06 January 2015

Anything but water

  1. This blog claims the "uber economy" depends on class exploitation, when it really works because technology allows people to disrupt cartels (taxis, hotels) whose big profits were protected by state power AND barriers to entry. Coming from the other direction, worry about automation making us dumb. Use your brain, even for the "boring stuff" (Related: people living "off the grid" think much more about their use of resources and the case for banning laptops in the classroom, as a means of forcing more critical reasoning)

  2. A fascinating TED talk by an Indian man whose "hole-in-the-wall" computers allowed children to teach themselves

  3. Michael Lewis is right: turn Wall Street over to grandmothers

  4. Opportunity or Threat? Detroit by Air

  5. Many free pirated books

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