Friday, May 13, 2005

Becta :: Open Source Software in Schools

Finally, The official report:

This report indicates that open source software can provide a cost-effective and efficient solution in schools if effectively deployed. Becta believes that software used in schools should be of a high quality and adhere to open standards, enabling compatibility and interoperability between products. Becta will now be undertaking more extensive research across a wider range of institutions to allow further analysis of these issues".

Garnet Hertz: Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

"Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine" is a
cockroach-controlled mobile robot system. The system uses a living
Madagascan hissing cockroach atop a modified trackball to control the
three-wheeled robot. Infrared sensors also provide navigation feedback
to create a semi-intelligent system, with the cockroach as the CPU."

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Extreme Democracy

"Extreme democracy" is a political philosophy of the information era
that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests
a deliberative process that places total confidence in the people,
opening the policy-making process to many centers of power through
deeply networked coalitions that can be organized around local, national
and international issues. The choice of the word "extreme" reflects the
lessons of the extreme programming movement in technology that has
allowed small teams to make rapid progress on complex projects through
concentrated projects that yield results far greater than previous
labor-intensive programming practices. Extreme democracy emphasizes the
importance of tools designed to break down barriers to collaboration and
access to power, acknowledging that political realities can be altered
by building on rapidly advancing generations of technology and that
human organizations are transformed by new political expectations and
practices made possible by technology.