Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

pwn_logo.gifDaniel Lubetzky of Peaceworks joined our session at the GLT summit, "Rebuilding Modern Politics: Can the System Fix Itself?" and talked about his project. Peaceworks is an amazing group working on empowering people and the "moderate" voices in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. They use Internet, newspapers, telephones and a variety of technologies to get the voice of the people, which is much more moderate than the extremists who currently control poltics. I think the strategy of Peaceworks of using technology to short circuit the legistlature which is so heavily influenced by extremists is a great idea that may even be relevant in the US. You you can't change politics directly, go around them. After you get the "moderate voice" aired, it becomes easier to for the moderate politicians to take a moderate stance. A stance that they can't take when the voices of the exteremists are the only ones that are heard.

Take a look at the overview. There is a good flash presentation as well.

I spent the day at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD)As always, the tour was amazing. I hadn't been to ECD for maybe 4 years or so... Since I left the board. A lot of things we were talking about, as usual, were now being built. Since I left, ECD has started a joint venture with Texaco (now Chevron) to commercialize the hydrogen storage systems, ECD has started working with GE to make the first roll to roll low-cost RW optical disks that don't require the high-cost low-speed injection molding process, ECD has moved forward in the joint venture with Intel to make a low cost alternative to Flash called the Ovonic Universal Memory (OUM), continues to build photovoltaic plants that produce better amorphous solar cells faster and in more volume and continues to develop the NiMH batteries which now have the same energy densities as Lithium Ion without the risks...

What do all of these things have in common? When Stan Ovshinsky founded the company in 1960, he set out to solve the world's problems by creating technologies that solved the energy problems with renewable energy. End the dependence on fossil fuels and take carbon out of the energy process. People are finally talking about the "hydrogen economy" today. I saw a photo of Stan in 1960 with a picture on the board of photons from the Sun splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen and the hydrogen being the storage method to transport the energy. The energy was converted later into electrons. Photons->Hydrogen->Electrons... The basic elements of the universe. In the photo, he has a canister of hydrogen and is demonstrating how this will work!

Finally people are talking about the relationship of information and energy. Stan was talking about this in 1960 and in 1981, he minted these commemorative coins with information on one side and energy on the other.

By pioneering the field of amorphous and disordered materials and thin films, Stan was able to pioneer the field of NiMH batteries, the first TFT displays, fuel cells, the first EEPROM (Intel was the foundry for the project back in 1970 when he build the first devices), amorphous photovoltaics, optical disks, and many more technologies in both energy and information using the basic principles of creating new materials to convert and energy, information just being a form of energy...

Anyway, I saw some stuff I can't talk about that shows me that ECD continues to push the envelope. As it enters it's fifth decade and with Stan turning 80 this year ECD continues to gain more momentum.

When I visit ECD I always feel like I've been abducted by aliens who show me the future... The thing is, Stan had already envisioned this in the 1960...

I just posted the following in Doc Searls Weblog.

I was talking to Veer of Blogstreet the other day in the context of blog rolls. I think it is about developing networks of trust. If disclaimers and disclosures help your readers trust you. Great. Do it. It is all part of building trust. If people understand what type of person you are and what your ehtics are through reading your blog, I think there is great value. If someone is doing it for fun and is VERY personal, I think that disclosures are less important. If you write in a very objective style, you may need to disclose more to earn the kind of trust you are looking for. I don't formally disclose much in my blog about my conflicts, but I write about almost everything I do in sort of a diary form and even blog about the conflicts I have as part of my content. (Joi's Co-option Ceremony)

I think that the way blogs create and manage trust between bloggers and between bloggers are readers is more dynamic than the way formal journalism does it. I think you just need to find a style that adds the most value to yourself and the people you talk to and stick to it. I need to think about this more, but "trust" is a very key word. Blogs enable the creation and management of trust outside of centralized brands and authority...

It is part of an interesting discussion going on right now about Blogging Ethics.

Dan Gillmor
Posted on Tue, Oct. 15, 2002
Blogging Ethics Discussion
Posted by Dan Gillmor

Via Dave Winer: Doc Searls has posted a Blogo Culpa, responding to Mitch Ratcliffe's essay. Important stuff.

UPDATE: Nick Denton, whose Gizmodo site's disclosure started off the discussion, weighs in further, and Mitch Ratcliffe has this new posting.

found this on boing boing


Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Wallace and Gromit film premières

Oscar-winning animated duo Wallace and Gromit have returned after a six-year absence in a series of short films - and BBC News Online has exclusive footage.

Maker Aardman Animations has produced 10 one-minute movies featuring Wallace and his canny pet dog Gromit, entitled Cracking Contraptions.

The films launched on Tuesday with the world exclusive première of the first short, Soccamatic, on BBC News Online. The film is downloadable and free to view.

I love Wallace and Gromit. This is really cool. Governor Tanaka of Nagano is probably really excited to. He loves Wallace and Gromit. He has two cell phones. One of them has a Gromit cover. It is a stuff animal typed cover for the phone which looks like Gromit's head. You open the mouth and talk. I love it. The other one is the lamb that is in one of the Wallace and Grommit movies. I always love it when Tanaka-san's assistant comes running across the room with Gromit with a urgent call and Tanaka-san is talking very seriously into Gromit's mouth. Tanaka-san also has a Gromit diary.

We also have Gromit and lamb dolls...

I went to see Tim Collins. I hadn't seen him since I sat next to him at the Trilateral Commission meeting. He was in his hotel room drinking Diet Coke (I am a Diet Coke addict.) and smoking his cigar. A well known Japanese guest was leaving as I came in. Tim is really amazing. He knows everyone. More interesting is that he knows everyone in Japan. He is able to meet with, communicate with and convince so many important people in Japan without losing any of his matter-of-fact, cigar-smoking American style. The boards he puts together read like a who's who politically and commercially. Maybe it is because he has bet on Japan and is one of the few foreign investors whose interests are very much aligned now with the Japanese people. His firm, Ripplewood is famous for the buy-out of the Long Term Credit Bank of Japan (now called Shinsei Bank), the hardware and music divisions of Nippon Columbia and Sea Gaia. They are all doing much better than people expected.

Unless the Japanese economy recovers and consumers start to spend the market for the companies he has invested will not be very exciting. Tim is much more knowledgeable about many aspects of the Japanese government than I am and has very practical thoughts on reform. We talked about the various probable scenarios and our wishful-thinking scenarios and they were virtually the same. Again, he impressed me with his thoughtfulness.

As I struggle with trying to keep myself from being co-opted, I think Tim struggles to make sure the Japanese believe he is on their side. We struggle from somewhat different positions, but end up at many of the same conclusions. (And at some of the same parties.)

Terrie writes about Ripplewood this month in Terrie's Take.