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Monsanto, Seeds as Data, Data Freedom

Monsanto seeks perpetual ownership of the data created in its seeds. This issue goes to the core of the new era of data wealth, Data Barons, and the idea that data should be permanently enslaved to an “owner” at the cost of billions of other stakeholders in the holistic sense and over the longterm as opposed to the nearterm. 

 

Copyrights have a somewhat longterm ownership period yet they are released to public freedom, although that has even come under challenge recently.  They should be truncated more and instead of a perpetual dominion Monsanto should look at a similar shorter term of ownership such as 5 years of planting, although some want as little as 2 years.  The length of time should be correlated to the growth in technology which would make it more advantageous for a buyer to buy the new seed rather than hold on to the existing seed.

 

The Data Barons fail to realize the arc of history is toward the proliferation of abundant resources for all and the myopic view of ownership only hinders the more joyful higher level functioning of growth need enhanced humans.  If these Data Barons really want to position themselves as an idea for longterm survival, they need to work cooperatively instead of via antiquated highly hostile competitive tactics.  Perhaps a dose of training in higher level functioning would allow them to see the joy of beingness from a growth perspective and would encourage them to be part of the solution more quickly as they will soon be left behind by those who engage in cooperative strategic partnerships across private, public, and individual stakeholders.

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Strikes, Predictive Analytics, and Transitional Tech Skills Training

It’s a rapidly changing time for humanity. Iberia Airlines strike could have partially been averted with transitional tech skills training.

Predictive analytics could and needs to be utilized rapidly to humanely forecast sectors where technology and robosourcing will displace human labor. Dislacement will only be increasing, and further strikes or unrest will ensue as it has in Spain as a result. However, we could use technology itself to help solve the issue in perpetuity not only as a direct tool but also by increasing training in the very tech skills that are generating the displacement. Predictive analytics could forecast where jobs are most vulnerable, identify potential jobs to be lost at particular times and places of employ, identify skill sets needed currently and in the nearterm, calculate time needed for humans to uptake the new skills relative to time needed by various sectors, and determine best profitability in this strategy and where temporary federal assistance may be helpful.

Other factors could include reducing the work week, demanding lower cost of living as a result of efficiency savings brought about by the usage of technology that is displacing costly human labor, educating the public on the need to acquire new skill sets in an increasingly intelligent environment, and guiding the public that they cannot rely on soft customer service jobs, government subsidies, or not utilizing their valuable minds in a more productive way either on the job or in leisure time.

#NYT dismantles #environment desk. They should have partnered with #citizens and #tech co’s to #automate

http://m.guardiannews.com/environment/2013/jan/11/new-york-times-dismantles-environment-desk

Article-fresh alert over effects of #globalwarming. Will we change now finally?

http://m.guardiannews.com/environment/2013/jan/12/us-scientists-effects-global-warming