Jean Lievens: Village in a Box – Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build the Next Economy

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Village in a Box: Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build The Next Economy

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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.

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Devin Balkind: Kickstarter for Citizen Journalists

Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind

21 days to go toward their goal.

Bellingcat, for and by citizen investigative journalists

Bellingcat is a website founded by Brown Moses.

Bellingcat will bring together both critically acclaimed and emerging citizen investigative journalists using open source information to investigate, collaborate, and report on worldwide issues that are being underreported and ignored.

Open source information, which is information freely available to anyone through the Internet—think YouTube, Google Maps, Reddit—has made it possible for ANYONE to gather information and source others, through social media networks. Think the Syrian Civil War. Think the Arab Spring.

Read more and consider a donation at Kickstarter.

Stephen E. Arnold: Could Microsoft’s Machine Learning in the Cloud Help Clean Up Legacy Big Data?

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Microsoft Puts Machine Learning in the Cloud

Machine learning is ascending to the cloud. The Register asks, “Do Data Centers Dream of Electric Sheep? Microsoft Announces Machine Learning Cloud.” As competition in the world of SaaS and remote hosting continues to escalate, this move may set Microsoft ahead of Amazon and Google (for now). Our question—will this progress rub off on Bing? One can hope.

Writer Jack Clark tells us:

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Sepp Hasslberger: goTenna radio augments cellular

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

For those who venture into areas that have scarce cell pone coverage … goTenna will enable direct p2p messaging beyond the reach of a cell tower (and when communications are down for any reason). Expected to be available later this year. Can be pre-ordered at half price.

How goTenna will enable smart-phone off-line direct messaging by radio transmission

goTenna enables you to communicate without any need for central connectivity whatsoever—no cell towers, no wifi, no satellites—so when you’re off-grid you can remain connected. In fact, goTenna will even work if your smartphone is in “Airplane Mode”! How does this magic work?

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