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The ‘Smart City’ vision is shaped by providers of big technology, who are not attuned to bottom-up innovation, or the messy, disruptive ways that people use technology. It is a vision shaped around the need of the suppliers, and by the mindset of top-down masterplanning. More damningly still, the big technology companies are selling ‘smart city in a box’ solutions to cities, walled gardens that prevent scalable local business innovation. It is not surprising therefore that the technology is not selling, as the ‘smarter’ cities turn away.

The idea of the Smart Citizen has been proposed by thinkers such as Dan Hill […] to shift the debate towards the most important dimension of cities, the people who live, work and create within them.

On the one hand there is the view that Smart City design should allow for the disruptive ways in which people use technology. But there is also a stronger claim here, namely that citizens can, and should, play a leading role in conceiving, designing, building, maintaining our cities of the future.

This is a call for a fundamental shift in the way we think about our cities and about urban development, that goes beyond a plea for wider public consultation in the planning process. Alongside ‘top-down’ master-planning, we need to enable ‘bottom-up’ innovation and collaborative ways of developing systems out of many, loosely joined parts.

Drew Hemment and Anthony Townsend, Here Come The Smart Citizens

h/t to Manu Fernandez

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I love this post. Especially calling out the top-down mentality that routinely forgets to navigate by the customer/audience/individual as it’s “north star” - and ends up being surprised when they disrupt their plans again and again.

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Steve Brule gets a billboard in NYC today, next up: his own show

Steve Brule gets a billboard in NYC today, next up: his own show

theroseinbloom:

NOW THAT is a movie I would watch.

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I don’t think you can last by meeting the
contemporary public taste, the taste from the last
quarterly report. I don’t think you can last by following
demographics and carefully meeting expectations. I don’t
know many works of art that last that are condescending.
I don’t know many works of art that last that are
deliberately stupid. You may be a geek, you may have geek
written all over you; you should aim to be one geek
they’ll never forget. Don’t aim to be civilized. Don’t
hope that straight people will keep you on as some kind of
pet. To hell with them; they put you here. You should
fully realize what society has made of you and take a
terrible revenge. Get weird. Get way weird. Get
dangerously weird. Get sophisticatedly, thoroughly weird
and don’t do it halfway, put every ounce of horsepower you
have behind it. Have the artistic *courage* to recognize
your own significance in culture!

-Bruce Sterling (via ce-douglas)

Amen

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designersofthings:

3D Printed Human Organ Coming in 2014

San Diego-based company Organovo is getting ready to unveil the world’s first 3D printed human liver next year. The organ will be used for research and drug discovery but the bioprinting company’s vision is to leverage this technology for surgical therapy and transplants. 

Bioprinting works in a similar fashion to the 3D printers which use plastic or metal. But instead of printing an iPhone case the end result is an organ. The bioprinter prints layers of material, in this case live tissue instead of ABS, which create a solid physical item. 

The biggest hurdle in printing tissues is developing the vascular system required to keep the tissue alive. Without a functioning system providing tissues with the  nutrients and oxygen they need to survive the printed tissue dies. Organovo says they have overcome these issues.

According to the ComputerWorld, Organovo has printed a liver that is greater than 500 microns thick, the equivalent of 5 stacked sheets paper. But more importantly, they have maintained the live tissue for at least 40 days.

Organovo’s breakthrough is that they have successfully printed living tissues that can be kept alive long enough for research or in the near future to implant in a human body to continue to develop.  

The ability to print organs is a game changer for the thousands of people who are on the organ waiting list. But don’t expect it to happen overnight. Once the technology is there, it will need to go through regulatory approvals to make it available. But Organovo’s milestone is a sure sign that we are headed in that direction.

This isn’t the first time we have seen 3D printers used to create human parts. Back in August reports emerged about researchers from Princeton and Johns Hopkins who had printed an ear using cartilage and electronic parts.

Source: ComputerWorld

Image Source: Organovo

My partner in crime turned me on to these guys months ago (for an Empiricist’s League event, no less).

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bixiestudios:

Last minute gifts on your list? I’m offering same day shipping / free 2 day domestic shipping with code “2dayship” through this Friday (12/20) to make sure that any order gets there in time for Christmas. If you order any in-stock item before 6 PM EST, I’ll wrap it & ship it that day to make sure you have it for under the tree. (Cufflinks make great gifts for that man in your life, just sayin’  Mine loves both the Ray Guns Zam ZZZAP! and the Foo Dog!) http://tiny.cc/9u667w

bixiestudios:

Last minute gifts on your list? 

I’m offering same day shipping / free 2 day domestic shipping with code “2dayship” through this Friday (12/20) to make sure that any order gets there in time for Christmas. If you order any in-stock item before 6 PM EST, I’ll wrap it & ship it that day to make sure you have it for under the tree. 

(Cufflinks make great gifts for that man in your life, just sayin’  Mine loves both the Ray Guns Zam ZZZAP! and the Foo Dog!) 

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But, really, it seems that it’s in Elsevier’s general DNA to try to privatize knowledge, research and understanding

Elsevier Continues Its Efforts To Stifle The Sharing Of Knowledge To Pump Up Its Own Profits | Techdirt

I’ve seen this movie over and over again. It frustrates me every time. But the open exchange of information is the future and you can’t stop that. 

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harkaway:

The truth about editing.

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joehillsthrills:

super-psychic-paper:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

i can’t believe i did this. yeah, definitely going to make another shitty dw/sw gifs!))))

I WOULD PAY SO MUCH MONEY TO SEE THIS MOVIE. SO. MUCH.

Worlds. Collide.

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