Such an amazing short film from the European Space Agency (ESA) about human ambition and space exploration. Check it out!
“Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.”
This is just a quick post, but I would like to stress the importance of open source material and defending the ideals of creative commons licensing. In a previous post about open sourcing, I mentioned a software program called Blender, which is a program where you can model and animate in 3D and easily rivals those like Maya and 3DS Max. They created a fully open sourced project and included all of its assets free for public use. That film was called Sintel, a fantasy drama involving a very cute dragon.
With corporatism gaining more of an iron fist on our daily lives, Sony Pictures took it upon themselves to use some of Sintel to advertise their 4K media. That’s fine for them to do that. It’s their prerogative. But they never credited the Blender community for that use and they even reported copyright infringement on the film on YouTube. It’s a new blow to the system and shows all of us that YouTube is using a “shoot first, ask later” policy. Definitely a sickening feeling.
Sintel has been reinstated now. Watch the film here:
So, perhaps the world is starting to pay attention to dire and impending collapse of our civilisation. Recently, a study from NASA was released in which they give us a couple of decades before our civilisation will collapse if we were to continue the trajectory we are currently on.
In the past, civilisations have risen and fallen from the Roman Empire to the Han Dynasty and even the advanced Mesopotamian Empire. It shows us that even the most technologically stable empires are fragile and impermanent.
“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” ~Winston Churchill
Russell Brand has recently caused a bit of a stir when he advocated a global revolution to change the way governments run their countries. He spoke specifically of the system in Britain and how his refusal to vote is an example of how the current form of democracy doesn’t work. Brand explains in a tweet, “Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party. #MillionMaskMarch“. Perhaps voting is futile. Perhaps we need a massive change to the system so that every one of us has our views fully represented. Russell Brand was Read More…
“I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. [We] will publish Hyperloop as open source.” -Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors
Elon Musk is a rising star in the world of entrepreneurship that has the world in awe. He revolutionised the way we use money around the world in internet transactions through PayPal. He led the efforts for space vehicle creation to carry on the space program with SpaceX. He is also the CEO for Tesla Motors, an automobile company that prides itself on fully electric cars that are very sexy and have also implemented car charging stations along the west coast of America. But all of these projects haven’t Read More…
“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Just a quick amendment to the previous post about a Universal Basic Income. This podcast brilliantly lays out the plan:
For more information on the initiatives for a basic income and a 21hr work week, follow the links below: