Mahalo -New Human-Powered Search

Mahalo_logoMahalo joins Powerset (see prior post) as the more interesting new engines to launch in 2007 and is deja vu all over again as a reincarnation of the original human-editor created Yahoo search directory, LookSmart, and Mining Company, now Ask.

Mahalo showcases one of the guiding mantras of the Web 2.0 era: "People are the new algorithm."

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Charlie Rose Interviews YouTube's Founders

Youtube_logo_1 Chad Hurley and Steve Chen's view of the world's next-generation media- delivery platform that's changing the face of network TV. As Les Moonves, president of CBS said in his keynote to a packed ballroon at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, "the lines between new and old media have been erased."

Hurley's message — iterated by Moonves — was that the CBS channel on YouTube was itself a success, with 75 million content views since the launch in November.

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BBC's New Interactive Climate Challenge Game

The BBC plans to launch an interactive climate change game entitled “Climate Challenge” on its interactive network January 16th. Climate Challenge builds on the BBC's Climate Chaos collaboration with - the world's largest computing experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century.

Climate_change_game_bbc_1  Climate Challenge players will log on, take “the hot seat” and attempt to guide Europe from 2000 to 2100 while all the time making choices that could make the difference between a safe or dangerous future for humanity. Climate Challenge will be launched on the BBC Science and Nature website.

The choices made by each Climate Challenge player are the real ones that government also has to tackle. Can you juggle the demands of running a country? Can you deliver food, water, and clean energy for a hundred years? Would your ideas save the planet? Or will you just get voted out of power as you make the wrong choices?