Sep 01

The rise of data and the death of politics ~ Akei | Society -

"Algorithmic regulation, whatever its immediate benefits, will give us a political regime where technology corporations and government bureaucrats call all the shots. The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, in a pointed critique of cybernetics published, as it happens, roughly at the same time as The Automated State, put it best: "Society cannot give up the burden of having to decide about its own fate by sacrificing this freedom for the sake of the cybernetic regulator.""

Bill making entrepreneurship part of curriculum OK’d ~ Akei | Innovation -

"Apart from the DepEd, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other private institutions would develop entrepreneurship and financial literacy modules for the tertiary and post-secondary education."

What’s worse than getting a Ph.D. in today’s job market? Not finishing one. ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"Eventually, I figured it out: ABD stands for “all but dissertation,” a description of a student who has finished coursework and passed comprehensive exams, but has yet to complete and defend the doctoral thesis. Today, the Ph.D. Completion Project estimates that the ten-year completion rate (that is, someone’s status a decade after they begin) is 55–64 percent in STEM, 56 percent in the social sciences, and 49 percent in the humanities. Not all Ph.D. dropouts advance to the dissertation stage before they leave—but since the project’s charts start leveling out around Year 8 (the dissertation begins in Year 3 or 4), it’s safe to assume a hell of a lot do."

Aug 31

Emerging markets: Twilight of the BRICS ~ Akei | Global Studies -

"Once upon a time, not long ago, the acronym “BRICS” suggested the biggest transformation in the way the world works and its governance structure since the Industrial Revolution. The term stands for “Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,” and it captured the inevitability of economic dominance by large, rapidly growing emerging countries, and the decline of a mature and, more recently, beleaguered Western world. "

Being a Better Online Reader ~ Akei | Information -

"Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book. Reading “involves factors not usually acknowledged,” she told me. “The ergonomics, the haptics of the device itself. The tangibility of paper versus the intangibility of something digital.” The contrast of pixels, the layout of the words, the concept of scrolling versus turning a page, the physicality of a book versus the ephemerality of a screen, the ability to hyperlink and move from source to source within seconds online—all these variables translate into a different reading experience. "

Technology and fashion—Storming the maisons ~ Akei | Dress -

"The obstreperous story line was the dominant one. But there was an audible counter-narrative, which questioned whether luxury could really be disrupted in the same way as media and whether that would be a good thing. For one thing, the craftsmanship that underlies much of luxury relies on centuries-old, labour intensive techniques. If you apply too much technology, you lose what makes the product luxurious. Cutting-edge Hannah Martin makes its pieces by hand and collaborates with London’s Goldsmiths’ Company, which got its royal charter in 1327."

Aug 30

Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event ~ Akei | Environment

It’s Time for Legalized Prostitution ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -

"There’s no way to end demand for sex work. So why are Sweden and Canada trying?"

Uruguay’s Legal Pot Proposition Could Go Up in Smoke ~ Akei | Drug Policy

Aug 29

Microbe's Innovation May Have Started Largest Extinction Event on Earth ~ Akei | Innovation -

"With this genetic innovation, these methane-producers, or methanogens, ran rampant across the ocean, overturning the carbon cycle. The resulting changes in ocean chemistry would have driven many species to extinction."

Location, Location, Location. Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be. ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"One tactic for those colleges is to join with institutions in urban areas to encourage student exchanges, giving both sides a greater appreciation for all corners of the country. Another is to form partnerships with employers in urban areas and then build more-flexible academic schedules that allow students to spend less time on the campus while they gain work or research experience elsewhere. In other words, those colleges need to create opportunities that closely replicate what a student at the University of Southern California can already do: Take a class in the morning and intern at Sony or Time Warner in the afternoon."

Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves ~ Akei | Global Studies -

"For the Israeli government, Hamas continues to be the main obstacle to the finalisation of the gas deal. In the incumbent defence minister’s words: "Israel’s experience during the Oslo years indicates Palestinian gas profits would likely end up funding terrorism against Israel. The threat is not limited to Hamas… It is impossible to prevent at least some of the gas proceeds from reaching Palestinian terror groups.""

Aug 28

Malnutrition still prevalent among poor Pinoy kids –survey ~ Akei | Food -

"FNRI, in its 8th National Nutrition Survey released Thursday, noted that while there was a slight decrease in the number of underweight children and those affected by stunting (low height-for-age) for 2013, numbers for other forms like wasting (low weight-for-height) and overweight went up."

El Nido study to unlock value of ecotourism ~ Akei | Environment -

"The study, "Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services" (CCRES), launched on Tuesday, July 7, will be undertaken by a joint team composed of scientists from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) and the Global Change Institute based in the University of Queensland in Australia."

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding ~ Akei | Drug Policy -

"In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis. It was a bold move, but it also required quick, bold, and unprecedented action on the part of the state government to implement the policy. Colorado needed to set up a legal, regulatory, and tax system so that product would be available in dispensaries by January 1, 2014. As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy."