Per un pugno di bitcoin
Author: Masimo Amato, Luca Fantacci
Publisher: EGEA spa
Molti parlano di bitcoin, ma pochi li usano. Sono davvero l’inizio di una nuova economia o solo l’ultimo oggetto di una bolla speculativa? Grazie a una tecnologia all’avanguardia, i bitcoin possono essere creati, trasferiti e accumulati senza l’intermediazione del sistema bancario. Tuttavia solo una minima parte è utilizzata per il pagamento di beni e servizi nell’economia reale. La maggioranza è detenuta come strumento di speculazione, se non addirittura utilizzata per finanziare attività illegali. La grande volatilità del loro valore è un accidente temporaneo destinato ad attenuarsi o un carattere intrinseco che rivela un difetto di costruzione? Quali sono i rischi e le opportunità connessi alla loro diffusione?
Il volume traccia un percorso sulle tecnologie per le imprese italiane che vogliono far parte attiva della “rivoluzione digitale”. Il capitolo I, riguarda l’impresa produttrice: cloud computing, stampa 3D e 4D, Internet delle cose, guida senza pilota, Impresa 4.0, comprese le misure di incentivazione. Il capitolo II, interfaccia l’innovazione con la tutela: accanto al Patent Box ed ai “rimedi” alla contraffazione on line, si colloca, per es., la tracciabilità dei prodotti con codici QR. Il capitolo III, sposta l’attenzione sulle tendenze per la riqualificazione innovativa della distribuzione commerciale: tagging, sistemi predittivi, mobile e social commerce. Il capitolo IV, tratta il tema della logistica. La consegna dei prodotti alimentari appare l’”ultimo miglio” del commercio elettronico, per cui si descrivono come funzionano (e costano) i modelli di consegna utilizzati in Italia dai principali operatori (Esselunga, Amazon, etc.). Infine, il capitolo V, concerne i pagamenti su Internet: dalle carte di credito on line e virtuali, alle monete elettroniche (compreso il Bitcoin), ai pagamenti con smartphone e tablet e tecnologie Rfid e NFC, fino al riconoscimento biometrico con i selfie.
Bitcoin For Dummies
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
"Learn to understand the ins and outs of the Bitcoin market, set up your Bitcoin wallet and get started, [and] protect yourself against fraud and theft"--Cover.
This new book by two leading economists is a far-reaching analysis of the role and organization of the financial system in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The authors argue that the financial markets, as currently organized, hinder genuine market transactions and therefore harm the economy, along with any chance of sustained recovery. Despite the crisis, the power of the financial markets has continued to grow. Far from being subjected to major restructuring or regulation, they continue to rule largely unchecked - laying down economic policies, deposing governments, disrupting social contracts and reshaping international alliances. The time has come to think through more radical proposals for reform - to save other markets from the overwhelming power of the one market that has come to dominate them all, the financial market. Through a detailed examination of specific measures - from policies aimed at reigning in financial markets to the idea of local currencies that could be used to foster economic development within localities and regions - the authors develop a set of proposals that would help to revitalize markets, free them from the domineering power of finance and re-establish the relationship between creditor and debtor that was severed by the rise of the modern financial system. Building on their very successful work The End of Finance, this new and timely book will appeal to students of economics, politics and sociology as well as to general readers interested in one of the key issues of our time.
