Sepp Hasslberger: Silicon Valley Testing Basic Income

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Basic Income is getting more and more serious consideration. Can’t have a society where work is the passport to life and then there is no work to be found…

Why a bunch of Silicon Valley investors are suddenly interested in universal basic income

Basic income is having a moment. First Finland announced it would launch an ambitious experiment to see if it would work to give everyone in a given area is given a set amount of cash every year from the government, no strings attached. Now the Silicon Valley seed investment firm Y Combinator has announced it wants to fund a basic income experiment in the US.1

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Feb 4

Brian Butler: GE Seeks to Own All Cars, Use Software as Barrier to Generic Repairs and After-Market Parts

Brian Butler

Brian Butler

GM says you don’t own your car, you just license it

GM has joined with John Deere in asking the government to confirm that you literally cannot own your car because of the software in its engine. Like Deere, GM wants to stop the Copyright Office from granting an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow you to jailbreak the code in your car’s engine so that you can take it to a non-GM mechanic for service, or fix it yourself. By controlling who can service your car, GM can force you to buy only official, expensive parts, protecting its bottom line.

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Jan 16

Jean Leavins: Blockchain Will Decentralize Everything!

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

How Blockchain Technology Might Decentralise Everything (Not Just Currency!)

Do you know that blockchain technology could decentralise everything and not just currency? Do you even know what Blockchain is? One example that you just might have heard of is Bitcoin, the online currency. That in itself may not enlighten you to what blockchain is, however. According to Pearl Chan (2015) reporting for Venture Beat, a blockchain is:

“A transaction database shared by all nodes participating in a system. In essence it is a distributed method of tracking and transferring assets online without need for a trusted party.”

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Jan 9

Yoda: Matt McAlister on Need for $1B Journalism Fund

yoda with light saberGoogle and Facebook as the dark force…

Silicon Valley should follow Google and create a $1bn journalism fund

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The Guardian

EXTRACT

Europe has assumed the role of digital media regulator in the apparent absence of a moral compass within these platforms that exert increasing influence over our lives.

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Dec 11