Sharing economy shares assets and business opportunities
Business Vancouver, 22 July 2014
One of the most disruptive business trends of recent years is growing at an alarming rate. It’s called the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The premise is pretty simple: use digital technology to reap the advantages of ownership without actually owning something, or to become a micro-entrepreneur without any investm Continue reading
Village in a Box: Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build The Next Economy
by Tiffany Orr
3dprint.com, July 24, 2014
…the folks at the Open Source Ecology project say you only need about 50 machines such as a wind turbine, cement mixer and sawmill to get things going. And they should know since they are currently building and creating open source industrial machines and sharing the designs online without cost.
China’s Advance in Latin America has more Challenges than Xi’s Visit Suggests
I recently taught a course in China based on my soon-to-be released book, Chinese Companies on the Ground in Latin America. While there, I interacted with Chinese research colleagues and students who hope to be the next Chinese diplomats and managers relocated to Latin America. Their perspectives differ from President Xi’s exuberant declarations and provide a glimpse of the challenges that lie ahead.
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This is a really excellent essay on the nature of science. Rovelli’s observation: “Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most reliable way of thinking at the present level of knowledge” is one of the most insightful things I have read about science in a decade. There are also very insightful comments about the competing worldviews in physics, and science’s relationship to religion. This piece has been excerpted from The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos.
Science Is Not About Certainty
CARLO ROVELLI, professor at Université de la Méditerranée, Marsei – New Republic