MIT – Trillion Frames Per Second Camera

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Femto-Photography has created a camera that can capture video with a trillion frames per second. In only one frame of their video light traveled only .6mm. The creation of the camera is to get a better understanding of how light propagates through a scene, which ultimately strengthens the understanding of how light affects an image frame by frame. This technology also allow us to better understand things we wouldn’t normally see in a standard video frame rate.

Negroponte – HDTV: What’s wrong with this picture?

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The first two lines read, “High Definition television is clearly irrelevant. When you look at television, ask yourself: What’s wrong with it? Picture resolution? Of course not. What’s wrong is the programming.”

He makes a great point. We’re all so stuck on resolution and picture quality that sometimes we entirely forget that what we really need is access to video on multiple platforms in multiple formats. This article was published in 1993 and expresses how Negroponte felt about the future of television. He was actually very spot on with his predictions. We now have access to news 24/7 online, along with things like Netlix, Hulu, and HBONow. All of these platforms have made it so we can access what we want when we want. As we move more and more into a completely digital realm the possibilities could be endless.

What is Creative Commons?

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“Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools”, according to creativecommons.org.

Creative Commons offers a standardized way to license copyrights. Making it easier to understand how you can use copyrighted material as well as be in full control of your own copyrights.

Creativecommons.org goes on to say, “CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.”

I think this is a great effort to strengthen the idea of copyrights as well as working with current laws to do so. In my mind it turns that gray area a little more black and white. I believe, many problems can be solved with this.

http://creativecommons.org/about (video)

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2797468?hl=en

What is open source?

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According to opensource.org, “Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition.”

With that being said, I firmly agree with the previous post. I’m not really sure if or how much this affects me to date. To my knowledge, I don’t think it has affected me, but I do understand why people are so for and so against it.

I mean, if you were the one that created something that would take hours and hours for someone else to figure out, I would understand why you would want to keep the rights private. But, at the same time it makes perfect sense to put out a piece of software hoping someone might use it, recode it and make it even better.

So, for me I’m still on the fence with how my opinion sways. Who knows, maybe it will affect me soon and I’ll need a stronger opinion, but for now I’m just happy to know why it’s up for topic and why both sides feel as strongly as they do.

http://opensource.org/definition
http://opensource.com/business/13/10/seven-reasons-closed-better-than-open-source

What is Net Neutrality?

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According to savetheinternet.com, “Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet.”

What that means is, the Internet should be an open platform for things like freedom of speech and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) shouldn’t be able to block or discriminate content or applications. The internet should be an open network where we can all access and post what ever we feel.

Savetheinternet.com, goes on to say “Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t be concerned with the content you view or post online.”

ISPs should really only be worried about providing a service (the Internet) and maintaining that service, not discriminating against what customers are accessing or posting.

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