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Digital Currency in the Future

Feds are watching as this photo reflects the key issues before all of us as we see the future of change to come in how we handle spending and paying for obligations and digital reflections. Image Source: MSN.COM

Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency

12/09/2011 / SOURCE: 4 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 160


“Bitcoin is a digital, decentralized, partially anonymous currency, not backed by any government or other legal entity, and not redeemable for gold or other commodity. It relies on peer-to-peer networking and cryptography to maintain its integrity. Compared to most currencies or online payment services, such as PayPal, bitcoins are highly liquid, have low transaction costs, and can be used to make micropayments. This new currency could also hold the key to allowing organizations such as Wikileaks, hated by governments, to receive donations and conduct business anonymously. Although the Bitcoin economy is flourishing, Bitcoin users are anxious about Bitcoin’s legal status. This Article examines a few relevant legal issues, such as the recent conviction of the Liberty Dollar creator, the Stamp Payments Act, and the Federal Securities Acts.” Source: HASTINGS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL

IRS ANNOUNCES TODAY: The federal government will tax digital money such as Bitcoin like property, not currency, the IRS said Tuesday in its first significant guidance on the virtual coin. Source: USATODAY.COM

“It’s illegal to make your own money in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the feds will shut down the digital currency bitcoin anytime soon, financial services lawyer Dan Friedberg tells us. That’s because the feds don’t consider bitcoin — a virtual currency that’s being used around the globe — to be “tender,” or official bills or coins that look like they’ve been issued by the U.S. government. Instead, it’s considered “virtual currency.”

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Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency

12/09/2011 / SOURCE:
4 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 160

What is Crowdsourcing? According to Wikipedia (which, by the way, is a crowdsourcing method), it is:

“Crowdsourcing is a type of participative online activity in which a company or organization proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity, and number, via an open call, to voluntarily undertake a task.”

Source: infosurv.com

Air Traffic Visual of a Very Busy Flight Path

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“In fact, thousands of aspiring good Samaritans are volunteering their time to scour part of the plane’s search zone using detailed satellite images posted online by DigitalGlobe, a Colorado firm that owns one of the world’s most advanced commercial satellite networks. So many volunteers have joined the effort that the firm’s website — with its pinpoint pictures of everything floating in the ocean — has crashed. It is a busy week for “crowdsourcing,” the Internet phenomenon where information is gathered from John and Jane Q. Public — people like you — and from your social media postings.” Source: fox4kc.com

Future Predictions Trends for 2014 by Eric Schmidt

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — In a rare interview, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt gives Bloomberg his outlook for 2014 trends. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Inventions of the Future

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INVENTIONS OF THE FUTURE (Documentary) Technology/Science

INVENTIONS OF THE FUTURE (Documentary) Technology/Science

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. History shows that turning the concept of an invention into a working device is not always swift or direct. Inventions may also become more useful after time passes and other changes occur.

An invention can serve many purposes. These purposes might differ significantly and may change over time. An invention, or a further-developed version of it, may serve purposes never envisioned by its original inventor(s) or by others living at the time of its original invention. As an example, consider all the kinds of plastic developed, their many uses, and the significant growth this material invention is still undergoing.

Paradigm Shift Opens the Door to a Sustainable Society

A shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind.

The LUNA RING, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies.

Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as our lives.

Shimizu Corporation proposes The LUNA RING for the infinite coexistence of mankind and the Earth.

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Shimizu’s Unchanging Approach: Striving to Build Ever Better Projects

Shimizu’s more than 200-year history began in 1804, when founder Kisuke Shimizu launched a carpentry business in the Kanda Kajicho district in Edo (now Tokyo). During its early years, Shimizu appointed Eiichi Shibusawa, a renowned industrialist of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), as senior advisor and based its management style on his “Rongo to Soroban” (“The Analects and the Abacus”). This work set forth the concept of how businesses can contribute to society based on a firm union between ethics and economics, thereby achieving fair returns and attractive growth.

Construction technologies and methods have advanced rapidly since that time. Still, the approach of striving to ensure growth based on quality products that satisfy customers remains the unchanging foundation for all Shimizu activities.

Today, society is in the midst of dramatic, fast-paced change.
Customer needs for buildings and other structures continue to change and diversify. These needs include responses to global environmental issues, measures against earthquakes and other natural disasters, and contributions to customer business activities.
Shimizu seeks to increase customer satisfaction and contribute to society by providing value that surpasses all expectations.

Each structure Shimizu builds incorporates ideas that are drawn from a wide range of parties while centering on the needs of our customers.
Shimizu identifies these ideas and applies them in a way that breathes new life into its structures.

By applying such passion to each and every project, Shimizu is ensuring that generations to come can be proud of the work we do today.

Yoichi Miyamoto, President
Shimizu Corporation

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Levels of methane reached record highs in 2012 of 1,819 parts per billion

Published on Sep 28, 2013

“Last Hours” is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subsequent film will highlight fact-based challenges facing the human race, and offer solutions to ameliorate these crises. The initial short film series will culminate in a feature film to be presented prior to COP21, the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

An asset for the climate change movement, “Last Hours” will be disseminated globally to awaken modern culture worldwide about the various dangers associated with climate change.

“Last Hours” describes a science-based climate scenario where a tipping point to runaway climate change is triggered by massive releases of frozen methane. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has already started to percolate into the open seas and atmosphere from methane hydrate deposits beneath melting arctic ice, from the warming northern-hemisphere tundra, and from worldwide continental-shelf undersea methane clathrate pools.

Burning fossil fuels release carbon that, principally through greenhouse effect, heat the atmosphere and the seas. This is happening most rapidly at the polar extremes, and this heating has already begun the process of releasing methane. If we do not begin to significantly curtail the use of carbon-based fossil fuels, this freed methane threatens to radically accelerate the speed of global warming, potentially producing a disaster beyond the ability of the human species to adapt.

This first video is designed to awaken people to the fact that the earth has experienced five major extinctions in the deep geologic past — times when more than half of all life on earth vanished — and that we are now entering a sixth extinction. Industrial civilization with its production of greenhouse gases has the ability to trigger a mass extinction; in the extreme, it could threaten not just human civilization, but the very existence of human life on this planet.

The world community and global citizens urgently need to chart a path forward that greatly reduces green house gas emissions. To take action and follow the pathway to solutions to the climate crisis, you can explore this website and you can also sign-up for future updates. Thank you.

“Last Hours” is presented and narrated by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners. Executive Producers are George DiCaprio and Earl Katz. Last Hours is produced by Mathew Schmid of Tree Media Foundation, and was written by Thom Hartmann, Sam Sacks, and Leila Conners. Music is composed and performed by Francesco Lupica.