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    Technology & Choice #44, How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

    January 23rd, 2019 by fergish
    We last talked with Jim McCanney back in March 2018 when he had recently been selected as one of five international finalists in the Water Abundance Xprize. In this episode we follow up to find out what happened. In addition to that we do a good coverage of the technologies he's developed to efficiently extract water from the air and, more importantly, how to power the process with his Wing Generator, his game-changing development in using the wind to generate power for any (and almost all) ... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #43, High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

    January 10th, 2019 by fergish
    John and Robert probe questions regarding the level of technology appropriate to different situations, and we try to isolate some touchstones for selecting the right type, level and amount technology to employ. As fodder we talk a lot about Robert's different situations as simple farmer on the one hand, and as a writer, publisher and internet marketer on the other. We'd really like the input from the listeners on what you think about and how you find the balance. Email at [email protected] Read More
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    Technology & Choice #42, Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

    January 2nd, 2019 by fergish
    Our regular guest/co-host, Robert Worstell, and I talk about the year-long project he just completed to train himself in fiction writing, and documenting the process for others who are interested in writing, especially professionally. We go over what he set out to do, what he did, his statistics, and what he learned. There is so much here that is applicable to learning any subject or technology professionally that it is useful to anyone. Enjoy. See the notes below for some free materi... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #41, Economics - In Search of a Firm Foundation, with Bob Murphy

    December 18th, 2018 by fergish
    Is Economics an ideology or a technology, a science or a religion? Is there some foundational principle of Economics upon which everyone can agree? Why is the subject of Economics so contentious? We explore these and other questions with our guest, Bob Murphy. Bob is a bona fide professional economist with tons of academic credentials and a lot of experience breaking the subject down for "the rest of us." To help anchor the subject we talk quite a bit about his fabulous book, *Choice: Coop... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #40, Ayurveda Technology, with Vaidya Lokesh Rathuri

    December 5th, 2018 by fergish
    Ayurveda is a practice for maintaining and restoring health with origins dating back 10,000 years. It has been practiced consistently since. Might there be something to learn here? Might it offer choices for health and healing which are not available in the modes and institutions which most of us are used to? I recently had the privilege of meeting and interviewing a Vaidya (practitioner/doctor) of Ayurveda, Lokesh Rathuri. He presents the basic understandings on which Ayurveda is built, in a... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #39, Technology and a Parallel Society, with Paul Rosenburg

    November 21st, 2018 by fergish
    Paul Rosenburg is a man of many interests and talents, with a lot of real-world technical experience. A principal author of fiberoptic installations standards and a founder of CryptoHippie (industrial grade internet privacy solutions), he is also the author of Freeman's Perspective, with both free and subscription newsletters. In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground, both technical and philosophical, surrounding the strategy of advancing human progress, not by fighting what doesn't work... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #38, The Mid-Terms Through the Looking Glass

    November 7th, 2018 by fergish
    A rather historical event in the United States gives us an interesting opportunity to examine a bunch important dynamics through the lens (or "Looking Glass") of Technology and Choice as a tool. There may never have been a time, not only in the United States but the rest of the world, when we have been so connected and yet so polarized at the same time. Whether you hold to the old Chinese curse ("May you live in Interesting Times") or not, there is no question that we do live in interesting t... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #37, What is the Semantic Web? with Jonas Smedegaard

    October 24th, 2018 by fergish
    Semantics has to do with meaning. What if we could tie information together on the web by meaning, rather than by webpage? In this conversation we find out a bit about how this is beginning to be achieved, and how it is creating vast new horizons for how the internet will soon be used. #### Links [Solidbox site](https://solidbox.org/) [Prior episode with Jonas](https://technologyandchoice.com/podcasts/2018/06/episode-35-open-source-debian-and-freedombox-with-jonas-smedegaard/) ... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #36, Creator and Created, a Converstation

    September 4th, 2018 by fergish
    [right click here and select "save link as" to download](http://traffic.libsyn.com/technologychoice/TC_36_Creator_and_Created_a_Conversation.mp3) As the creator of something, do you give it life? As a fiction writer, does a story acquire a life of its own? As a software programmer, do you sometimes feel that what you're creating has something to teach you? Is your creation of any sort just something you do and have done, or do you nurture it and query it about what it needs to succeed? I r... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #35, Open Source, Debian and FreedomBox, with Jonas Smedegaard

    August 4th, 2018 by fergish
    [download audio](http://traffic.libsyn.com/technologychoice/TC_35_Open_Source_Debian_and_FreedomBox_with_Jonas_Smedegaard.mp3) Jonas Smedegaard has been part of the central team that maintains the Debian operating system for many years. Debian is a very important part of the open source ecosystem with a core team of about a thousand, with tens of thousands of contributors. Many other projects benefit from the work done by the Debian community. In this conversation, we discuss open source i... Read More
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    Technology and Choice #34, On Writing and Research, with Robert Worstell

    June 4th, 2018 by fergish
    My old friend and sometimes co-host, Robert Worstell, returns and we explore the topic of research, especially from the angle of learning how to write fiction, and writing in general. Over the years Robert has rolled up his sleeves and plunged into many subject areas to establish for himself what the underlying principles are that allow one to master the subject or action, used what he learned to be effective in the field, and then shared what he learned with others. In the process he has pub... Read More
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    Technology and Choice #33, The Meritocracy Chronicle (Log 1, Entry 1)

    April 29th, 2018 by fergish
    The Meritocracy Chronicle will be a regularly recurring segment, dedicated to discussing and documenting the evolution of the game SFEOS and the principles of crowd founding. See links below for more details on both SFEOS and Crowd Founding. The term *meritocracy* can have a variety of connotations and meaning, depending upon users and context. Here it is used only to indicate that the levers of control and influence within a group or activity are best and most justly yielded by those with ... Read More
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    Technology and Choice #32, A Case for EOS, with Chadrick Mahaffey

    April 12th, 2018 by fergish
    As promised in the last episode, Chadrick Mahaffey shares his presentation about EOS, the history behind it, the value proposition and why he is bullish on its mass adoption. This is far from an exhaustive and authoritative treatise. It maybe even leaves one with more questions than answers. But it is a good foothold about the EOS platform as it is developing, and why an enterprise developer such as Chadrick could be excited about the possibilities of what should be enabled by it. If you ... Read More
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    Technology and Choice #31, SFEOS - Game World, Real World, Life, with Chadrick Mahaffey

    March 23rd, 2018 by fergish
    Chadrick Mahaffey and I introduce you to SFEOS, a project that he originated and is shepherding, that I and others are helping along. SFEOS is a lot of things at once: It's a game that is fun, that engages players in adventure and economics and social organization in the game universe. It's a project that is developed, advanced and governed solely by players with real skin in the game, those who contribute value. It's a distributed autonomous organization/community with an economic... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #30, Decentralizing Energy for Real (Plus a BIG Crypto Easter Egg)

    March 5th, 2018 by fergish
    **NOTE: There is an explosive Easter Egg of revelation in the body of this episode regarding cryptography. It is likely you haven't heard about it before, so keep hands on your bonnet.** "Alternative Energy" as we've known it has been a disaster for the most part. Everybody wants to "be green," do it right, be efficient, be really smart, but billions in government subsidies have mainly resulted in no progress except to line a lot of pockets and increase central control. Professor Jim McCan... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #29 The Plumage of Choice

    February 14th, 2018 by fergish
    I start off this episode sharing a bit about why I'm doing this series on festivals in general and the One Love Festival in particular, and why it's important. Part of this is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of abandoning existing systems and technologies prematurely, in an effort to use new social systems and technologies to improve on or fix existing ones. There's a balance to be struck. Food for thought. Then I share a delightful interview with Melanie Davenport and her husband, Nick.... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #28 Christopher Jackson on Making Happenings Happen

    February 7th, 2018 by fergish
    Christopher Jackson has been making unique and special events happen for a long time and understands the components. We talk about what he's done, why he changed from being a promoter and producer of hip Hollywood parties attended by the likes of Hugh Hefner and his entourage, and others, to producing a different kind of experience that allows for people to connect on a whole different and more satisfying level. We also talk about his part in last year's One Love Festival, and how his technic... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #27, Lucien Vattel on the I AM Tech Stack

    January 30th, 2018 by fergish
    "I Am" is a technology stack that is evolving to incorporate high tech, to aide a process of personal and social improvement and connection. Our guest, Lucien Vattel, has years of experience in developing technologies to assist in learning and general education. His company (We Are) is partnering with the One Love Festival (see Technology & Choice #26) to evolve the festival experience while working as a proving/learning ground for evolving the I Am tech in a unique social environment. Th... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #26, Reconnection - Ken Schwenker and the One Love Festival

    January 25th, 2018 by fergish
    Modern technology has enabled us to do so many things that were never possible in history. People move more, farther and faster than ever in history. The internet has allowed us to communicate and form relationships with others from almost anywhere. But the impulse for in-person connection with others, the forming of personal bonds, is strong and too often unfulfilled. Festivals of all sorts are exploding in popularity all around the world. These events take many forms, for many reaso... Read More
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    Technology & Choice #25, Exploring Value and Exchange with Adam B. Levine, or “Proof Of WHAT?”

    January 16th, 2018 by fergish
    It was an absolute pleasure to have a long talk with Adam B. Levine about the concept of Value, its core meaning, how we exchange with each other with Value in mind, and how new tools of cryptocurrencies and cryptographic tokens give us options that have never existed before--and, of course, some speculation on the possibilities! There's a lot here, folks. Enjoy! #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Soundcloud feed for Technology & Choice and S... Read More

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