The End of Finance
Author: Massimo Amato, Luca Fantacci
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This new book by two distinguished Italian economists is a highly original contribution to our understanding of the origins and aftermath of the financial crisis. The authors show that the recent financial crisis cannot be understood simply as a malfunctioning in the subprime mortgage market: rather, it is rooted in a much more fundamental transformation, taking place over an extended time period, in the very nature of finance. The ‘end’ or purpose of finance is to be found in the social institutions by which the making and acceptance of promises of payment are made possible - that is, the creation and cancellation of debt contracts within a specified time frame. Amato and Fantacci argue that developments in the modern financial system by which debts are securitized has endangered this fundamental credit/debt structure. The illusion has been created that debts are universally liquid in the sense that they need not be redeemed but can be continually sold on in increasingly extensive global markets. What appears to have reduced the riskiness of default for individual agents has in fact increased the fragility of the system as a whole. The authors trace the origins of this profound transformation backwards in time, not just to the neoliberal reforms of the 1980s and 90s but to the birth of capitalist finance in the mercantile networks of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This long historical perspective and deep analysis of the nature of finance enables the authors to tackle the challenges we face today in a fresh way - not simply by tinkering with existing mechanisms, but rather by asking the more profound question of how institutions might be devised in which finance could fulfil its essential functions.
The Social Life of Money
Author: Nigel Dodd
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Questions about the nature of money have gained a new urgency in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Even as many people have less of it, there are more forms and systems of money, from local currencies and social lending to mobile money and Bitcoin. Yet our understanding of what money is—and what it might be—hasn't kept pace. In The Social Life of Money, Nigel Dodd, one of today’s leading sociologists of money, reformulates the theory of the subject for a postcrisis world in which new kinds of money are proliferating. What counts as legitimate action by central banks that issue currency and set policy? What underpins the right of nongovernmental actors to create new currencies? And how might new forms of money surpass or subvert government-sanctioned currencies? To answer such questions, The Social Life of Money takes a fresh and wide-ranging look at modern theories of money. One of the book’s central concerns is how money can be wrested from the domination and mismanagement of banks and governments and restored to its fundamental position as the "claim upon society" described by Georg Simmel. But rather than advancing yet another critique of the state-based monetary system, The Social Life of Money draws out the utopian aspects of money and the ways in which its transformation could in turn transform society, politics, and economics. The book also identifies the contributions of thinkers who have not previously been thought of as monetary theorists—including Nietzsche, Benjamin, Bataille, Deleuze and Guattari, Baudrillard, Derrida, and Hardt and Negri. The result provides new ways of thinking about money that seek not only to understand it but to change it. Complete with a new preface that discusses recent developments in the evolution of money, the book draws out the ways in which its transformation could in turn radically alter society, politics, and economics.
Author: Ken Auletta
Critically examines the influence of Google, profiling company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin while offering insight into their lucrative business processes and assessing the internal and external threats that may inhibit the company's prospects.
CT Scan in Abdominal Emergency Surgery
Author: Fausto Catena, Salomone Di Saverio, Luca Ansaloni, Federico Coccolini, Massimo Sartelli
This book focuses on the diagnostic impact of CT scans in severe abdominal trauma and in non-traumatic acute abdomen, the two clinical entities that constitute the main reasons for referrals for this imaging technique from the intensive care unit. The concept behind it is that emergency surgeons and physicians not only need the clinical knowledge to manage the different pathological conditions, but that they must also have a full understanding of diagnostic imaging modalities. To this end, each chapter includes a description of a specific acute abdominal disorder. In addition to the clinical presentation and the diagnosis and management guidelines, there is a special focus on imaging studies with clear and concise descriptions, high-quality images and the evolution grading scale to aid interpretation. This easy-to-read book is an ideal source of practical information for acute care surgeons, radiologists and for all the members of the emergency team.
The Sims 2 University
Author: Greg Kramer
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Full-color pages detailing how to: ·Crash parties, get initiated into a secret society, hack your grades, and graduate with honors ·Keep your Sims' grades on track in all 11 majors ·Secure your final degree and open up four new career paths ·Details on the all-new young adult age, influence, and lifetime wants ·Charts and tables covering objects and socials ·Tours of all colleges and their student bodies ·Covers the original Sims 2 plus the expansion!
