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This is truly shameful. The DRM world has truly gone wild when a farmer is unable to fix his own equipment. This is where "Do It Yourself" is about as core to the American ethos as you get. As the Make: magazine slogan say, "If you can't open it, you don't own it."



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Predictive policing has enormous risks of introducing algorithmic bias. As a way of countering that, CivicScape has put its source code on GitHub and is looking for transparency as an ally in improving what it already does well. With Brett Goldstein and Anne Milgram on board, I know they are working very hard to get this right.



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This 1993 essay by Robert Putnam (who later wrote the classic book Bowling Alone) on social capital, civic engagement, and prosperity is completely relevant to today's politics.


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As I discover old articles from +Hal Varian and interviews with him like this one, I'm always delighted (but not surprised) by how forward-thinking they have always been. Consider this gem from 2008: "Back in the early days of the Web, every document had at the bottom, “Copyright 1997. Do not redistribute.” Now every document has at the bottom, “Copyright 2008. Click here to send to your friends.” That was not as obvious in 2008 as it sounds today!

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This is an excellent speech by the former US ambassador to Australia about the world today, ending with insights on how education needs to change. "If the students we are training today are going to live to be 120 years old, and their careers are likely to span 90 years, but their training will only make them competitive for 10 years, then we have a problem." 

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This is so true. A TRILLION dollar problem, but more than that, a tragedy of wasted - no destroyed - lives.

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A populism based on love rather than fear? I’m all in! "Throughout his papacy, Francis has criticized the lack of that higher purpose in the technocratic liberal administrations of Europe and the Americas that have dominated since the 1980s. He deplores the way political principles have been replaced by market logic and how governments have failed to defend the interests and values of ordinary people. Speaking to Jesuits in Rome last October, he lamented the loss of “big politics,” the craft of making unity out of diversity and creating what he calls a “culture of encounter,” a society that integrates everyone — rather than a “throwaway culture” in which the poor and the unwanted are cast off."

I spend a lot of time on related topics in my forthcoming book. My framing: The "master algorithm" of profit before purpose is destroying our economy and our society.



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Wow! I thought I was strong on the topic in my forthcoming book, but David Hennemeier Hansen goes biblical on VC fueled startup culture and the cult of exponential growth. "The goal of the virus is to spread as fast as it can and corrupt as many other cells as possible. How on earth did such a debauched zest become the highest calling for a whole generation of entrepreneurs?" 

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ARPA-E is the Advanced Research Projects Agency for energy innovation. As you might expect, its funding is under attack by the Trump administration. This is the infrastructure investment we need for a better future. My son-in-law Saul Griffith gave a talk on the subject at the recent ARPA-E conference, with an account of the innovative research he has done with the support of ARPA-E; it is summarized here. 

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So glad to see this conservative support for a carbon tax with the proceeds rebated to the public in the form of a Universal Basic Income. It would be great to take advantage of this political moment to rewrite the rules in a positive way.
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