How Virtual Reality Can Save Our Planet

In 12 minutes Carina Mentrup elaborates on how deeply she believes in the power of immersive experiences in education for sustainable development.  Virtual reality has tremendous potential to drive positive impact and change.

Scientists around the world agree that human behaviour has an impact on climate. Yet, global warming is a complex phenomenon to understand. The aim of the project VR Saving Planet A is to help us understand our interconnection and codependence with nature in order to motivate us to make more sustainable choices in our lives.

Immersive experiences are powerful and can create empathy. By virtually travelling the world in 360 and through change of perspective we can learn about the impact of our behaviour. The aim is to bring VR into schools to support education for sustainable development. This talk was given at a TEDx UniGoettingen in Northern Germany using the TED conference format but independently organized by the local community.

(Beitragsbilder von Carina Mentrup)

A Hacker’s Redemption

Decrypted is yet another amazing technology podcast produced by Bloomberg Technology. The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation. It’s also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. One episode per week uncovers what actually happens behind closed doors.

By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the Internet. With the vigilante group Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec, he launched attacks against multibillion-dollar companies and governments around the world. But then he got caught. In theses 2 episodes of Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito and Brad Stone bring you his story in its entirety, in two episodes.

Part 1 recounts Hector’s childhood as he fell in love with the Internet, and gradually descended into the world of cybercrime. Part 2 traces his complicated journey to rebuild his life.

(Picture courtesy of Gabriella Bass)

The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy

Unchained is a podcast about big ideas from the worlds of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Laura Shin recently was in an episode of the amazing Bad Crypto Podcast where I learned about her Unchained Podcast.

I first listened to her episode with Shapeshift’s Erik Voorhees on How Crypto Will Separate Money and State and then went on to get my mind blown by the episode with Vitalik Buterin, creator Of Ethereum, On The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy.

This podcast is indeed  providing premium content about blockchain technology. Vitalik certainly is one of the most if not the most important figure in the blockchain space. But is he really the benevolent dictator of Ethereum like Matt Mullenweg is for WordPress?

I really like his broad, but very practical vision and perspective. Not often can someone with a very deep technical understanding of the underlying technology articulate himself so elaborately and concisely at the same time. And last but not least, I also really like his humor.

In the podcast he speaks about how Ethereum as an ecosystem is becoming more and more decentralized – just as the technology itself, so even if some part becomes „evil“, there’s still a fair chance that the ecosystem as a whole will be able to steer ahead.

About Unchained

Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world.

About Laura Shin

Laura Shin is a Forbes senior editor managing their crypto and blockchain technology coverage (Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, token sales, etc.), co-lead reporter of the Forbes Fintech 50 list, and host of the podcast Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Fast Company, The Week, ZDNet and others. Follow her on Twitter at @laurashin.

(Picture of Vitalik Buterin courtesy of TechCrunch/Flickr)