The thought of making my own TOYS has a real appeal to the inner kid I’ve never left far behind. Although, I’m not sure I am thrilled with the idea that these creations have a ‘shelf-life’ of two days or so. According to the interviewee, Nicholas Liverman (co-Founder of Old World Laboratories), that’s about the length of the attention span for his own children before they move on to something else (can you say landfill, boys and girls?). Custom Toys
Of greater value, this creative outlet has applications in the education sphere. Increasing affordability of 3-D printers may allow for them to be available in more classroom settings! Imagine the possibilities for the children in lower income settings to have actual hands-on experience with materials that have never been available to them before…
“3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to education institutions, including animal anatomies and toxic materials. The exploration of 3D printing, from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, can open up new possibilities for learning activities.”
How will you apply 3-D production of goods/services to your current work to bring about great changes for a Smarter Planet??
As we all droop from the heat of summer in America, it’s a depressing thought to imagine that water shortages could spell an end to making lemonade or running thru the sprinkler on your lawn or hanging out at a pool or beach with your friends or biting into a sweet juicy peach grown by a local farmer (all particularly summer-y type activities that are generally associated with the U.S.). But it may not be as far fetched as one might suppose - and it may have a financial repercussions worldwide, too!
Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times.
Please take some time to check out the article by Pilita Clark linked below . Admittedly, it’s a lengthy read, but absolutely fascinating (and slightly terrifying!) in the details about the many areas of the globe that have already begun preparations in hopes of staving off the worst effects of the ‘evaporation’ of this most precious commodity.
(P.S. Note her mention of Coca-Cola and their project with World Wildlife Fund – I talked about their work in my blog post on June 27th. Here’s another chance to click on the panda to explore different career paths for yourself)
If you are a resident of the European Union (EU), here’s a chance for you to make money while finding out if candy is really dandy! Take a look at the job posting (also linked in the article below from Time online).
However, you will be needing more than a love of chocolate to secure this experimental post.
Interested chocoholics will also need a good university degree, a background in engineering and physics as well as a record of scientific experimentation. Good maths and extensive experience of studying soft solids are also on the tick list for potential candidates. [from The Telegraph: Cambridge University seeks sweettoothed student for chocolate PhD]
And from the Cambridge News: Cambridge University is looking for a sweet-toothed PhD student to work on a project aimed at inventing a heat-resistant chocolate bar.
Travel on a bike is fun and healthy. Traveling with a bike can be exhausting and hazardous to your health (keep in mind the angry looks and comments you endure from those who are unintentionally whacked by you toting your green transportation onto a subway, train, bus, … you get the idea). And trying to get a bike into an electric car for a trip to the mountains is the equivalent of solving the riddle of the Sphinx.
Ta da!!! – this way cool alternative (which may or may not make it to the mass market), but is SO AWESOME!
And check out Lucid’s website for information on their other products and projects. Based in India, their collective creativity is mind-blowing. And their excitement in what they do is obvious – catch their spirit and build it into your own work!
Given all the unsettling events that have taken place around the globe with hacking of credit card data and the like, it seems many people are ditching the ‘plastic’ for their purchasing and (gasp!) using actual currency – at least temporarily…
Here’s a story about another possibility for payment options. Bitcoins are gaining traction in a variety of settings and being tried for all sorts of different applications as an alternative to “filthy lucre”. (Are we taking the high road or the low road, do you think? Whichever, I’ll be in Scotland afore ye’ – maybe I can use bitcoins to buy my very own castle. That would prove me a bampot for sure!)
From Wikipedia: Bitcoin is a software-based payment system…introduced as open-source software in 2009. Payments are recorded in a public ledger using its own unit of account, which is also called bitcoin. Payments work peer-to-peer without a central repository or single administrator, which has led the US Treasury to call bitcoin a decentralized virtual currency. Although its status as a currency is disputed, media reports often refer to bitcoin as a cryptocurrency or digital currency.
Some “bits and bobs” on the bitcoin…
A bitcoin documentary film called The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on 23 April 2014, chronicling bitcoin’s origins to its explosive growth in 2013. http://newsbtc.com/2014/03/17/bitcoin-documentary-film-rise-rise-bitcoin-debut-tribeca-film-festival/
In Fall 2014, undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive $100 in bitcoins “to better understand this emerging technology”. A student had the idea of a Bitcoin Club and raised more than half a million dollars from a high frequency trader. Hern, Alex (30 April 2014). “MIT students to get $100 worth of bitcoin from Wall Street donor”. The Guardian. 1 May 2014.