Open letter regarding Australia's Open Government National Action Plan. Despite open government's best intentions to prioritise collaboration, government bodies consistently duplicate each other's effort. Collaborating as effectively as open communities is much harder than you'd think. A number of us "open technologists" have drafted a paper describing the challenges government faces, along with our vision for how to address these. It is being presented as part of Australia's updated Open Government National Action Plan. For the technical reader If you are a technologist and agree with this vision, please add your technical credibility by signing in source article's comments section or by emailing <cameron . shorter AT g m a i l . c o M> . Diverse support will help sponsors wanting to back its recommendations. Open Letter This letter is presented on behalf of the citizens, technologists and organisations signed below. When addressing the updated Open Government … [Read more...] about What Could Open Government Learn from Us Open Technology folks?
The automotive industry is facing a new era of self-driving cars, the “Uber Effect,” and the decline of oil-dependent vehicles. For much of the 20th century, the car represented the modern frontier: speed, innovation, sex appeal, individuality, and escape. Many countries built highway infrastructures — blazing a path through the countryside in the name of connectedness. But just as Henry Ford (the original automotive disruptor) changed the face of the industry in 1908 by industrializing production of the Model T, we are again at a moment ripe for innovation. The industry as we know it will not survive the 21st century. Some incumbents will adapt to electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and the sharing economy, but others will be swept aside as today’s upstarts lead us into new terrain. EVs will end the internal combustion engine That new car you just bought will most likely be your last to have an internal combustion engine (ICE), as the electric vehicle … [Read more...] about These 3 technologies are about to revolutionize the auto industry
Zimbabwe’s government has announced that it has awarded and signed the contract for the supply of the fingerprint biometric identity solution with American company,Ipsidy. The de-duplication hardware and software solution to be supplied by Ipsidy will include an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (“AFIS”) which will be used in Zimbabwe’s upcoming 2018 general elections. Ipsidy was selected following an international tender to provide de-duplication, adjudication, and voter roll publication services. The contract was awarded and signed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). “We are very pleased to have been selected by the ZEC to provide this critical solution, ahead of all competitors under the tender. This award represents the continued recognition of the efficacy and value of Ipsidy’s identification platform, software, and services in the African election market,” said Thomas Szoke, Chief Technology Officer at Ipsidy. Ipsidy … [Read more...] about Zimbabwe will use fingerprint ID technology for its 2018 general elections
A group of researchers say they may be able to look directly for dark matter in brand new way. By using a new combination of materials in the form of a so-called crystal "scintillator," they should be able to detect dark matter that is smaller than any particles previously detected. This mass range, below the mass of WIMPS, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, has been largely unexplored, and researchers are hopeful that a search at a lower level of mass could produce a breakthrough in finding evidence of the elusive matter that makes up about one-quarter of the universe. There are several different dark matter detector experiments underway, and most of them are cryogenic detectors that operate underground at extremely low temperatures. Theoretically, they would detect the heat produced when a dark matter particle collides with materials in the detector. But so far all experiments have come up empty. Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National … [Read more...] about This New Detector Technology Aims to ‘Scintillate’ Elusive Dark Matter Particles
With the award-winning Ready Player One book about to be released as a Steven Spielberg movie, now seemed like a good time to look at the science behind the O.A.S.I.S. and whether our current technology is even close to replicating the wonders of this story. Let's take a look at individual technologies that comprise Ernie Cline's vision, as well as taking a close up look at the software that powers the O.A.S.I.S. and the many planets and people that live, work and play in its digital universe. See on Amazon Hardware A lot of the hardware that Wade Watts, the protagonist, uses seems to be within the reach of this decade. From Haptic gloves to 360 treadmills, there a lot of start-ups working to bring these technologies to life. The O.A.S.I.S. Computer I grabbed my OASIS console, a flat black rectangle about the size of a paperback book. The OASIS Computer in the book is a seriously powerful piece of hardware. Capable of storing every movie, book, and video game ever made and running … [Read more...] about How close are we to the technology of Ready Player One?