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Ours to hack and to own : the rise of platform cooperativism, a new vision for the future of work and a fairer internet (book)

Edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider Real democracy and the Internet are not mutually exclusive. Here, for the first time in one volume, are some of the most cogent thinkers and doers on the subject of the cooptation of the Internet, and how we can resist and reverse the process. The activists who have … Read more

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella says we will become “domesticated cats” controlled by robots if we make the wrong choices

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has urged business leaders not to “abdicate” to the power of robots. Speaking to the Economic Club of New York last week, Nadella was critical of tech company founders who claim we will soon be at the mercy of artificial intelligence, but then don’t offer any solutions. Instead, he says it’s the … Read more

An “iPhone-like revolution”: Minister shows support for electric cars as tech sector calls for more focus on development

Comments from energy minister Josh Frydenberg expressing his support for electric cars have sparked conflict within the Liberal party, but those in the startup space are hoping the sentiment will lead to further growth in a burgeoning area of Australia’s tech industry. As reported by The Australian, Frydenberg said over the weekend that the federal government will … Read more

Queensland Bauxite to develop ‘game-changing’ cannabis pill

THE medical cannabis subsidiary of Queensland Bauxite (ASX: QBL) has signed a landmark deal with a Canadian company to develop a new cannabis pill, one which doctors will be able to recommend and officially prescribe to patients. Queensland Bauxite’s VitaCann division says the pill will be the first of its kind; a pharmaceutical-grade cannabis medicine … Read more

I tried the first self-driving mass transit in the United States — and now I’m excited for the future of travel

I may have come to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, but there was one other thing I knew I had to do while I was there – I needed to ride the downtown Las Vegas shuttle, the first-ever driverless mass transit test program in the country. Since its launch in November 2017, the shuttle … Read more

Commercialization secrets for scientists and engineers (book)

Author: Michael Szycher Commercializing a knowledge-based product or service requires a realistic, methodical approach combined with a great deal of perseverance. Commercialization Secrets for Scientists and Engineers serves as a high-level guide to answering key questions and critical issues that confront founding entrepreneurs on their quest to commercialize their knowledge-based innovations. It highlights the unique … Read more

Shift Ahead : How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World (ebook)

Author: Allen P. Adamson In a world that’s changing faster and more furiously than ever, the ability to shift focus is critical. Why is it that some organizations can continually evolve to meet the times and the marketplace, and others can’t? How do some businesses recognize the right moment to shift, and others, ruefully, only … Read more