Stephen E. Arnold: Google Search Implodes — Loss of Integrity in Every Respect

Categories: IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Google and Universal Search or Google Floudering with Search

There have been some experts who have noticed that Google has degraded blog search. In the good old days, it was possible to query Google’s index of Web logs. It was not comprehensive, and it was not updated with the zippiness of years past.

Search Engine Land and Web Pro News both pointed out that www.google.com/blogsearch redirects to Google’s main search page. The idea of universal search, as I understood it, was to provide a single search box for Google’s content. Well, that is not too useful when it is not possible to limit a query to a content type or a specific collection.

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Aug 31

Richard Stallman: Free Software Supporter Issue 77 August 2014

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Free Software Supporter

Issue 77, August 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Aug 30

Rick Robinson: Smart Cities 101

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

7 steps to a Smart City

1. Define what a “Smarter City” means to you
2. Convene a stakeholder group to co-create a specific Smarter City vision; and establish governance and a credible decision-making process
3. Structure your approach to a Smart City by drawing on the available resources and expertise
4. Establish the policy framework
5. Populate a roadmap that can deliver the vision
6. Put the financing in place
7. Enable communities and engage with informality: how to make “Smarter” a self-sustaining process

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12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair

So how do we design Smart City systems that employ technology to make cities more successful, resilient and efficient; in a way that distributes resources and creates opportunities more fairly than today?

One answer to that question is that the infrastructures and institutions of such cities should be open to citizens and businesses: accessible, understandable, adaptable and useful.

1.Broadband connectivity   .   2. Cloud computing   .   3. Mobile and Smart phones   .   4. Social media   .   5. The touchscreen   .   6. Open Source software   .   7. Intelligent hardware   .   8. Open APIs    .   9. Open Data   .   10. Open Standards   .   11. Local and virtual currencies and trading systems   .   12. Identity stores

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Aug 28

John Maguire: Edgar Morin WISE 2013 Special Address YouTube (18:04) 7 Complex Lessons for Education

Focus on error and illusion, need to deal with uncertainty. A great deal of error arises from reductionism.

See Also:

2013 WISE Prize Laureate: YouTube (4:34) Vicky Colbert of Colombia on The New School for the Silent Revolution

2011 Edgar Morin on YouTube (12:23): Edgar Morin: Seven Complex Lessons in Education

Review: Homeland Earth

Review: Seven Complex Lessons for the Future

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Aug 28

Stephen E. Arnold: Free Law Textbooks — and the Fight to Liberate Intellectual Property Law from Entrenched Corporations with Armed with Lobbyists

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Free Law Textbooks Challenge Copyright Maximalism

August 28, 2014

The article titled Duke Professor Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With Intellectual Property Law on Techdirt refers to the work of James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins. Both work in the Center of the Study of Public Domain at Duke Law School and hoped to mitigate the prices of textbooks for college students. They have already released their Intellectual Property Statutory Supplement (free to download, about $10 to print). They are quoted in the article,

“We are motivated in part by the outrageously steep cost of legal teaching materials, (and the increasing restrictions on those materials — such as the removal of the right of first sale). This book is intended for use with our forthcoming Intellectual Property casebook (coming in the Fall) but can also be used as a free or low cost supplement for basic Intellectual Property courses — at the college, law school or graduate school levels.”

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Aug 28

Berto Jongman: RoboEarth, RoboBrain — ZERO True Cost Economics Included

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Robotic brain ‘learns’ skills from the internet

A super-intelligent robotic “brain” that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube. The information it learns can then be accessed by robots around the world, helping them to perform everyday tasks. A similar project is already being developed in Europe.

RoboEarth, described as a world wide web for robots, was demonstrated by researchers at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands in January. Like Robo Brain, it aims to become a global repository for information that can be accessed by other robots. But unlike RoboEarth, Robo Brain is able to build up its own understanding from the information it gets from the internet, rather than being programmed by humans.

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Aug 28

Berto Jongman: Foley Execution a Fake? UPDATED

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

There are a number of other stories that suggest the entire video was faked, with many inconsistencies.

Experts: James Foley Beheading Video Likely Fake

Wrong Head: ‘Beheaded James Foley is NOT James Foley’

Staged Foley Beheading Used as Poster Child For Syria Attack

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Aug 24

Jean Lievens: Factory of the Future – Internet of Things (Not Yet Rooted in Open Source Everything, True Cost Economics, or Holistic Analytics)

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

Andrew Dugenske, Alain Louchez

Manufacturing.net, August 2014

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or “Factories of the Future” to highlight a few, these initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a nimble and seamless whole fully integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment.

There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.

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Aug 21

Stephen E. Arnold: Heavens — Big Data is HARD WORK!

Categories: IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Big Data: Oh, Oh, This Revolution Requires Grunt Work

I read “For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights.” The write up from the newspaper that does not yet have hot links to the New York Times’ store, has revealed that Big Data involves “janitor work.”

Interesting. I thought that Big Data was a silver bullet, a magic jinni, a miracle, etc. The write up reports that “far too much handcrafted work — what data scientists call “data wrangling,” “data munging” and “data janitor work” — is still required.”

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Aug 20

Bojan Radej: Complex Systems Science With Wicked Humans, Smart Animals, and Communicating Plants

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Bojan Radej

Bojan Radej

I am sending you pretty inspirational paper, “Living Roadmap for Complex Systems Science: The French roadmap for complex systems: March 2008, The Complex System Society«. It is written in scientific language. I am sometimes thinking about your concepts and try to figure out how to translate them from systemic presentation to complex one. The difference may seem scholastic, but I wish to point out that this first impression is wrong. There is much deeper reason which relates not only to consistency of your concepts with the nature of the problem, but it may also contribute to essential simplification and so make an important step towards possibility for operationalisation. System theory is appropriate tool for dealing with terribly complicated challenges like building an airplane or sending mission to moon. Your challenge is more complex than complicated; complexity involves another type of elements, who are not complicated but wicked, involving human and social (political, cultural) factors. You may wish to surf the web for Cynefin framework (by Snowden) which nicely explains this.

PDF (22 Pages): CSS 2008 (French) Roadmap for Complex Systems

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Aug 19