29 november 2012

Don Tapscott - Four principles for the open world

Julia Sweeney has The Talk

Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questions.

23 november 2012

TEDxObserver - Rick Falkvinge - The Pirate Party - the politics of protest

In 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software entrepreneur, founded a new political party 

centred around the subjects of file sharing, copyright and patents. He called it the Pirate 

Party and it rose to prominence after a government crackdown on the file-sharing site, 

the Pirate Bay. Since then, the Pirate Party has swept Europe and beyond to become an 

international political movement, active in 40 different countries with representation in 

the European parliament.

In Sweden, it's the largest party for voters under the age of 30 with 25% of the vote, and 

in September 2011, the German Pirate Party won an unprecedented 8.9 per cent of the 

vote and now has several members in the Berlin state parliament. Focused on the subjects 

of government transparency, internet privacy and copyright law, the Pirate Party hosts 

Wikileaks on its servers and uses new technology to leverage political power in new and 

interesting ways. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine called Falkvinge one of the top 100

 global thinkers.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events 

that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks 

video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized 

TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but

 individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Pratshowen 5

PRATSHOWEN Femte avsnittet om Sverigedemokraterna, bråket och rasismen. Har 

gammelpolitikerna inte tagit debatten på nätet? 

Vem är det som spekulerar om när Elisabet Höglund ska dö? Och är sociala medier 

rätt ställe att ventilera hur dåligt man mår? 

Morgan Larsson, P3 och Adam Cwejman, Timbro med programledare Sara 


Arén om debatterna på nätet.


20 november 2012

Erik Almqvist är glömsk - Från Expressen

Från Expressen

The Unstoppable Binary Bros

NASA Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 - 2014

This marvelous animated simulation depicts the proposed test flight of the NASA Orion spacecraft in 2014.

During the test, which is called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), Orion will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, perform two orbits and reach an altitude higher than any achieved by a spacecraft intended for human use since 1973.

14 november 2012

Television 1939 RCA Early Introduction to TV

"Early promotional film introducing TV to the American public, probably coordinated with the rollout of scheduled broadcasting at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Shows scenes of television production at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) studios at Rockefeller Center, New York City, using equipment manufactured by NBC's corporate parent RCA."

Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization.
In its early stages of development, television employed a combination of optical, mechanical and electronic technologies to capture, transmit and display a visual image. By the late 1920s, however, those employing only optical and electronic technologies were being explored...
The first images transmitted electrically were sent by early mechanical fax machines, including the pantelegraph, developed in the late nineteenth century. The concept of electrically powered transmission of television images in motion was first sketched in 1878 as the telephonoscope, shortly after the invention of the telephone...
The idea of using scanning to transmit images was put to actual practical use in 1881 in the pantelegraph, through the use of a pendulum-based scanning mechanism... scanning... is the concept of "rasterization", the process of converting a visual image into a stream of electrical pulses.
In 1884 Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, a 23-year-old university student in Germany, patented the first electromechanical television system which employed a scanning disk, a spinning disk with a series of holes spiraling toward the center, for rasterization. The holes were spaced at equal angular intervals such that in a single rotation the disk would allow light to pass through each hole and onto a light-sensitive selenium sensor which produced the electrical pulses. As an image was focused on the rotating disk, each hole captured a horizontal "slice" of the whole image.
Nipkow's design would not be practical until advances in amplifier tube technology became available. The device was only useful for transmitting still "halftone" images—represented by equally spaced dots of varying size—over telegraph or telephone lines. Later designs would use a rotating mirror-drum scanner to capture the image and a cathode ray tube (CRT) as a display device, but moving images were still not possible, due to the poor sensitivity of the selenium sensors. In 1907 Russian scientist Boris Rosing became the first inventor to use a CRT in the receiver of an experimental television system. He used mirror-drum scanning to transmit simple geometric shapes to the CRT.
Using a Nipkow disk, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird succeeded in demonstrating the transmission of moving silhouette images in London in 1925, and of moving, monochromatic images in 1926... in 1927 Baird also invented the world's first video recording system, "Phonovision": by modulating the output signal of his TV camera down to the audio range, he was able to capture the signal on a 10-inch wax audio disc using conventional audio recording technology...
In 1926, Hungarian engineer Kálmán Tihanyi designed a television system...
By 1927, Russian inventor Léon Theremin developed a mirror-drum-based television system...
Also in 1927, Herbert E. Ives of Bell Labs transmitted moving images from a 50-aperture disk producing 16 frames per minute...
In 1927, Philo Farnsworth made the world's first working television system with electronic scanning of both the pickup and display devices, which he first demonstrated to the press on 1 September 1928.
WRGB claims to be the world's oldest television station, tracing its roots to an experimental station founded on January 13, 1928, broadcasting from the General Electric factory in Schenectady, NY, under the call letters W2XB...
In 1936 the Olympic Games in Berlin were carried by cable to television stations in Berlin and Leipzig where the public could view the games live...
On 2 November 1936 the BBC began transmitting the world's first public regular high-definition service...
In 1936, Kálmán Tihanyi described the principle of plasma display, the first flat panel display system.
Mexican inventor Guillermo González Camarena also played an important role in early television...
Although television became more familiar in the United States with the general public at the 1939 World's Fair, the outbreak of World War II prevented it from being manufactured on a large scale until after the end of the war. True regular commercial television network programming did not begin in the U.S. until 1948...