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Sunday
Apr152012

The Mojave Makers: A Maker Space At The Gateway To Space

Maker Spaces (aka Hacker Spaces) are a great place for brilliant minds to come together to socialize and collaborate. They are open community labs, incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops/studios where members come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.

This week we spoke with Ethan Chew & Scott Nietfeld of the Mojave Makers - a new maker space at the gateway to space.

To understand why a maker space in Mojave is important, you have to understand kind of the culture of the area. As you mentioned, there's really not much there except for the airport, but the airport is a huge deal. There are all sorts of very intelligent, particularly younger guys working on very interesting things there... and they  are not there for the money or the scenery, they're there because that's what they love to do. So for most of us, when we go home, we don't stop working, we just work on different things... and there was really no venue for that.

Scott Nietfeld

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

 

Monday
Mar262012

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength

On March 15th James Bamford wrote a frightful piece for Wired entitled, "The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)", about the new data center in Utah slated to be complete in 2013. It will effectively become the hub for all the NSA's intelligence data. "Big Brother" may not be fully watching, but he's certainly listening and reading. 

We visited The Actor's Gang in Culver City for their rendition of George Orwell's infamous "Big Brother" novel, 1984. We spoke with some of the actors there, got their take on the NSA's new spy center, and how they feel about performing such a relevant story.

1984 will be returning on Thursday's in April.  

 

Monday
Mar262012

Abundance Is Our Future With Peter Diamandis

We visited Peter Diamandis at X-Prize Headquarters in Playa Del Rey. His new book with Steven Kotler, Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, documents how progress in AI, nanomaterials, digital manufacturing, infinite computing, and a number of other areas, will move humanity out of a world of scarcity - into a world of abundance. 

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 ... over the last hundred years the world has gotten extraordinarily better, by almost every single measure. Childhood mortality is down by a factor of ten. Per capita income adjusted for inflation globally has tripled. Lifespan has more than doubled. Cost of food has come down thirteen-fold, cost of energy twenty-fold, transportation one-hundred-fold, communications at a thousand-fold... people below the poverty line in the United States are living still the lives of kings and queens of a hundred and two hundred years ago... When I think about abundance, I am trying to change people's perspective of scarcity. Scarcity is contextual. Something is scarce until technology comes along and makes it abundantly available.

Peter Diamandis 
 Radio Cut

 

 Extended Edition Coming Soon...

Peter's TED Talk

Peter's 2012 TED Talk from Abundance Book on Vimeo.

 

Sunday
Mar112012

Let's Build Civilization Together

We spoke with Ian Midgley of Open Source Ecology about their Global Village Construction Set and their mission to bring the open source movement to hardware. The Global Village Construction Set is a list of the 50 different Industrial Machines required to build a small, modern civilization. 

We're coming to a point where we are starting to look at our relationships as humans very differently... We're looking with Open Source Ecology to get to post scarcity - where the basic needs of every human are met and instead we're sharing ideas together - like open source software. Everyone's sharing in real time making the best product possible. We want to do that with hardware and with living together as we say, the Global Village Construction Set. The idea of a digital village, a real village, of people all over the world working together and not fighting tooth and nail against one another - we don have to do that as people, we can all consciously evolve together. 

Ian Midgley

Saturday
Mar032012

Live From BIL 2012!

BIL, is an annual unconference organized by two friends of the show, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Simone Syed, on the Queen Mary that follows the TED Conference (and yes, it's in part named for its comedic value). It's more decentralized than TED, but it's still "...a place for people changing the world in big ways. It's a place for passionate people to come together to entergize, brainstorm, and take action."

We are live with Rick and Doran and are joined by "The Greatest Nerd of All Time" Jonathan Vos Post and later by BIL organizer Belle Black.

 

Saturday
Jan142012

The Human Computer To The Quantum Computer

We talk about the beginning of computers - humans doing trajectory calculations during World War II - to the future - utilizing the properties of the quantum world to take computing out of this universe.

Quantum computing... it's like computing across the multi-verse.

Brandon Barney

 

Saturday
Jan072012

Is The Internet A Human Right? 

Vint Cerf, who is recognized as one of the "Father's of the Internet" wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times, Internet Access Is Not A Human Right, which has caused a bit of a stir, especially since back in June the UN declared internet access to be just that. We spoke with Matt Mora, founder of Causes From The Heart and Mora Media Management, about this very issue. Is the internet a human right, a civil right, or something else entirely?

It's obviously very controversial... Ideologically and philosophically I think it might be more of a civil right... my challenge is that when it becomes a civil right, you leave it susceptible to manipulation by anyone who has influence over it.

Matt Mora

Saturday
Oct152011

The Venice Art Crawl With Mark Rojas

Mark Rojas is the winner of the Abott-Kinney Spirit Award and the co-founder of the Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl is a non-profit organization by and for the people whose goal is to strengthen collaboration within the Venice community. Their events are every third Thursday of the month.

I really think the world is a fantastic place and if people just got together, whether it's over art or politics...

Brandon Barney

Listen to the interview:  

   

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