In the USA, Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video this week of their latest Atlas robot. Atlas is 175 centimetres tall and weighs 81 kilograms. In the video, he takes a walk in the woods over uneven and snowy ground. He picks up boxes. He gets to his feet after being knocked over. He follows a box being dragged in front of him. These simple things alone represent a considerable advancement in robotics technology. How long before your local shelf stacker at the supermarket looks something like a friendly Terminator? The wave of technological innovation keeps getting bigger and bigger. […]
It doesn’t matter where your local community is located in the world – Mikode.net will connect you to it and enable you to communicate with its members. All local community sites are listed in the Mikode network via their respective post/zip area codes. If you join the Mikode.net membership and your community site is not listed, just contact support and request a site be built for your community. Mikode will build, host and maintain a site for your local community within 72 hours – these services are all free for members. As A member, the first step to connecting with […]
Understanding Neighbourhood Planning In Your Local Community Want to have a say over where new homes, shops and offices are built or what new buildings should look like? Maybe you want to protect and enhance your local high street, choose where new industries should be located, or protect your local green spaces for generations to enjoy in years to come? Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local community benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for […]
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2016!
What a lot of people fail to realize today is that the well being of local businesses affects everyone economically. The main reason why people shop in chain stores within their own localities, rather than at the local business outlets is twofold. 1] People mistakenly think that the chain store in their locality is a local business. 2] Local businesses can’t compete with the monopolistic advertising of the super stores. Above is today’s Woolworth’s online catalogue – For area 4221. When I see this type of advertisement I ask: ½ prices, compared to what norm? Is this ½ the […]
Consider the processes that individuals follow when moving from a non-member to an actively participating member in your online community. Visitors who have found your community, either by word of mouth or via a search engine will investigate whether this is a suitable community for them to join in. They will base their decision on several factors. Do they feel that other members in the community can be trusted? Mikode facilitates the use of member’s profiles – use them to engender trust. Do they feel that they can benefit from the information and help from the members within this community? […]
Ten Years ago I published the following article. I am publishing it again, here today, as I believe it is just as pertinent in 2015 as it was in 2005. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot […]
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