses. Data are the currency of the online world, gathered, analysed, sold and occasionally stolen in a business model that has built some of the world’s most valuable companies—but which is attracting increasingly unfriendly scrutiny from governments and regulators, and which its critics decry as “surveillance capitalism”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Naomi Klein: ‚We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism‘

Posted by hkarner - 14. September 2019

Date: 14-09-2019
Source: The Guardian Natalie Hanman

The No Logo author talks about solutions to the climate crisis, Greta Thunberg, birth strikes and how she finds hope

Naomi Klein: ‘We are going to have to contract on the endless, disposable consumption.’

Why are you publishing this book now?

I still feel that the way that we talk about climate change is too compartmentalised, too siloed from the other crises we face. A really strong theme running through the book is the links between it and the crisis of rising white supremacy, the various forms of nationalism and the fact that so many people are being forced from their homelands, and the war that is waged on our attention spans. These are intersecting and interconnecting crises and so the solutions have to be as well.

The book collects essays from the last decade, have you changed your mind about anything? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Who Benefits from False Climate Solutions?

Posted by hkarner - 14. September 2019

Karin Nansen

Karin Nansen is the chair of Friends of the Earth International.

By distracting from real imperatives, unfeasible solutions to climate change, such as geoengineering, allow the climate crisis to continue to escalate, disproportionately affecting those who have contributed the least to the problem. The truth is that no technological silver bullet can save us from ourselves.

MONTEVIDEO – In a recent special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that addressing climate change will require fundamental changes to the way we manage forests and farmland. The data are new, but the underlying conclusion isn’t: for over a decade, scientists, environmentalists, and civil-society organizations have been warning that our prevailing – and deeply unjust – model of production and consumption lies at the root of the climate crisis. Protecting the planet on which our survival depends will require nothing short than system change

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