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Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.

…We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.

Amazing.

Two of Peace Corps' twitter accounts

Two of Peace Corps’ twitter accounts

I was just looking at these two twitter handles from Peace Corps. I noticed that the logos aren’t identical, and that the primary Peace Corps account has a sheen on it that isn’t present on the Third Goal account.

Well that’s a missed opportunity, as the audience for the Third Goal account is primarily Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Looked at side-by-side, it appears that the sheen on the primary account has been lightly dusted – as if it’s been through the Peace Corps experience out in the field…

I vote these two twitter avatars switch places – for continuity’s sake. :-)

 

  1. Largest vocabulary in hip hop – every design site should break it down like this.
  2. Resume from Markdown – I guess lining up tab marks in Word is so 2003?
  3. Running 23M queries on World Bank data – digging through sub-par APIs for real data.
  4. Google making Internet satellites – Looks like Loom just got a boost.
  5. PirateBox – DIY anonymous offline file-sharing

The book starts with:

Anything can be measured. If a thing can be observed in any way at all, it lends itself to some type of measurement method. No matter how “fuzzy” the measurement is, it’s still a measurement if it tells you more than you knew before. And those very things most likely to be seen as immeasurable are, virtually always, solved by relatively simple measurement methods.

Awesome. – via How to Measure Anything – Less Wrong.

  1. Jerry-can server – incredible, I need to dig into this. the PDF.
  2. Oath of office taken on an e-reader – threshold crossed
  3. Mapbox GL – ooooooh. Pretty. No but seriously, this is a great indication as it demonstrations the evolution of Mapbox to a mature and well-designed outcropping of mapping solutions on the Internet.
  4. What’s My Line – Sargent Shriver (video) – an oldy but a goodie. Watch Sargent Shriver on the classic show, “What’s My Line?”

 

Awesome idea.

Hear I pitched a novel idea – the setting up of a Peace Tech Corps, on the lines of the hugely influential and valuable Peace Corps. In addition to the focus on ICTs for peace-building, I submitted that the enterprise could be a South-South exchange, focusing on innovation, knowledge resources and experience of those who lived in, came from and fight against violence, to help others in similar circumstances. In a nod to the compelling iHub concept, I also called for the establishment of tech incubators for peacebuilding.

via The future of technology in peacebuilding: Presentation at MIT Media Lab | ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace).

  1. Largest vocabulary in hip hop – every design site should break it down like this.
  2. Resume from Markdown – I guess lining up tab marks in Word is so 2003?
  3. Running 23M queries on World Bank data – digging through sub-par APIs for real data.
  4. Google making Internet satellites – Looks like Loom just got a boost.
  5. PirateBox – anonymous offline file-sharing. Sweet.

 

I’ve spent some time over the weekend updating the website. I’ve entirely consolidated the blog(s, unfortunately) all into this domain (it used to be developmenthack.com and gabrielkrieshok/blog…more on developmenthack in time…).

While I am proud of the many hours I spent creating my custom blog and portfolio page, it was time to move to something a little more nimble and minimal. Thus I’m now all in for WordPress, using an awesome root theme from Anders Norén that I’ve tweaked to my own liking.

Let me know what you think @gabrielkrieshok .

  1. Star Trek was the last positive vision of the future – I have often said that Peace Corps is the precursor for Starfleet.
  2. Poverty isn’t just money; it’s nutrition and mortality too – have we shed the shackles of GDP as be-all/end-all?
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