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Phonebloks

This post is about a unique approach on phones.

A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade.

The design

Phonebloks Open

The design of the phone is innovative : anyone can build a phone from exactly the blocks they want, and when there is problem with a block, the solution is to replace only the needed module.

The approach

For more information visit www.phonebloks.com .

What is reddit?

This is a video about an interesting site and community on the Internet – Reddit.

DJ decks made of… paper

This is a video from TED about paper and technology.

“I love paper, and I love technology,” says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who’s spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real-time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates on-stage.

Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here?

This is a video about an interesting topic – online privacy.

As technology has evolved over the past two centuries, so have our expectations about privacy. This new digital world allows us to connect with each other with increasing ease, but it has also left our personal information readily available, and our privacy vulnerable.Cultural norms have pushed us all online, seemingly at the mercy of whatever terms of service are put before us.

Cookies and tracking allow companies to collect limitless amounts of information about us, often more than we’d share with family and friends. And in the push for national security, the government has collected vast amounts of information as well, often without our knowledge. With the NSA leak reigniting this important debate, we take a closer look at the state of privacy in the digital age.

Behind the Great Firewall of China

This is an interesting video about the technology of “the great firewall of China”.

Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet — “All the servers are in Beijing” — he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country’s history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.

What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

Will we have a job in the future ?

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical?

In this video we explore an interesting question : is artificial intelligence (AI) ethical or not?

If you’re even the slightest bit familiar with pop culture from the past 50 years, you know that we’ve been anxiously awaiting robots to become a part of our daily lives. From R2-D2 to the Jetsons, our future robot companions promise to be helpful and handy! But many people have their concerns: will the development of artificial intelligence end up REPLACING humans in the work force, pushing already high unemployment through the roof?!?! These new laborers will likely do not just undesirable jobs (janitorial, coal mining, etc), but also the high paying premium jobs, like surgeons and lawyers. But can, or SHOULD, we stop progress?

Why Google Glass?

This an interesting video from TED about Google glass and the motivation behind it.

It’s not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass?

Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.

The Rise of Human-Computer Cooperation

In our current state of technology computers can’t solve all problems. We as humans must help them by changing our relation with them.

Brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.

How did feathers evolve?

A short video from TedEd about the evolution of feathers and birds.

To look at the evolution of modern bird feathers, we must start a long time ago, with the dinosaurs from whence they came. We see early incarnations of feathers on dinosaur fossils, and remnants of dinosaurs in a bird’s wish bone. Carl Zimmer explores the stages of evolution and how even the reasons for feathers have evolved over millions of years