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(Re)Build Our World With Nationbuilder

Nationbuilder is the first community organizing system - it's both a website and a people database that's fully integrated - to help leaders grow and organize their communities to acheive great things. It brings the tools that political leaders like Obama and Romney use to everyone. Whether you're a local candidate, a non-profit, or a radio show... it gives everyone the ability to organize around an idea.

We spoke with Jim Gilliam, the founder and CEO, of Nationbuilder. He also co-founded Robert Greenwald's, Brave New Films. His speech, "The Internet Is My Religion," at the Personal Democracy Forum has been viewed over 500,000 times and been called the best video on the internet. We spoke with Jim about why he created Nationbuilder, who will use it, venture capital funding, and how it has the power to change the world. 

A lot of conservatives talk about the free-market, what about the free-market for governance, and what does that look like? The potential to experiment with that online, with these online communities, where blood isn't shed. Where we can figure out these problems through code and then it will naturally spill out into the IRL... It's what gets me really excited about this, this is the problem to solve. How can nations form, how can people come together at scale across the entire world instantaneously?

Jim Gilliam



"The Internet Is My Religion"


Best Explanation Of Quantum Computing... EVER!

In conversation with Dr. Daniel Lidar about "one of the coldest, most magnetically shielded places on earth." Dr. Lidar is the Scientific and Technical Director at the USC Lockheed-Martin Quantum Computing Center at Information Sciences Institue in Marina Del Rey. The USC Lockheed-Martin Quantum Computing Center received the world’s first commercial, operational quantum computer from D-WAVE.

We discuss the difference between quantum computing and classical computing, how it works, and what it will mean for the world. Hey, maybe we should coin it "Quantum Beach"?

Quantum computing is never going to solve problems that are in principle unsolvable on classical computers … it's not that we can solve problems that we cannot solve classically, it's just that we can solve things faster and sometimes problems which are impractical to solve on classical computers become practical on quantum computers.


With quantum computers we should be able to solve such problems [protein folding] in a matter of hours, instead of… the age of the universe.

Dr. Daniel Lidar

Who Knew? Quantum Mechanics Will Enable Secure Cloud Computing 

The second of our three part series on the future of computing. We spoke with Stefanie Barz from the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology about her recent paper in Science, which demonstrated that quantum computers are perfectly secure in the cloud. 

Privacy is guaranteed by the laws of physics - so it's guaranteed by the fundamental laws and as long as these laws are valid our concept is absolutely secure.

Stefanie Barz


The 4th Paradigm: Interpretation Of Big Data

Chris Kemp, Founder and CEO of Nebula, is working to solve the data storage problem so that, "any company can easily build out and automatically configure a flexible, massively scalable cloud computing infrastructure in minutes, not months."

Computers are generating more and more and more data and so increasingly the outputs of a super computer is an incredible amount of data that humans have to then take in and understand and visualize... there's a whole ecosystem of tools that allow us to take this massive amount of data and draw conclusions from it - that's the fourth paradigm. So we're really inspired by that and so what we're trying to do is build the infrastructure for a world where every industry data is driving everything.

Chris Kemp