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Saturday
Apr072012

(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"

Saturday
Mar312012

Rant On Data & Privacy: Wake Up - Knowledge Is Power!

There was (it has since been pulled from the app store) an iPhone app called "Girl's Around Me" that literally did just that... found all the girls around you with links to pictures and information about them. Basically it was an aggregate of Facebook and Foursquare's API, which used Location Services to track where girls are. Brittney weighs in as a woman technologist and how this really isn't unexpected.

We also discussed Lewis Hill, the founder of the Pacifica Foundation, and how - Pacifica, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google - are more similar than we think.

Google and Facebook in the most positive light, as originally being founded to try to solve for the same thing as Lewis Hill and the Pacifica Foundation... In terms of treating people as individuals and creating communities and spaces where people can share ideas. Now Facebook and Google... make the argument that you could have a for-profit company and using technology you can treat people as individuals by doing hyper-targeting advertising... I don't know if this is going to be successful or not, but these conversations around privacy... The demands on an organization to both make enough revenue to support itself while also preserving the intention or values of its founders... I think we all need to be conscious of this new technology and the changes, and use our wisdom and values to make decisions about how we use this technology.

Brandon Barney

 

Saturday
Jan282012

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.

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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
Saturday
Jan212012

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

Saturday
Sep102011

Are We The Commanders Of Our Own Technology?

Douglas Rushkoff is a world renowned media theorist and author of numerous books, including "Life Inc" and "Playing The Future". We spoke with him about his latest book, "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age". 

Programming is becoming the language in which human society is based... Now that we have computers, I feel like we shouldn't just learn how to use them, but how to program them.

 Doughlas Rushkoff

 Listen to the interview:

   

Saturday
Sep032011

Code The Change You Wish To See With Code Hero

In conversation with Alex Peake, Founder and CEO at Primer Labs, who have developed Code Hero, a video game that teaches you how to make video games.

What we're fundamentally trying to do is to put the player in the mindset that they are a Code Hero - not that they're playing a game about being a Code Hero - but by playing this game they are doing things that coders have done since the very beginning of computers. The goal really is to prime people - inspire and prepare them to pursue it further... It's an epic calling. It's something you're being taught how to do, but most of all it makes you want to do it. 

Alex Peake


"Code Hero" Trailer:

Crossing The Programming Divide

Saturday
Aug062011

AI Learning To Win Civilization... By Learning Language

Oh the language games we play... well now, not just us huamns are doing it, but AI as well.  S.R.K. Branavan is a graduate student at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab - where they taught a machine how to win the strategy game civilization by reading the manual. Just imagine if robots are able to interpret human language, then they can learn how to do tasks they have not previously come into contact with.

If you'd like to read the original paper, click here.

If you'd like to setup the virtual machine, click here.

The idea is that giving a computer access to information recorded in human language can significantly improve its chances of doing well in whatever task you want it to do... it's what humans do... Also, you don't need to know language beforehand to be able to leverage the information encoded in human language...

S.R.K. Branavan

Saturday
Jul302011

Leaving The Realm Of Science-Fiction... Entering Reality

Alex Lightman is an author, entrepreneur, and futurist. We spoke with him about the future of Digital Culture and what the implications of IBM's Watson are, the future or radio programming, Transhumanism, merging with machines (a la Borg), the DIY revolution, and more... all in eight minutes!
It sounds like the Borg is coming... that we're the Borg home world...
Brittney Gallagher