Crazy Is a Compliment
Author: Linda Rottenberg
"If people aren't calling you crazy, you aren't thinking big enough." These days taking chances isn’t just for college dropouts in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit, or a mom-and-pop, everybody needs to think and act like an entrepreneur. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring—and maybe even a little crazy—or risk being left behind. But how do you take smart risks without risking it all? That’s Linda Rottenberg’s expertise. As the cofounder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading organization dedicated to supporting fast-growing entrepreneurs, she’s spent the last two decades helping innovators think bold and execute smart. Now Rottenberg draws on her unrivaled experience to show you the proven techniques to achieve your dreams: from overcoming fear to facing down critics, from stalking supporters to exploiting chaos. Crazy Is a Compliment combines inspiring stories, original research, and practical advice to create a road map for getting started and going bigger. Rottenberg brings to life iconic entrepreneurs like Walt Disney and Estée Lauder and reveals how companies like MTV, GE, and Burberry found their best successes by breaking the corporate mold and embracing the entrepreneur mind-set. She also introduces us to some of the one thousand entrepreneurs she’s advised, like Leila Velez, who started a hair-care company in her kitchen sink in Rio that now earns $80 million a year. As Linda writes: Every day I meet people with a dream. Maybe you’re serving coffee and fantasizing about launching a microbrewery; maybe you’ve skipped college and yearn to start your own design firm; maybe you’re sitting in your cubicle and brainstorming a new idea that can improve your company. You have a dream, but you don’t know how to turn your dream into reality. Or you’ve already launched your dream but you’re unsure how to take it to the next level. This book can show you the way.
Social Media Abyss
Author: Geert Lovink
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Social Media Abyss plunges into the paradoxical condition of the new digital normal versus a lived state of emergency. There is a heightened, post-Snowden awareness; we know we are under surveillance but we click, share, rank and remix with a perverse indifference to technologies of capture and cultures of fear. Despite the incursion into privacy by companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, social media use continues to be a daily habit with shrinking gadgets now an integral part of our busy lives. We are thrown between addiction anxiety and subliminal, obsessive use. Where does art, culture and criticism venture when the digital vanishes into the background? Geert Lovink strides into the frenzied social media debate with Social Media Abyss - the fifth volume of his ongoing investigation into critical internet culture. He examines the symbiotic yet problematic relation between networks and social movements, and further develops the notion of organized networks. Lovink doesn't just submit to the empty soul of 24/7 communication but rather provides the reader with radical alternatives. Selfie culture is one of many Lovink's topics, along with the internet obsession of American writer Jonathan Franzen, the internet in Uganda, the aesthetics of Anonymous and an anatomy of the Bitcoin religion. Will monetization through cybercurrencies and crowdfunding contribute to a redistribution of wealth or further widen the gap between rich and poor? In this age of the free, how a revenue model of the 99% be collectively designed? Welcome back to the Social Question.
Religious experience in the European Middle Ages represented an intersection of a range of aspects of existence, including everyday life, relations of power, and urban development, among others. As such, religion offered a reflection of many facets of life in this period. This book brings together scholars from different parts of the world who use a variety of different examples from the medieval era to show this specific path through which to reach a renewed perspective for understanding the European Middle Ages.
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
This book offers a unique account of British and United States Governments' attempts to adapt their propaganda strategies to global terrorist threats in a post-9/11 media environment. It discusses Anglo-American coordination and domestic struggles that brought in far-reaching changes to propaganda. Changes that had implications for the structures of legitimacy yet occurred largely in isolation from public debate. The fast-paced evolution of the global information sphere prompted rapid development of practices that raise questions regarding their governance. Dr. Briant argues that independent and public reexamination of continuing strategy development is essential for government accountability and the formation of systems and policies that both respect citizens and build constructive foreign relations. This book's themes will engage a wide readership including scholars, PR professionals and government personnel.
"... Set in the Soviet Caucasus after the Second World War. To celebrate the settlement of a land dispute, the peasants stage a long parable play which explores, through the medium of a distant fairy tale, concepts of justice, social oppression and revolution"--Back cover.